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Monday, March 12, 2018

Europe - Textile

New Draft Amendment for Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006

On February 1st 2018, the European Commission notified World Trade Organization (WTO) draft  Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH) as regards certain substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) category 1A or 1B.

This draft would introduce a new entry into Annex XVII to REACH. It would prohibit the placing on the market of the substances listed in Appendix 12 (above specified concentrations) in:

  • Clothing or related accessories
  • Textiles other than clothing which, under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, come into contact with human skin to an extent similar to clothing
  • Footwear

Click here for getting the draft text.

 

Europe - Textile

New Amendment to Textile Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011

On 26th January, an amendment to Annexes I, II , VI, VIII and IX to Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011 on textile fibre names and related labelling and marking of the fibre composition of textile products was published in the Official Journal of the European Union
 
The main points of this amendment are:
 

Annex

Main points

Description

I

Addition of row 50

Polyacrylate has been added to the List of textile fibre names
 

II

Amendment

The points (2), (3), (5) and (7) are replaced by the indicated text in this amendment
 

A new point (8) is added

VI

Item 18 is replaced

The new text is:
‘18. Sewing, mending and embroidery yarns presented for retail sale’

VIII

Chapter 2 is amended

New method No. 17 has been added “Polyester and certain other fibres (Method using trichloroacetic acid and chloroform”

Methods No.1, No.5, No.6, No.8, No.9, No.13, No.15  are amended

IX

Entry 50 is added

In the table of ”Agreed allowances used to calculate the mass of fibres contained in a textile product”, a new entry (No 50) for Polyacrylate has been added

 
This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
 
Click here for getting the official publication.

 

Europe - Textile

Recently Published Standards

Below you will find a list of standard references that have been recently published by CEN (European Committee for Standardization) related to Textile:
 

Reference

Title

Date of availability

EN ISO 12138:2018

Textiles - Domestic laundering procedures for textile fabrics prior to flammability testing (ISO 12138:2017)

2018-02-14

EN ISO 15797:2018

Textiles - Industrial washing and finishing procedures for testing of workwear (ISO 15797:2017)

2018-02-14

EN ISO 20701:2018

Leather - Tests for colour fastness - Colour fastness to saliva (ISO 20701:2017)

2018-02-14

EN ISO 3175-1:2018

Textiles - Professional care, drycleaning and wetcleaning of fabrics and garments - Part 1: Assessment of performance after cleaning and finishing (ISO 3175-1:2017)

2018-01-24

EN ISO 3175-2:2018

Textiles - Professional care, drycleaning and wetcleaning of fabrics and garments - Part 2: Procedure for testing performance when cleaning and finishing using tetrachloroethene (ISO 3175-2:2017)

2018-01-24

EN ISO 3175-3:2018

Textiles - Professional care, drycleaning and wetcleaning of fabrics and garments - Part 3: Procedure for testing performance when cleaning and finishing using hydrocarbon solvents (ISO 3175-3:2017)

2018-01-24

 

Europe - REACH

ECHA’s Enforcement Forum’s Latest Project (REF-4)

On 8 February 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the REF-4 project report.

As mentioned in this report: “The aims of the project were to raise awareness of restrictions in REACH Annex XVII, to identify non-compliance related to restrictions in the EU-market, to follow-up with enforcement action and to achieve a greater degree of compliance and thus a greater degree of health and environmental protection”

The scope of the project included 14 different restriction entries in REACH Annex XVII as included in Table 1 of the project report as extracted below:
 

REACH Annex XVII Entry No.

Substances

Products tested

5

Benzene

Glues for consumers and professionals

6

Asbestos fibres

In articles

23

Cadmium and its compounds

Plastic materials/packaging and other articles, brazing fillers and jewellery

27

Nickel and its compounds

Jewellery and metal parts (e.g. buttons, zippers)

32

Chloroform

Glues for consumers and professionals

43

Azocolourants and Azodyes

Textile and leather articles

45

Diphenylether, octabromo derivative (OctaBDE)

Substances and mixtures and articles

47

Chromium VI             

Leather articles and cement

48

Toluene

Adhesives and spray paints intended for the supply to the general public

49

Trichlorobenzene

Substances and mixtures

50

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Articles for supply to the general public

51, 52

Phthalates

Toys and childcare articles

63

Lead and its compounds

Jewellery

 
Within other non-compliances, the highest non-compliance rates in the scope of the project were with: phthalates in toys, Cadmium in brazing fillers and Asbestos

As a summary, the results from this enforcement project show that there are significant amounts of non-compliant products (products containing restricted substances) on the EU/EEA market.

An extract from the ECHA’s project report: “As the non-compliance relating to REACH restrictions is not something that can be seen by just looking at the product, the only way to get into more compliance is to influence and enhance the responsibility of companies in the supply chain. They need to get information on the chemical composition of products they buy from their suppliers, and they need to have such agreements in force in the supply chain, that it is not worth selling non-compliant products further in the supply chain. In addition, the enforcement authorities need to continue enforcing the REACH restrictions by analysing products on the market”

Click here for getting the ECHA’s REF-4 project report.

 

Europe - Consumer Goods

Plastic and Circular Economy

The European Commission has adopted a strategy concerning plastic materials which is established as a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It’s expected that all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the single-use plastic consumption will be reduced, and the intentional use of micro-plastics will be limited.

Click here to access the European Commission Press release

 

Europe - Consumer Goods

Green Public Procurement Criteria for Paints, Varnishes and Road Marking

In January 2018, the European Commission published the new Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for paints, varnishes and road marking.

These criteria are voluntary and are designed to make it easier for public authorities to purchase goods, services and works with reduced environmental impacts.

Click here for getting the Commission staff working document

 

US - Textile

California Proposes to List Carpets and Rugs Containing Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) As a Priority Product

Recently, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a Product-Chemical Profile which proposes to add carpets and rugs with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) as a Priority Product.

PFASs are a class of fluorinated organic chemicals showing high environmental persistence, bioaccumulation, toxicological and other environmental hazard traits. PFASs have been widely used as surface treatments for leather and textiles, food packaging, metal plating fume suppressants, detergents and so on. Treated carpets and rugs with stain- , soil-, oil or water-resistance are main exposures to PFASs.

The following products are not covered in this proposal:

  • Carpets and rugs for outdoors use;
  • Carpets and rugs for planes, trains, buses, automobiles, or any other indoor environments besides buildings;
  • Resilient floor covering;
  • Artificial turf;
  • Wall hangings and coverings;
  • Table mats;
  • Camping mats;

Comments can be submitted by March 23, 2018. For more information click here

 

US - Textile

New Rule for the Use of House Marks in Textile Labels

On 23 January 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published an amendment to the Textile Rules 16 CFR 303. It is in force since 22ndFebruary.

With this new amendment, the Commission is eliminating an obsolete provision requiring that house word trademark owners furnish the agency with a copy of the mark’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registration before using the mark on labels, since FTC recognizes that registered house marks can be found by searching online or at the USPTO’s Website.

Click here to access the FTC website

 

US - Consumer Goods

California Proposition 65 Reformulations (February, 2018)

California Proposition 65 is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, which has been effective for almost 30 years. Due to the implement of California Proposition 65, more and more court cases are settled to reduce the exposure to carcinogenic and toxic for reproduction chemicals by reformulating consumer products containing such chemicals.

In order to keep retailers and manufacturers up-to-date, highlights of some recent consent agreements are summarized as below:
 

Product

Chemical

Limit

Case No

Plastic weekly planner products

DEHP, DINP

1000ppm
Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement.

Out of court
 

Cleaning tool

Lead

300ppm
Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement.

Out of court

 

US, Canada - Consumer Goods

New Window Covering Safety Standards

At the beginning of this year, the Window Covering Manufacturer Association (WCMA) announced the approval of a new window covering standard, ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2018 which will be in force from 15 December 2018.

This new safety standard, strengthens window-covering safety by requiring that all stock products sold in stores and online (in the US and Canada) to be cordless or have inaccessible or short cords.

For more information check below source:

Source: The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA)

 

China - Textile

Public Consultation on 47 Textile Industry Draft Standards

On Feb 8, 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China launched public consultation on 47 textile industry draft standards such as wall cloth, silk bedding, wind coat, etc. The deadline for comments is 11 March 2018.

Some examples of the above mentioned draft standards:
 

No.

Standard No.

Standard Name

Replaced Standard

1

FZ/T 44003-2018

Wall cloth

-

2

FZ/T 44004-2018

Silk bedding

-

3

FZ/T 81010-2018

Wind coat

FZ/T 81010-2009

4

FZ/T 81022-2018

Woven kitchen apparel

-

 
The complete list can be found here (in Chinese).

 

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