Eurofins | Newsflash - May 2018 | Textile and Consumer goods
Monday, May 7, 2018
US - Textile
Review of guide for care symbols and instructions on textile products
The ASTM D 5489 standard , that provides a system of symbols for the disclosure of care instructions on textile products, has been revised by The American Society for testing and Materials (ASTM).
US (San Francisco) - Textile
Fur and fur products banned in San Francisco
The City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors has recently unanimously voted to pass the “Ordinance amending the Health Code to ban the sale and manufacture in San Francisco of animal fur products”.
Europe - Consumer goods
Recommended restriction on flame retardants
On 5th April 2018, the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) published a Screening report about the use of Flame retardants in articles.
The flame retardants under study are:
|SUBSTANCE NAMES (IUPAC)||EC NUMBERS||CAS NUMBERS|
|tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)||204-118-5||115-96-8|
|tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate (TCPP)||237-158-7||13674-84-5|
|Reaction mass of tris(2-chloropropyl) phosphate and tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate and Phosphoric acid, bis(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) 2-chloropropyl ester and Phosphoric acid, 2-chloro-1-methylethyl bis(2-chloropropyl) ester (TCPP)||(-)||(-)|
|tris[2-chloro-1-(chloromethyl)ethyl] phosphate (TDCP)||237-159-2||13674-87-8|
Since the screening assessment identified a risk for children from exposure to TCEP, TCPP and TDCP in flexible polyurethane (PUR) foams in childcare articles and residential upholstered furniture, ECHA recommends an Annex XV restriction dossier is prepared.
Click here for getting the Screening report – “An assessment of whether the use of TCEP, TCPP and TDCP in articles should be restricted”
UK - Consumer goods
Ecolabel products after the Brexit
After the Brexit, the EU Ecolabel Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 will no longer apply in the United Kingdom.
For this reason the European Commission has published a notice to stakeholders regarding this topic (“Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules for the use of the EU Ecolabel”)
Click here for getting the publication in the European Commission Website.
US - Consumer goods
Labelling of Methylene Chloride in Household Products
On 10th April 2018, the Consumer Product Safety Commission notified the World Trade Organization the supplemental Guidance about Labelling of Certain Household Products Containing Methylene Chloride.
US (Massachusetts) - Consumer goods
New requirements for flame retardants
Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health has reported Bill S.1175 favorably (“An Act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants”). This act would ban the manufacture or sale of bedding, carpeting, residential upholstered furniture, window treatment and products “marketed for use by children 12 years of age or under” that contain more than 1,000 ppm of flame retardants, by weight. Following the flame retardants list:
|Chemical name||CAS number|
|Bis(2-Ethylhexyl)-3,4,5,6- tetrabromophthalate (TBPH)||26040–51–7|
|2-EthylhexYl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate (TBB)||183658– 27–7|
|Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP)||13674–84–5|
|Any other chemical flame retardants specified by the department pursuant to subsection (C) of SB1175|
Click here for getting the Bill S.1175 from the 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.