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Eurofins | Newsflash - May 2018 | Textile and Consumer goods

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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).

Some highlights of this new version:

  • Explanation on the specific scope of use of symbols for U.S. market.
  • The care symbols can be used together with the care explanation in English.
  • Include Wet Clean Symbols. For the professional wet clean symbol the care instructions will be included.
  • Symbol for dry-cleaning instruction with the letter P or F.
  • Only mild cycle for dry-cleaning represented by a bar under the circle symbol.

Click here to access the ASTM website.  


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”.

According to this ordinance: “Beginning January 1, 2019, it shall be unlawful to sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade,  give, donate, or otherwise distribute a Fur Product by any means in San Francisco”.

here for getting the ordinance published in City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors website.  


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:

 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.
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”)

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.

The aim of this guidance is to address hazards from inhaling methylene chloride vapors by the use of proper labelling

here for getting the draft notification with reference: G/TBT/N/USA/1357

here for getting the publication in the Federal Register


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
Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) 13674–87–8
Tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP) 115–1496–8
Antimony trioxide 1309–64–4
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) 25637–99–4
Bis(2-Ethylhexyl)-3,4,5,6- tetrabromophthalate (TBPH) 26040–51–7
2-EthylhexYl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate (TBB) 183658– 27–7
Chlorinated paraffins 85535–84–8
Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP) 13674–84–5
PentaBDE 32534-81-9
OctaBDE 32536-52-0
Any other chemical flame retardants specified by the department pursuant to subsection (C) of  SB1175  

here for getting the Bill S.1175 from the 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.