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Thursday, September 13, 2018



Eurofins Consumer goods detergent ecolabels

Detergents Ecolabels: extension of transitional periods

A number of national bodies responsible for awarding the European Union's ecolabels have informed the European Commission of the need to extend these transition periods by six months because of the large number of applications they have received for the renewal of the contracts for the award of these labels. The Commission carried out an assessment which confirmed the need to extend the six-month transition periods.

On 13th July 2018,  the European Commission published the amending Decisions (EU) 2017/1214, (EU) 2017/1215, (EU) 2017/1216, (EU) 2017/1218 and (EU) 2017/1219 as regards the duration of the transitional period in the  Official Journal of the European Union.
This text extends the transitional periods for the application of the revised criteria and new requirements for the ecolabel for the following products: hand dishwashing detergents, industrial and community dishwashing detergents, laundering detergents dishwashing, textile detergents, textile detergents for industrial or community purposes.






Electronic Cigarette guide


On 27th July 2018,  the Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes (DGCCRF) published an article about Electronic cigarettes.
In this article, the DGCCRF has done a summary about this product (definition, regulations, classification of substances, chargers, batteries, etc…).
Click here for reading the DGCCRF article (in French).





Eurofins Consumer good california prop 65

California Proposition 65 warning requirements IN FORCE

New Proposition 65 warning requirements are effective from August 30, 2018.
Comparing to the current warning requirements, the new rule includes following main amendments:

  • The warning shall be preceded by a symbol that is bold black-outlined, yellow equilateral triangle with an exclamation point in the center. The symbol should be placed to the left of the word ”WARNING” and no smaller than the height of this word
  • The word” WARNING” must be all in capital letters and bold printed
  • The warning content should disclose one or more Proposition 65-listed chemicals and the risks of exposure like cancer or reproductive harm. For instance, when the product can cause exposure to a carcinogen:
    •  WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including [name of one or more chemicals], which is [are] known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to
  • Abbreviated "on-product" warnings are permitted not to disclosure the name of the listed chemicals in the product. For instance, when the product can cause exposure to reproductive toxicants:

Products manufactured after August 30, 2018 must comply with the newest Proposition 65 warning requirements to reduce the risk of recall and lawsuits. Click here for FAQ.






California Proposition 65 Reformulations (August, 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 of carcinogenic and reproductive chemicals by reformulating the consumer products containing such chemicals.

In order to keep retailers and manufacturers up-to-date, the highlights of the consent agreement are summarized as below:

Product Chemical Limit Case No

Christmas Stockings


Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement.

San Francisco Superior Court CGC-18-564284

Brass compass wheel


Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement.

Out of court

Measuring cups with exterior designs


120 ppm
Labeling is not allowed

Out of court

Do IT Icemaker Kit


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

Out of court