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Eurofins | Newsflash - September 2018 | Softlines & Leather

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Europe

 

Recently published standards

 

Below you will find a list of standard references that have been recently published by CEN (non-exhaustive):

(*) Date of withdrawal: latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN have to be withdrawn.
 

Standard Title Supersedes Date of withdrawal*

EN ISO 4048:2018

Leather - Chemical tests - Determination of matter soluble in dichloromethane and free fatty acid content (ISO 4048:2018)

EN ISO 4048:2008

2019-01-31

EN ISO 5398-1:2018

Leather - Chemical determination of chromic oxide content - Part 1: Quantification by titration (ISO 5398-1:2018)

EN ISO 5398-1:2007

2019-01-31

EN ISO 5398-3:2018

Leather - Chemical determination of chromic oxide content - Part 3: Quantification by atomic absorption spectrometry (ISO 5398-3:2018)

EN ISO 5398-3:2007

2019-01-31

EN 16779-1:2018

Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot duvets - Part 1: Duvet (excluding duvet covers)

 

2019-02-28

EN 16780:2018

Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot bumpers

 

2019-02-28

EN 16781:2018

Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's sleep bags for use in a cot

 

2019-02-28

 

 

 

France

 

Eurofins Softlines and leather clothing and footwear

ANSES’ Report: Risk of allergies and skin irritations from clothing and footwear

Cases of allergies and skin irritations associated with clothes or shoes are regularly reported to the Health authorities. In July 2018, the Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l’Alimentation, de l’Environnement et du Travail (ANSES) from France, published a report with the results of its studies and expertise, which has allowed the identification of chemical substances that may be present in these articles and that may be the root cause of these issues.

Based on this study, the Agency issues some recommendations to better protect consumers from the risk of allergies and skin irritations caused by the presence of these substances.
 
Click here for going the publication in the ANSES website (in French).
Click here to access the ANSES report (in French).

 

 

 

US

 

Opened Work Item for ASTM F1816 – Drawstrings on children’s upper outerwear

 

The standard ASTM F1816-97(2009) Standard Safety Specification for Drawstrings on Children's Upper outerwear was inadvertently dropped because it did not pass its mandatory 5 years review on time (Withdrawn during 2018). 

ASTM has activated the Work Item WK64790 to reinstate it as soon as possible without any technical changes because US and Canada regulations use very broadly this standard. Currently this item is going to ballot for approval.

Assuming that this work item passes, it will then be reinstated as F1816.

Meanwhile, CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) will continue to enforce the standard ASTM F1816-97 as usual.

 

 

 

US

 

Eurofins Softlines and Leather public buildings furniture

Amendment proposal for upholstered seating furniture in public-occupied buildings

The Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI) has opened a public consultation about amendment of Sections 1374 and 1374.3 of Division 3 of Title 4 of the California Code of Regulations in upholstered furniture.

This proposal would eliminate the Technical Bulletin (TB) 133 test standard and accompanying label requirements because TB 133 is a redundant test standard that causes confusion within the industry and presents unnecessary health risks.

Comments can be sent at the Bearhtfi’s office not later than 5:00 p.m. on September 17, 2018.

Click here for reading the Bearhtfi’s amendment proposal.