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RAPEX 2018 Annual Report – 2,257 dangerous products alerts and 4,050 follow-up actions
24. Jun 2019 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
The European Commission’s 2018 RAPEX Annual Report shows a stabilization in the number of dangerous product reports and follow-up actions for national authorities.
China Issues Conformity Assessment System for China RoHS 2
18. Jun 2019 Electrical and Electronics
Implementation Arrangements for the Conformity Assessment System for China RoHS 2 were issued on May 16, 2019. Products listed in the Standard Achieving Management Catalog (First Batch) manufactured or imported after November 1, 2019 shall comply with the implementation arrangement.
EU Allows One More UV Filter, Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine, in Cosmetics
11. Jun 2019 Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
On April 30, 2019, the European Commission published regulation (EU) 2019/680 to allow one more UV filter, Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine, in cosmetics. This regulation will come into force on May 22, 2019.
Minnesota, USA, Strengthens Flame Retardant Law and Bans PFAS Chemicals in Firefighting Foams
11. Jun 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods
Minnesota has approved measures to expand its existing law on flame retardants and to prohibit PFAS chemicals in firefighting foams. The new law on flame retardants will be implemented in phases, starting July 21, 2021.
Carb Updates Guidelines to Assist the Composite Wood Products Industry
11. Jun 2019 Hardgoods, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
CARB has recently published two revised guidelines to assist the composite wood products industry to comply with formaldehyde emission requirements falling under CARB and the US EPA Title VI Regulations. These guidance documents reflect the latest status in these two pieces of legislation.
California Proposition 65 – 60 Day-Notices on Hexavalent Chromium on Leather Products
10. Jun 2019 Softlines
Six new California Proposition 65 60-day notices have recently been issued alleging that some brands and retailers are selling leather gloves in California that contain hexavalent chromium in violation of California Proposition 65. The notices serve as an intent to bring lawsuit against the recipients.
EU Bans Hair Coloring Substance (2-chloro-p-phenylenediamine) and its Salts in Cosmetics
06. Jun 2019 Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
On April 30, 2019, the European Commission published regulation (EU) 2019/681 to ban a hair coloring substance (2-chloro-p-phenylenediamine) and its salts in cosmetics. This regulation will come into force on May 22, 2019.