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EU Public Consultation for Proposal to Strengthen Migration Limits for Aluminum in Toys
July 17, 2017 Toys and Juvenile Products
The EU has recently launched a public consultation for a proposal to revise the migration limits for soluble aluminum under the Toy Safety Directive. The final date for comments is September 10, 2017.
EU Updates the Use of Butane, Isobutane and Propane in Color Preparation
July 14, 2017 Food
On May 22, 2017, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/874, amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008, concerning the use of butane (E 943a), isobutane (E 943b) and propane (E 944) in color preparation.
EU – ECHA Amends SVHC Candidate List to Contain 174 Entries and Updates One Entry
July 12, 2017 Automotive, Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Electrical Medical Devices
On July 7, 2017, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added one new Substance of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List and updated another substance’s properties on the List. The addition of the new SVHC brings the total number of entries to 174.
California Lists Penta-BDE Mixture Under Prop 65
July 12, 2017 Automotive, Toys and Juvenile Products, Hardgoods, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics
California has recently listed Penta-BDE mixture, a technical mixture of flame retardants, under Proposition 65. The provision for clear and reasonable warnings will become effective on July 7, 2018.
China – Certain Industry Standards Abolished
July 10, 2017 Softlines
According to the No. 23 Announcement issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China on June 2, 2017, 2749 industry standards have been abolished, including certain industry standards relating to softlines.
EU Expands SVHC on Authorization List
June 28, 2017 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical Medical Devices, Food, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household, Electrical and Electronics
The EU has recently added 12 SVHCs to the Authorization List in Annex XIV of REACH. There are no exemptions to the use of these newly added substances.