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Seychelles Proposes to Ban Certain Plastics and Requires Biodegradable Products to Meet Prescribed Standards The WTO has recently circulated a notification announcing two draft regulations from the Seychelles prohibiting plastic utensils, polystyrene boxes and certain plastic bags as well as requiring biodegradable forms of these products to conform to prescribed standards. The proposed date of entry into force is August 2017. February 17, 2017 Updates
Proposed Vietnam National Technical Regulation on Azo and Formaldehyde in Textile Products After revocation of Circular No. 37/2015/TT-BCT in November 2016, the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has drafted a new national technical regulation on azo dye and formaldehyde content in textile products sold in the Vietnam market. February 17, 2017 Updates
France Proposes Labeling Requirements for Formaldehyde in Furniture France intends to adopt two proposals relating to labeling requirements for formaldehyde emission standards in furniture, as part of its commitment to the nation’s Environmental Law. The proposals, if approved, will be implemented in two phases starting January 1, 2020. February 17, 2017 Updates
Readiness Checklist: Ease the Transition to ISO 9001:2015 Our ISO 9001:2015 Readiness Checklist guides you in transitioning to the new standard. February 16, 2017 Features
SGS Establishes Global Test Lab For Disposable Hygiene Products SGS has established a new ISO 17025-accredited test lab for disposable hygiene products in Oignies, near Lille in France. February 16, 2017 Business News
EU – Outdoor Table – Revised Standard EN 581-3: 2017 for outdoor table for camping, domestic and contract market have been published. February 15, 2017 Updates
EU Regulates Deca-BDE under REACH The EU has recently implemented measures to regulate Deca-BDE as a completely new entry under Annex XVII of REACH. The new law will be implemented in phases starting March 2, 2019. February 15, 2017 Updates
SGS Expands Elemental Impurity Testing Services at Its Laboratory in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France SGS has invested in a new inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) system at its Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France laboratory. February 15, 2017 Business News
SGS On-Site Laboratory at Pavlik Mine Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 This noteworthy achievement is evidence of SGS’s continued commitment to deliver best-in-class results to its clients. February 15, 2017 Business News
EU Seeks Comments for Draft Guideline on Nickel under REACH The EU is seeking comments for its draft guideline relating to the restriction of nickel falling under Annex XVII of REACH. The deadline for comments is April 19, 2017. February 14, 2017 Updates