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SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 067/17

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The Chinese National Consumer Product Safety Standardization Technical Commission has recently conducted a public consultation for a proposal to restrict chemicals in consumer products. If approved, the standard will restrict 103 chemicals in a wide range of consumer products.

On March 28, 2017, the Chinese National Consumer Product Safety Standardization Technical Commission published an announcement [1] to launch a 19-day public consultation for a proposal to restrict 103 chemicals in a wide range of consumer products. The requirements for these restricted chemicals are from a variety of national and international standards. These include:

  • Chinese national standards (GB and GB/T)
  • EN 71-9 relating to organic chemicals in toys
  • EN 71-12 relating to n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances in toys
  • European legislative requirements – Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on REACH, Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on food contact plastics, and Directive 2014/81/EU on bisphenol A (BPA) in toys
  • Oeko Tex Standards for textile products

One of the main objectives of this proposal is to strengthen chemical safety in consumer products and to enhance the quality of consumer goods in China. The proposal regulates a comprehensive list of chemicals, including:

  • Heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium (VI), lead, mercury and nickel
  • Organic chemicals such as alcohols, aldehydes, alkanes, alkenes, amines, asbestos, benzene, BPA, dyes, esters, ethers, haloalkanes, methylbenzene, phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)
  • Organometallic compounds such as organotins and salts

The consultation period ended on April 15, 2017. Once the standard is adopted and published, it will become a national standard for chemical safety in consumer products for China. This standard can also be used by competent authorities overseeing the quality and safety of consumer products entering the China market.

A number of restriction examples related to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1. Representative examples of restricted substances related to EEEs

Entry No.
(Draft standard)
Chemical CAS No.             Restriction requirement
1 Lead 7439-92-1
  • ≤ 1000 mg/kg in homogeneous materials of EEEs
  • Shall not be intentionally added to metal coatings in each part of telecommunication terminal products
2 Mercury 7439-97-6
4 Chromium (VI) 18540-29-9
  • ≤ 1000 mg/kg in homogeneous materials of EEEs
  • Shall not be intentionally added to metal coatings in each part of telecommunication terminal products 
  • ≤ 1 g/kg in furniture and decorative building materials
8 Cadmium 7440-43-9
  • ≤ 100 mg/kg in homogeneous materials of EEEs
  • Shall not be intentionally added to metal coatings of each part of the telecommunication terminal product
32 PBB 59536-65-1 ≤ 1000 mg/kg in homogeneous materials of EEEs
52 PBDE ≤ 1000 mg/kg in homogeneous materials of EEEs (Deca-BDE is exempted)

Note
Article 4.2 of GB/T 22727.1-2008 [2] ‘Limits and methods of measurement of certain hazardous substances in telecommunication product. Part 1: Telecommunication terminal’.

Table 2. Definitions

Acronym Name
PBB Polybrominated biphenyls
PBDE Polybrominated diphenyl ethers

The global footprint of SGS will support you in product compliance with global RoHS (EU, China, Korea, US, etc.), REACH/SVHC, textiles or hard-goods, or toy regulations and many more consumer product related requirements like packaging materials or battery requirements. Whether you are in need of chemical testing, or services in the fields of inspection, certification, compliance assurance, outsourcing, training or auditing SGS provides services to help your products to be fit for the market requirements of the future – whatever the legal frameworks might be.

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Li Li
Technical Support, EET RSTS
t: +86 21 61405135

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