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Maryland, USA, Regulates Certain Chemicals in Playground Surface Materials

The US state of Maryland has regulated lead and PFAS chemicals in playground surfacing materials. The restrictions will become effective on October 1, 2024.
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US EPA Expands Methylene Chloride Restrictions to Most Uses

The US EPA has finalized a TSCA rule banning most methylene chloride uses and imposing stringent workplace requirements for a few ongoing applications.
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Turkey Further Aligns Food Contact Plastics Regulation with EU Rules

Turkey has amended its food contact plastics regulation. The provisions in the new law will apply from January 1, 2026.
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US Congress Intends to Ban All Non-essential Uses of PFAS

The US federal government has introduced a proposal to phase out all non-essential uses of PFAS in ten years. If approved, the law will take effect on the date of enactment.
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Colorado, USA, Revises Law on PFAS in Consumer Goods

The US state of Colorado has revised its law on products containing intentionally added PFAS. These amendments will be implemented in phases, starting January 2025.
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China Announces Two Standards for Food Contact Materials

China has issued new mandatory food contact material standards for adhesives and solvent residues.
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Ukraine Specifies Rules for Certain Plastic Kitchenware

Ukraine has defined specific requirements for placing food contact polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware onto the market. The new law will apply from November 19, 2025.
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Australia Consults Over Listing of Two POP Chemicals

Australia has initiated a four-week consultation over its proposed listing of two POP chemicals to the IChEMS Register. These are planned to become effective on July 1, 2026.
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ASTM Publishes New Standard for Beach Umbrellas and Anchor Devices

ASTM has published a new consumer safety specification for beach umbrellas and anchor devices, designated ASTM F3681-24.
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Maine, USA, Revises Law on Products Containing PFAS

The US state of Maine has amended its law on products containing intentionally added PFAS. These revisions will be implemented in phases, starting in January 2026. 
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