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Plastic Polymer Flakes

EC Website Issues Latest Current Thinking on Microplastics in Products

The European Commission’s technical services have issued their latest current thinking and additional information on the implementation of the law on microplastics under REACH
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Plastic Chopping Boards

Ukraine Regulates Food Contact Plastics

Ukraine has approved the nation’s requirements for food contact plastics. These will become effective on November 19, 2025
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China Consults Over Proposed Standards for Toys and Jewelry

China has informed the WTO of its intention to replace four standards for toy safety and one standard for jewelry.
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Button Cell Battery

CPSC Reminds Interested Parties About Reese's Law Implementation Dates

Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Office of Compliance and Field Operations has sent a reminder that the regulations issued under Reese’s Law are scheduled to be enforced in March 2024.
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Plastic Storage Containers

EU Consults Over Proposed Ban on BPA and Other Bisphenols in Food Contact Materials

The EU has initiated a consultation on the use of BPA and other bisphenols in food contact materials and articles. Comments are being accepted until March 8, 2024.
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Shoe Polish Essentials

AFIRM Releases 2024 Restricted Substances List (RSL) Guidance for Suppliers

On February 1, 2024, the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group released its 2024 RSL Guidance for suppliers. AFIRM is a global organization offering essential resources to support the implementation of sustainable and self-governing RSL throughout the apparel and footwear supply chain. It provides a very useful RSL toolkit for brands and retailers.
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SGS MultiLab 2

US Legislative Developments: PFAS in Consumer Goods

Several states in the US have introduced bills to regulate PFAS in a range of consumer products. The scope of products and their requirements are jurisdiction dependent.
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New Registration Requirements for Mattress-related Businesses in Washington, D.C., USA

All entities, whether facilities, businesses, retailers or corporations involved in the manufacturing, renovating, and/or sale of bedding, mattresses or other upholstered furniture, must complete registration with the Division of Community Hygiene under DC Health in the District of Columbia.
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Operation Emergency Firefighters Using Foam

Denmark Bans PFAS in Firefighting Foams

Denmark has regulated the import, sale and use of PFAS in firefighting foams. The new law became effective on January 1, 2024.
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SGS Multi Lab

Japan Intends to Ban PFOA and PFOA-related Compounds

Japan has launched a one-month consultation on its proposal to designate PFOA isomers, their salts and PFOA-related compounds as Class I Specified Chemical Substances. Comments are accepted until March 1, 2024.
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