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Japan Designates PFOA isomers and PFOA-related compounds as Class I Specified Substances

Japan has added PFOA isomers, their salts and PFOA-related compounds as part of the nation’s management program on Class I Specified Substances. With a few exceptions, many of the provisions in the new cabinet order will apply from January 10, 2025.
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Argentina Revises Labeling Requirements for Imported Textile, Garment and Footwear Products

The Argentine Ministry of Economy has issued Resolution 49/2024 to streamline labelling requirements for imported textiles, garments and footwear. Specifically, it repeals Resolution No. 404/16 of the Ministry of Commerce and modifies articles in Resolutions No. 26/96 and No. 850/96.
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EU Consults Over BPA and other Bisphenols in Certain Food Contact Materials and Articles

The EU has informed the WTO of its draft regulation on the use of BPA and other bisphenols and bisphenol derivatives in certain food contact materials and articles. This proposal is intended to be adopted in November 2024.
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China Issues Mandatory Product Standard for Infant and Children’s Footwear – GB 30585-2024

GB 30585-2024 – Safety technical specifications for infants' and children's footwear – was released on May 28, 2024, and will become effective on June 1, 2025.
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Thailand Consults Over Mandatory Standards for Certain Food Contact Products

The WTO has circulated three draft ministerial regulations from Thailand on the nation’s intention to mandate the use of several standards for certain food contact materials and articles.
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China Issues Mandatory Product Standard for General Safety Requirements in Footwear – GB 25038-2024

GB 25038-2024 – General safety requirements for footwear – was released on May 28, 2024, and will be officially implemented on June 1, 2025.
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Georgia Regulates Food Contact Regenerated Cellulose Films

Georgia has issued a technical regulation on regenerated cellulose film materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. The technical regulation will become effective on January 1, 2026.
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UK Revises GB Mandatory Classification and Labeling List for Substances and Mixtures

The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has amended the Great Britain mandatory classification and labeling list (GB MCL list) for substances and mixtures. The revision applied from June 26, 2024.
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Pennsylvania Updates ’Stuffed Toy Manufacturing Act’ to Permit Use of Recycled Materials

Pennsylvania signs law permitting the use of recycled materials in all stuffed toys manufactured and sold within the state.
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Rhode Island, USA, Regulates PFAS in Certain Consumer Goods

The US state of Rhode Island has become the latest state to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in several categories of consumer product. The new measures will be implemented in phases, starting January 2027.
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