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U.S. California Prop 65 60-Day Notices on Bisphenol-A (BPA) in Socks

According to California Proposition 65, the California-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) sent 60-day notices to many companies in early September 2021 after testing showed BPA presence in socks at many times over the safe limit of the chemical. The socks of concern are made primarily of polyester with Spandex.

AATCC Launches New Test Method to Measure Fibre Shedding

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) launched TM212-2021, a new method to test fiber shedding during home laundering which aims to tackle the amount of water pollution caused by microfibres and microplastics.

UK Extends CE Mark Acceptance Period Until January 1, 2023

Following industry pressure, the UK Government has announced an extension to the period CE marking will be accepted in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

China Releases a Measure of Supervision and Administration for Cosmetic Manufacturing and Operations

China has released a Measure of Supervision and Administration for Cosmetic Manufacturing and Operations as a supplement to the Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulation for the cosmetics industry.

U.S. FTC Retains Care Labelling Requirement for Apparel

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted in an open Commission meeting on July 2021 to retain its longstanding Care Labelling Rule for apparel and certain textile piece goods. This decision came after the Commission sought comment in July 2020 on a proposal to repeal.

Brazil Issues Legislation for Baby Bottles and Teats

Brazil’s ordinance on baby bottles and teats entered into force on June 1, 2021. A recent amendment made editorial changes to the list of complementary documents for conformity assessment requirements.

U.S. California DTSC Adopts Carpets and Rugs that contain PFAS as Priority Product

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) adopted carpets and rugs containing perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a Priority Product effective July 1, 2021, under the state’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program.

Release of IFRA 50th Amendment

Notification of the 50th amendment to the IFRA Standards was released on June 30, 2021 with one new prohibition of the substance mintlactone.

EU Restricts the Use of Tetrahydropyranyloxy Phenol and Dihydroxyacetone in Cosmetics

European Regulation (EU) 2021/1099, released on July 5, 2021, amends the requirements for the use of Tetrahydropyranyloxy Phenol (CAS No. 53936-56-4) and Dihydroxyacetone (96-26-4) in cosmetic products.

Peru Consults Over Proposal to Ban BPA in Food Contact Varnishes and Coatings for Young Children

Peru has launched a 90-day public consultation on a proposal to ban BPA in varnishes and coatings that are used in food contact materials and articles for infants and young children. Comments are accepted until September 2, 2021.