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US Legislative Developments: Flame Retardants in Consumer Products
March 19, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods
Several jurisdictions in the US have introduced bills to restrict certain flame retardants in consumer products. The scope of products and types of flame retardant are jurisdiction dependent.
Health Canada Publishes Updated Industry Guide on Futon Flammability Requirements
March 19, 2019 Hardgoods
On February 28, 2019, Health Canada published an updated industry guide on futon flammability requirements under Mattresses Regulations (SOR/2016-183). However, there is no change to the Mattresses Regulations.
EU Ecolabel Criteria Established for Tissue Paper and Tissue Products
March 18, 2019 Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
On January 11, 2019, European Commission published Decision (EU) 2019/70 to establish the EU Ecolabel criteria for tissue paper and tissue products. This Decision includes Ecolabel criteria for graphic paper as well.
US Legislative Developments: PFAS Chemicals in Firefighting and Food Packaging Products
March 13, 2019 Hardgoods, Food
Several states in the US have introduced bills to prohibit PFAS chemicals in firefighting foams, firefighting personal protective equipment and/or food packaging. The scope of products is jurisdiction dependent.
New European Standard for Fastness of Fluorescent Whitened Paper and Board for Food Contact
March 12, 2019 Hardgoods, Food
CEN has published EN 648:2018 for the determination of the fastness of fluorescent whitened paper and board intended for food contact. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by May 2019 at the latest.
ASTM Publishes New Standard for Infant Bathers
March 4, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products
In February 2019, ASTM releases a new safety standard designated as ASTM F3343-19 for infant bathers. This standard establishes performance requirements, test methods and labelling requirements for the safe use of infant bathers.