When West Meets West - Chemical Safety Awareness Grows for Apparels and Footwear
USA is Getting Alerted
Proposition 65, a California law, known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, was enacted in 1986. Currently the more than 850 chemicals listed, which are believed to cause cancer, birth defects, etc. are taken as the reference to identify dangerous chemicals that are to be prohibited.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 was implemented on August 14, 2009. The Act reauthorized the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for 2010 - 2014 and expands the Commission’s role in ensuring the safety of consumer products. Joining the party are California’s Green Chemistry law, the Washington State Law on Chemicals in Children’s products and the proposed laws in Maine and Minnesota.
U.S., Canada and Mexico to strengthen Consumer Product Safety Across North America
Following the US CPSIA, the Canadian government announced a new regulation (Canada Consumer Product Safety Act) restricting the use of lead and phthalates in children’s products. This regulation became effective in June 2011.
On September 26 and 27, the First North America Consumer Product Safety Summit was held at the CPSC Headquarters in Bethesda, MD. Representatives from the consumer product safety agencies of NAFTA members, the United States, Canada, and Mexico met to discuss how to promote and strengthen co-operation and engagement in ensuring the safety of products made and sold across the region.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), the Mexican Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco), and Health Canada have reached an understanding on actions needed to strengthen their trilateral cooperation, in a spirit of cooperation, respect for sovereignty and the limits of domestic laws, and concern for the safety of consumers.
According to the summit’s joint statement the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and the Consumer Protection Federal Agency of Mexico (Profeco) agreed on a cooperative engagement framework that will allow technical staff to engage bilaterally or trilaterally during the next two years in six areas:
- Consultation on proposed regulations and voluntary standards
- Co-operation on risk assessment
- Co-operation on import and market surveillance
- Co-operation on training and outreach within and outside North America
- Co-ordinate consumer awareness campaigns
- Consultation on potential joint recalls or other corrective actions
Mexico and Canada share major land borders with the United States and products made in North America, or imported from outside NAFTA territories, may easily find their way into each other’s jurisdictions. For more information on SGS market access services for footwear and apparel, visit SGS Softlines.
Karen E. Kyllo, Ph.D.
Deputy Vice President, Global Softlines
SGS U.S. Testing Company, Inc.
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