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Child Wearing Leather Sandals

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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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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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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EU Consults Over Listing of Two POP Chemicals

The EU is planning to add two substances to its legislation on persistent organic pollutants (POP).
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Energy Saving Led Light Bulbs

Canada Publishes Amendments to the Products Containing Mercury Regulations

The Canada published SOR/2024-109 Regulations Amending the Products Containing Mercury Regulations, which intends to reduce the potential risks of mercury to the environment and human health through measures such as banning the manufacturing and import of mercury containing products, setting mercury content limits for specific products, providing transitional period arrangements, and strengthening labeling and information requirements.
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