EU Publishes Toy Safety Standard EN 71 Part 3: Migration of Certain Elements Amendment

In June 2017, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published an amended version of European standard EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018, Safety of toys – Part 3: Migration of certain elements.

The amendments are primarily related to lead limit and are highlighted as below:

Category I toy materials, migration lead limit changed from 13.5 mg/kg to 2.0 mg/kg
Category II toy materials, migration lead limit changed from 3.4 mg/kg to 0.5 mg/kg
Category III toy materials, migration lead limit changed from 160 mg/kg to 23 mg/kg

EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018 will be given the status of a national standard and the conflicting national standards will be withdrawn by December 2018 at the latest. This standard is expected to be harmonized under the Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC when accepted by the European Commission (EC) and published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Baby Changing Products

On Jul. 2, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal standard intended to improve the safety of baby changing products, which include changing tables, changing table accessories, add-on changing units and contoured changing pads. The effective date for the new mandatory baby changing products standard is June 26, 2019. The standard will apply to products manufactured or imported on or after that date.

The new federal standard incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F2388-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Products for Domestic Use), with no modifications. The standard addresses the hazard patterns associated with the use of baby changing products and includes requirements for structural integrity, restraint-system integrity and warnings on labels and in instructional literature. 

Changing tables used in public facilities, such as public restrooms, are covered by ASTM F2285, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Diaper Changing Tables for Commercial Use, and are not subject to ASTM F2388-18 or the new mandatory standard.

US Exempts Certain Wood from Third Party Testing of Heavy Metal and Phthalate

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a Final Rule of 16 CFR Part 1252 in Federal Register which exempts the specified engineered wood products (EWPs) from third party testing for compliance with the requirements for lead, ASTM F963 elements or phthalates. This rule shall enter into force from 23 July 2018.
CPSC determined that the EWPs listed in Annex did not exceed the lead content (section 101 (a) of CPSIA), the ASTM F963-17 elements (Sb, As, Ba, Cd, Cr, Pb, Hg, Se) solubility limits and the phthalates content limits (section 108 (a) and (b)(3) of CPSIA) with high degree of assurance. Therefore, the accessible components parts of children’s products, children’s toys, and child care articles made with EWPs listed in Annex are not required to be third party tested.
Annex:
1. For EWPs that do not exceed the lead content limits and the ASTM F963-17 elements solubility limits with a high degree of assurance:
1) Particleboard that is untreated and unfinished made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste;
2) Hardwood plywood that is untreated and unfinished made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste; and
3) Medium-density fiberboard that is untreated and unfinished made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste.

2. For EWPs that do not exceed the phthalates content limit with a high degree of assurance:
1) Particleboard that is untreated and unfinished made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste;
2) Hardwood plywood that is untreated and unfinished made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste and does not contain polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) adhesive formulations; and
3) Medium-density fiberboard that is untreated and unfinished made from virgin wood or pre-consumer wood waste.

Notes:
1. Lead content limit according to section 101 (a) of CPSIA: ≤100 ppm

2. Phthalate content limit section 108 (a) and (b)(3) of CPSIA: ≤0.1% for the following:
Children’s toy or child care article
1) di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP),
2) dibutyl phthalate (DBP),
3) benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP);
4) diisononyl phthalate (DINP),
5) diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP),
6) di-n-pentyl phthalate (DPENP),
7) di-n-hexyl phthalate (DHEXP), and
8) dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)

3. Solubility limits (mg/kg) of the elements stated in ASTM F963-17:
1) Sb: 60
2) As: 25
3) Ba: 1000
4) Cd: 75
5) Cr: 60
6) Pb: 90
7) Hg: 60
8) Se: 500

4. Pre-consumer wood waste: wood materials that have been recycled from an industrial process before being made available for consumer use.

5. CPSIA: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Latest Product Recalls June 2018

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Consumer Product Recalls June 2018

 

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ECHA Added Ten New Substances to SVHC Candidate List

On June 27, 2018, ECHA added 10 new substances to the Candidate List, which includes TMA and DCHP due to their respiratory sensitizing properties and toxic for reproduction and endocrine-disrupting properties, respectively. The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorization now contains 191 substances.

10 Substances included in the Candidate List for authorization on 27 June 2018 and their SVHC properties are listed as follows:

 

ECHA Added Ten New Substances to SVHC Candidate List

China Releases Four National Standards for Paper Products

On Jun. 14, 2018, the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China released four national standards for paper products, i.e.: GB/T 22875-2018 Paper diaper and superabsorbent polymer for sanitary towel, GB/T 8939-2018 Sanitary absorbent pads (including pantiliner), GB/T 20810-2018 Bathroom tissue (including bathroom tissue base paper), and GB/T 36420-2018 Household paper and paper products: chemical products and raw material safety evaluation management system, of which GB/T 36420-2018 is a new standard.

The details of the four standards are listed as below:

 

EU Approved Two Plastic Substances as Food Contact Materials

On 6 June 2018, the Official Journal of EU issued the (EU) 2018/831, amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. The new regulation adds 1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphtalene-2,6-dicarboxylic acid, dimethyl ester and [3-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)propyl]trimethoxy silane as food contact materials, and also amends the use of Perchloric acid, salts and phosphorous acid, mixed 2,4-bis(1,1- dimethylpropyl)phenyl and 4-(1,1- dimethylpropyl)phenyl triesters.

Directive (EU) 2018/831 shall come into force on 26 June 2018. Prior to the effective date, (EU) 10/2011 compliant plastic materials and products could still be put on the market until February 9th 2019 until they were sold out.

Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 is amended as follows:

1.     The entries concerning FCM substances No 822 and No 974 are replaced by the following:

 

 

2.    The following entries are added in numerical order of the FCM substance numbers:

 

ECHA Consults on Four Phthalates for Updating Authorization List Entries with Endocrine Disrupting Properties

On June 5, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a public consultation, preparing to amend the REACH authorization list on the uses of four phthalates. The deadline for providing comments is 6 August 2018.

These four phthalates are:
– bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP, EC 204-211-0, CAS 117-81-7)
– dibutyl phthalate (DBP, EC 201-557-4, CAS 84-74-2)
– benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP, EC 201-622-7, CAS 85-68-7)
– diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP, EC 201-553-2, CAS 84-69-5)

The four phthalates had earlier been identified as SVHCs and subsequently added to the Authorisation List in 2011 and 2012 due to their classification as toxic for reproduction. They were identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation due to endocrine disrupting properties with effects on human health and, in the case of DEHP, also on the environment. The list entries for these four phthalates were updated accordingly, such as uses in food contact materials [(FCMs)] and in medical devices.

CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for High Chairs

On June 12, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a new federal standard intended to improve the safety of all high chairs, including those intended for both home and restaurant use.

The new federal safety standard incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F404-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for High Chairs). The voluntary standard includes requirements for rearward stability and warning labels and requires that high chairs have a passive crotch restraint and a three-point restraint system.

The effective date for the new mandatory high chair standard is 12 months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register and applies to products manufactured or imported on or after that date.
The Commission is required by the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), to issue consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products.

The Commission has approved new federal safety standards for several durable infant or toddler products, including full-size cribs, non-full-size cribs, play yards, baby walkers, baby bath seats, children’s portable bed rails, strollers, toddler beds, infant swings, handheld infant carriers, soft infant carriers, framed infant carriers, bassinets, cradles, portable hook-on chairs, infant sling carriers and infant bouncer seats.

HQTS Takes Part in School-Enterprise Cooperation

In collaboration with 2nd Light Industry College, HQTS Group officially establishes Inspector Training Base on June 7, 2018.

Mr. Wang Xin, CIQA Chairman, Mr. Richard Fan, CEO of HQTS Group, Mr. Lin, the President of College and Fuzhou Custom Leaders attended the opening ceremony.

The goal of this enterprise-education cooperation is to improve quality of talents training, to strengthen students’ creative spirit and practice capability by this particular work-study combination mode. HQTS will establish an own class according to own business needs and develop a training plan. As a response of the government’s education and poverty alleviation policy, HQTS and the college are planning to launch the first domestic class of inspection & testing in 2018. The priority will be given to students from poor families and poverty-stricken areas. The children who meet the requirements mentioned above can apply for free tuition and accommodation. Scholarships and other subsistence allowance will be given out to the students as well.

Mr. Sam Li, Executive VP of HQTS Group, said that due to the development of China’s economy from high speed to high quality, the inspection and testing industry is becoming more and more important in the future. It is necessary that the industry has a innovative vision, comprehensive knowledge, international perspective and social responsibility. As a pioneer of global third party quality assurances, HQTS insists to promote quality awareness and improve quality service capability as our own mission. We hope the college-enterprise cooperation can positively influence the development of the industry, and will support to a better environment, improve social quality awareness, and create a positive and progressive industry climate.