Health Canada Revised Policy For Infant Sleepwear

Recently, Health Canada revised the policy for infant sleepwear sold in Canada. Infant sleepwear qualifies as a tight-fitting sleepwear if it is designed for infants weighing up to 7 kg.

Flammability Requirement Guidelines (2016), amended from time to time, specify that the maximum chest circumference for infant sleepwear is 508 mm. Sleepwear designed for infants up to 7 kg with a chest circumference greater than 508 mm may be subject to the requirements for loose-fitting sleepwear for children over 7 kg. The amendment allows sizing to be harmonized between both US and Canada for Infant styles only.

Health Canada revises the policy on infant sleepwear sizing to the following:

For a garment to be considered as a sleepwear designed for infants weighing up to 7 kg, it must have:

  • A chest circumference that is less than or equal to 508 mm;
  • A label stating in months the age of the child for whom it is intended; the age must be 9 months or younger.

The change in policy is effective immediately.

Find more information about Children’s Sleepwear Regulations on the official source link: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/SOR-2016-169.pdf

 

HQTS has been setting the standard in reliable textile and apparel quality control services throughout Asia since 1987. We provide comprehensive services for all your apparel and textile inspections and testing to help you deliver the highest-quality products.

Our knowledge, experience, and integrity helps you achieve compliance with international regulations on flammability, fiber content, care labeling and more.

Our textile testing laboratory is equipped with advanced testing equipment and processes. We provide high quality testing service against international standards.

Contact us to be sure that your products have the quality you require.

HQTS Introduces Live Quality Control Inspections

With the advent of the IoT, virtual reality, live streaming, and digital globalization, improving access to data and information is becoming a vital component of business success. In recognition of this, HQTS is proud to introduce a major innovation in quality control services: the Live Inspection.

HQTS is on the leading edge of industry trends and opportunities for delivering services that brings greater value and benefit to our customers. This new initiative demonstrates our innovative approach to delivering the best-in-class services in the quality control industry.

HQTS launched our Live Inspection service on the June 5, 2017. We integrated internet and live streaming technology with the inspection process, to deliver a new standard in quality control inspections.

 

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How does a Live Inspection work?

A real-time Live Inspection is recorded in process, and simultaneously streamed online. This gives you the capability to view and monitor the inspection process using your internet capable digital device or computer. The ability to view your inspections while they happen, gives you a comprehensive and intuitive way to monitor all aspects of quality control inspections.

HQTS works hard to optimize our customer’s market position through our  outstanding and innovative quality control services. This supports our vision to become one of the top five brands in the quality control industry, while we continue to deliver value and satisfaction to our customers, and society at large, through product quality, safety and compliance.

Contact us to learn more about how our Live Inspection, and other quality control services, can help you!

 

Latest Product Recalls May 2017

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HQTS is accredited to test against all major regulatory standards for the import of consumer goods.

You can rely on the expertise and technical resources of HQTS’ consumer product testing to help ensure your compliance with relevant regulations, as well as your own technical specifications.

With HQTS, you benefit from the skills and expertise of the industry’s foremost leaders, veteran engineers and award winning staff in our 80,000 sq ft laboratory, centrally located in Hangzhou, China. Whatever the scope or complexity of your project, you can count on the accuracy and reliability of HQTS with the most competitive pricing, fastest delivery times in the industry, and the support of a single point of contact for all your testing projects; this personalized approach has established us as one of the most respected labs in China.

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Directive (EU) 2017/898 Amending On The Safety Of Toys

On 25 May 2017, the European Union (EU) published Commission Directive (EU) 2017/898 of 24 May 2017 amending, for the purpose of adopting specific limit values for chemicals used in toys, Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards bisphenol A. The directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that publication, and Member states shall adopt and publish, by 25 November 2018 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive.

In Appendix C to Annex Ⅱ to Directive 2009/48/EC, in the table, the entry for bisphenol A is replaced by the following:

Directive (EU) 2017/898

Search more information on the official website.

HQTS is accredited and certified for testing toys and children’s products for compliance against the EU Toy Safety Directive (EN 71); the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and California Proposition 65; the China GB, ISO and CCC; ASTM F963, and many others.

Our specialized scientific and engineering staff can provide you with up-to-date technical guidance, quality assurance guidelines, and import export compliance evaluation and testing against all major market regularity requirements. Contact us for further information.

 

HQTS 2017 First Sales Elite Training

In support of HQTS Group’s companywide efforts toward professional development, management held the first Elite Sales Training in 2017. This event was attended by more than 50 sales representatives from around the world.

The comprehensive training provided opportunities for sales staff to explore solutions to various sales problems; participate in workshops to develop tools, tactics and strategies; and listen to instructive seminars. All agreed that this training was successful in helping all to improve sales skills.

Three key take-aways from the sessions include:

  1. The value proposition potion underscored the importance of understanding client needs and how to craft value in a service offering that best meets those needs. This training emphasized the need to be consultative, rather than sales oriented.
  2. Continual improvement in communication is key to successful sales. Since the quality of questions has a direct correlation to sales success, the team received training in Spin Selling; the effective use of four types of sales questions from generating interest to managing the customer.
  3. Being a true professional. This includes a comprehensive understanding our personal skills and ability, our company offerings, and a client’s situation. This allows sales people to focus less on selling and more on helping to finding solutions for people’s problems, and how to articulate that value proposition.

HQTS values those who acquire new skills and knowledge. We understand that professional development is an important contribution for individual and company growth. We support these goals by organizing professional training and events such as this. We look forward to our next Elite Sales Training.

HQTS Being Honored As “Taobao Partner”

“Alibaba’s Award Show And Strategy Communication Meeting” was held this year on May 16th in Hangzhou. During this event, HQTS was honored as a “Taobao Partner” for the third year in a row based on their professional and outstanding services.

A “Taobao Partner” represents an outstanding e-commerce service provider in Alibaba’s platforms. The Alibaba Partnership elects new partners annually after a nomination process. “Taobao Partner” is an official accreditation of Alibaba which honors the industry leaders and best enterprises for their quick problem-solving and their high standards of integrity.

HQTS’ laboratory provides high-quality services for e-business sellers and follows the market trends. The prize shows a high recognition of HQTS’ service capability and ability. HQTS is proud of being awarded by Alibaba, Chinas biggest e-commerce group.

Read more about our e-commerce services here.

HQTS Successfully Expands To Russia

The successful registration of HQTS Russian Company represents a milestone in HQTS’ development history.

On May 18th, HQTS Russian Company has been officially registered. After the establishment of HQTS India Company in January 2016 and HQTS Cambodia Sorting Inspection Factory in March 2017, the latest opening of HQTS Russian Company represents another expansion of HQTS to oversea markets as well as the outstanding contribution to the cooperation between China and Russia.

Heads of HQTS Group and representatives from Hungary and the Czech Republic gathered in Moscow to celebrate HQTS’ entry into Russia. Mrs. Elena Lyutikova, General Manager of HQTS Russian Company, explained that she is thankful for the support she received from the company to prepare the registration of the company in Russia. In addition, she placed her confidence in the future of HQTS Russian Company and expressed her strong will to contribute to the promotion of HQTS’ global development.

Expand the team and focus on talent training

According to the Group’s plan, the Russian Company will be positioned as a training base and management center of Europe and Central Asia in order to develop and expand the sales, marketing, customer service, key account service and inspection team. In this process, HQTS Group will not only develop Russia and other markets but also create good working conditions for the company.

The establishment of the Russian company is an important step for the internationalization of HQTS Group. The launches of three overseas companies within one year show the fast development and growth of HQTS. HQTS also plans to enter other overseas markets in the future.

CPSC Approves ASTM F963-2016 As Mandatory Toy Safety Standard

On February 2, 2017 the CPSC issued a direct final rule to establish ASTM F963-2016 as the mandatory Standard Consumer Safety for Toy Safety.   The direct final rule in 16 CFR part 1250 incorporates by reference the ASTM F963-16 as a mandatory toy safety standard. CPSC also announced the Notice of Requirements (NOR) in 16 CFR part 1112 which says that specified sections of ASTM F963-16 require a third party testing. Therefore, the CPSC only accepts accredited third party conformity assessment bodies for testing to those sections.

The rule is effective on April 30, 2017 and applies to all toys manufactured on or after that date.

HQTS is accredited and certified for testing toys and children’s products for compliance against the CPSC regulations.

Our internationally recognized lab gives you the confidence you need to bring your product to market. Our central location ensures the fastest turn-around time for your projects. Contact us to obtain additional information about how we can help you with your consumer product testing needs.

 

European Union Has Adopted Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

On the 27th of March 2017 the Official Journal of the European Union published the adoption of the Council Directive (EU) 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 amending, for the purpose of adapting to technical progress, Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards lead.

This Directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Please find further information here.

The Directive is intended to provide a common standard for the safety of toys throughout the whole of the EEA. All toys which are sold within the EEA are required to meet the requirements of the Directive, and may be sold without any further local legal controls so long as they are legitimately CE marked.

The Toy Safety Directive has two main objectives: first, to ensure that toys used by children are safe and, secondly, to guarantee the smooth functioning of the internal market for toys.

Latest Product Recalls April 2017

Download the latest product recalls to identify unsafe consumer products. Remember that safety recalls don’t expire, so check our news page regularly.

Consumer Product Recalls April 2017

HQTS is accredited to test against all major regulatory standards for the import of consumer goods.

You can rely on the expertise and technical resources of HQTS’ consumer product testing to help ensure your compliance with relevant regulations, as well as your own technical specifications.

With HQTS, you benefit from the skills and expertise of the industry’s foremost leaders, veteran engineers and award winning staff in our 80,000 sq ft laboratory, centrally located in Hangzhou, China. Whatever the scope or complexity of your project, you can count on the accuracy and reliability of HQTS with the most competitive pricing, fastest delivery times in the industry, and the support of a single point of contact for all your testing projects; this personalized approach has established us as one of the most respected labs in China.

Contact us to obtain additional information about how we can help you with your consumer product testing needs.