The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) welcomed today’s joint statement by Congressional and Administration leadership that drops the border adjustment tax from tax reform discussions.
“The border adjustment tax was a bad idea looking for a place to happen. Luckily it will not happen in the United States of America,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of AAFA. “Today’s announcement by Congressional and Administration leadership is an important step on the path to providing long term tax reform that simplifies the code, lowers burdens, supports U.S. jobs, grows the economy, and makes our nation more globally competitive.
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On 6 July 2017, Council of the European Union officially published Commission Implementing Decision(EU) 2017/1210 of 4 July 2017, on the identification of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) as substances of very high concern according to Article 57(f) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document C(2017) 4462). These substances are identified as substances having endocrine disrupting properties whose effects to human health give rise to an equivalent level of concern.
The entry of the substances specified in paragraph 1 in the candidate list referred to Article 59(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 shall be amended by adding, under “Reason for inclusion”, ”Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to human health.
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In June 2017 HQTS successfully passed the audit renewal for CNAS 17020 certificate at its corporate offices in Fuzhou, China.
Beginning on the 17th of June, CNAS auditors conducted an on-site audit of all inspection activities for various industries and service regions including Xingtai, Dalian, Wuyi, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Shenzhen, Shunde, and others.
HQTS has been accredited by CNAS 17020 since 2007, and as such must undergo a periodic audit and reassessment of compliance with ISO standards. As a fully accredited inspection company, HQTS is legally authorized to perform related quality control services in China. China National Accreditation Service (CNAS) accreditation is ISO compliant, and is recognized by the more than 77 countries that accept ILAC, ISO and IEC certification standards for quality assurance providers.
In support of HQTS Group’s companywide efforts toward professional development, some of our inspectors participated in comprehensive continuing education courses in June 2017. This training was attended by 53 inspectors, including 26 English-speaking and 27 Chinese-speaking inspectors.
HQTS understands the importance of expanding and building upon our large pool of professionals to succeed in the long-term. It is our aim to provide an atmosphere that encourages professional development by providing opportunities to participate in training programs for individual and company development.
As an international company, HQTS understands the need for continual employee training to help them be better equipped to support our global growth.
HQTS continues to provide best-in-class quality control services for our customers through its outstanding professional development programs.
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.
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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.
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.
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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:
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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.