Canada Approved Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations (SOR/2018-83)

May 2, 2018, Health Canada has published SOR/2018-83 Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations, which shall repeal SOR/2010-273 Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations. All the proposed provisions have been approved and shall come into force on November 2, 2018.

Comparing the new regulations with SOR/2010-273:

1. SOR/2018-83 applies to the following products (additionally covered products are highlighted in blue):
a. A product that is brought into contact with the user’s mouth during normal use, except for
(i) a kitchen utensil, or
(ii) a product that is subject to the Glazed Ceramics and Glassware Regulations;
b. Any clothing or clothing accessory that is intended for use by a child under 14 years of age;
c. A product that is intended for use in learning or play by a child under 14 years of age;(note: only products for children under 3 years of age are currently regulated.)

d. A book or similar printed product that is intended for a child under 14 years of age, except if it is
(i) printed on paper or cardboard, and
(ii) printed and bound in a conventional manner using conventional materials;
e. A product whose primary purpose is to facilitate the relaxation, sleep, hygiene, carrying or transportation of a child under four years of age.

2. The lead content limit of each accessible part of a product within the scope remains to be 90 mg/kg.

3. The exemptions applied in both regulations are the same. An accessible part is exempted from the lead requirement if:
a. Lead is necessary to produce an essential characteristic of the part;
b. No alternative part containing less lead is available; and
c. The part does not release more than 90 mg/kg of lead.

4. The lead content or release of accessible parts can be determined by any methods in accordance with good laboratory practices. The test method for lead release is no longer restricted to EN 71-3.

EU Amends the Entries of CMRs in Annex XVII of REACH Regulation

May 4, 2018, the Official Journal of European Union releases Directive 2018/675, amending the entries of CMRs in Annex XVII of REACH Regulation. This regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the OJ. It shall apply from December 1, 2018 except that, to the extent that paragraph 2 of the Annex applies to the substance ‘formaldehyde … %’, that paragraph shall apply from the date of entry into force. Here are the highlights of the amendment:

  1. Column 1 of entries 28 to 30 of Annex XVII is replaced by the following:REACH regulation
  2. In Appendix 2 (for Entry 28 – Carcinogens belonging to category 1B or 2), the following entries are inserted in the table:
  3. In Appendix 4 (for Entry 29 – Mutagens belonging to category 1B or 2), the following entries are inserted in the table:REACH regulation
  4. In Appendix 6 (for Entry 30 – Reproductive toxicants belonging to category 1B or 2), the following entries are inserted in the table: 

    REACH regulation

Detection of Formaldehyde in Bedding Products

Formaldehyde is a widely used chemical in many industries and household products. It is a known carcinogen, and exposure to formaldehyde can produce a variety of short-term symptoms such as headaches, itchy, burning eyes and nose, asthma, respiratory difficulties, nausea and vomiting, etc., which may also cause leukemia and cancers of the nose, throat, and sinuses in serious situations.

Bedding articles are the products that we have direct skin contact every day, which is directly related to our sleep quality and health. Therefore, it is important to choose safe bedding products without formaldehyde or with restricted value of formaldehyde as specified in relevant regulations.

As textile dyeing and finishing auxiliaries are used during the processing of bedding products, free formaldehyde would be released after pyrolysis reaction, such as glue used for coating finishing, and urea resin used for stiffening. Formaldehyde can be used as a reactant to improve the durability of auxiliaries in textiles with low cost. Some manufacturers may use cheep auxiliaries with high formaldehyde content to reduce the cost. Resin processing agents can be used to enhance the wrinkle resistance, shrinkage resistance and color fastness, which are commonly used in cotton products. However, free formaldehyde would be released to harm the health of human body by using resin processing agents.

 

Relevant regulation on formaldehyde in textile products:

“GB 18401-2010 National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products” is the most influential mandatory standard regarding textile products in China. Formaldehyde content is strictly restricted in GB 18401 as below:

GB 18401-2010 National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products

 

The definitions of Type A, B and C are standardized as below:

Formaldehyde content is strictly restricted in GB 18401.

 

Suggestions for consumers:

Consumers are suggested to choose the bedding products without peculiar smell as formaldehyde is pungent when it is released. The printed fabric that is stiff is not suggested to be selected, as adhesives may be used in pigment printing which may contain formaldehyde. As formaldehyde is soluble in water and volatile, it is better to use any textiles after washing and drying.

In addition, it is important to assure adequate ventilation and open windows and doors regularly to bring in outdoor air, and maintain low humidity and temperatures indoor as more formaldehyde is released when it is hot and damp.

HQTS-QAI is capable of testing the formaldehyde content in bedding products according to international and domestic standards, including AATCC112, ISO14184-1/2, GB/T 2912-1/2, etc. to ensure product safety and protect the health of consumers.

DCHP Identified as the Substance of Very High Concern

On 25 April, 2018, the Official Journal of the European Union released Directive (EC) No 2018/636, identified dicyclohexyl phthalate as a substance of very high concern. ECHA plan to add DCHP into list of SVHC, which shall take into effect on the date of formal accession to ECHA.

According to the Article 57(c) of REACH Regulation, dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) has reproduction toxicity of category 1B under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, and it has endocrine disrupting properties with probable serious effects to human health according to Article 57(f) of REACH Regulation. Besides, the substance shall be included in the candidate list referred to in Article 59(1) of REACH Regulation with the following indication under ‘Reason for inclusion’: ‘Toxic for reproduction (Article 57(c)); endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)’.

DCHP

Methanol and NMP to Be Added in REACH Annex XVII

On 19 April, 2018, the Official Journal of the European Union releases Directive 2018/588 and 2018/589, adding the new entry of 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and Methanol in the Annex XVII of REACH Regulation.

The details of new entries are as follows:

Reach Compliance

This regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States and will enter into force on the 20th day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Latest Product Recalls April 2018

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 2018

 

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.

TMA Included into REACH SVHC List

On 19 April, 2018, the Official Journal of the European Union released directive 2018/594, adding the benzene-1, 2, 4-tricarboxylic acid 1, 2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA) as a substance of very high concern. Up to now, the SVHC list is updated to 181 items.

 

Benzene-1, 2, 4-tricarboxylic acid 1, 2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA), EC No 209-008-0, CAS No 552-30-7, fulfils the criterion set out in Article 57(f) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH). According to the Annex XV dossier, there is scientific evidence of probable serious effects to human health due to the respiratory sensitizing properties of TMA. The data shows that TMA causes serious and permanent impairment of lung functions, if the exposure is prolonged and no intervention takes place. TMA is identified as a substance of very high concern according to Article 57(f) of REACH Regulation due to its respiratory sensitising properties. Also it shall be included in the candidate list referred to in Article 59(1) of REACH Regulation with the following indication under ‘Reason for inclusion’ : ‘Respiratory sensitising properties (Article 57(f)) – human health’.

 

Latest Product Recalls March 2018

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 March 2018

 

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.