HQTS Group attended the First Annual TIC Summit

With the global development and closer economic integration, for most countries, including developed and developing, international trade is one of the most important aspects of their international activities. The TIC council, or Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) council, provides services include inspection, testing, factory audit, supplier evaluation, verification, quality control, certification and other conformity assessments to global brands and buyers alike.

So why are independent TIC companies playing an increasingly important part in international trade and quality control? This is because most developing countries and emerging economies, have major challenges with their manufacturing industries, such as, an unskilled labor force, different manufacturing standards, poor internal quality control and many other factors all contributing to the need for quality assurance and management control. When foreign buyers source from developing and emerging countries, cooperation with a reliable third party TIC company based locally is one of most cost effective methods of solving quality problems in their supply chain.

In order to provide better TIC services to international brands and customers, the TIC Council is a great organization with thousands of TIC industry members, intent on strengthening quality awareness, building up awareness and connecting people with the right partners who stand for best practices and the highest standards in safety, quality, health, ethics and sustainability, in the industry.

TIC Council features 90-member companies from former global TIC industry organizations, such as IFIA and CEOC and TIC Council members are now active in more than 160 countries. The network of members covers the entire globe and services cover a wide range of industries, including energy, chemical, consumer goods, electronics, industrial products, commodities, aerospace, foods and agricultures, etc. As one of the active members in TIC Council, HQTS Group is proud to be part of that effort.

TIC Council held the first annual summit on 19 Jun 2019 in Brussels, Belgium’s capital. Two HQTS representatives, Key Account Manager Mr. Edwin Deverille and HQTS VP Mrs. Jennifer Chen, attended the Summit. During the meeting, representatives from different countries stated their opinions on the future of the TIC industry and discussed existing problems, for example, climate change, trust etc.

All TIC Council members agree the TIC industry has great future potential, and that new technology will continue to inject fresh vitality to great development and prosperity. TIC Council members should take all opportunities and be bold in introducing new service categories into practice and blazing new trails as well as adding value to society and the world.

HQTS representatives Mr. Edwin Deverille (left) and Mrs. Jennifer Chen (right) pictured with other TIC members

HQTS to Sponsor 2019 Amazon Global Selling Summit

From June 28 to 29, 2019, HQTS will participate as the silver sponsor in the 2019 Amazon Global Selling Summit. As a leading quality control service provider, HQTS will be present at the summit as a professional third-party inspection and testing agency to educate participants on the management of product quality for global manufacturers and sellers. We invite you to visit our booth and discuss quality control solutions with our specialists.

  • Date: June 28-29, 2019
  • Place: Hangzhou Baimahu International Convention and Exhibition Center, Zhejiang, China
  • HQTS Booth No.: S01

Amazon and China’s (Hangzhou) Cross-Border eCommerce Comprehensive Pilot Area will co-host the Amazon Global Selling Summit. Now in its 5th year, this summit is one of the world’s most influential events for the cross-border eCommerce industry. The 2019 Summit offers you the opportunity to learn practical, up to date, and actionable eCommerce strategies that work. More than 400 high-end domestic manufacturers and 10,000 sellers will attend the summit this year. Attendees will have the opportunity to interface with many entrepreneurs who are successful in the industry.

China has been witnessing rapid growth in its cross-border eCommerce transactions in recent years. According to research, more than a third of sellers on Amazon are from China, and the importance of China to Amazon has been growing rapidly.

HQTS provides quality control inspections, factory audits, supplier evaluations, consumer product testing, production control, quality management, and consulting throughout greater Asia. Backed by the industry knowledge and experience of nearly 1,500 professionals in more than 20 countries, HQTS is your best choice for a quality control partner.

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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.

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

HQTS attended CIFTIS in Beijing

2019 China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (hereinafter referred to as the Beijing Fair), co-sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and the Beijing Municipal Government, was held at the Beijing National Convention Center from 28 May to 31 May2019.

As leading third party services provider in quality assurance of Fujian Province, HQTS attended the Beijing Fair.

At the Beijing Fair, HQTS Group representative, Mr. Alex Yao, General Manager of the China Marketing Department, shared the HQTS Group’s experiences of quality services for international trade, and the Group’s market strategic plan cooperates with national “One Belt One Road” strategy. HQTS presentation has attracted extensive attention in the Fair.

The HQTS Group (HQTS) has been through 24 years and has gradually expanded business around the world with the development of globalization. HQTS also gives full play to the positive role of third-party quality organizations and utilizes own advantages. The one-stop supply chain management model and perfect quality control system provide a full range of quality control services for China’s export products, so that Chinese products can connect with the international trade market, and help Chinese national brand going global and wining international consumers’ trust.

On May 29th, The Vice President of HQTS Group, Mrs. Kathy, was also invited to accept an exclusive interview with <International Business Daily>. She said that HQTS Group not only limits to “going out” with providing quality services for exporting goods, also actively follows national “active import expansion” policy with implementing the “introduction” strategy, to actively play a platform role, and introduce first-class products in the world into China market through HQTS services. Such platform role will allow Chinese have more chances to contact with the world, and promote qualified domestic supply system, meet the increasing people’s consumption willing.

The world economy is undergoing major development, major changes and major adjustments. The service industry has become an important growth pole of the world economy. Its position in the global value chain has been continuously enhanced. In the future, with the continuous expansion of the “One Belt and One Road” strategy, the HQTS Group will promote our quality services to more countries and regions. The Beijing Fair has provided HQTS with a good opportunity to present the image of China’s third-party quality control services to Chinese and foreign guests. HQTS is emphasizing cooperation in the industry and striving to promote efficient and efficient services to international and domestic market, and achieve “win-win”.

Canada Adds Five MDIS to Toxic Substances List

The Canadian government has added five methylenediphenyl diisocyanates (MDIs) substances to schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (Cepa) – its list of toxic substances. Their addition means the country can act to impose regulations to address identified risks.

The order, which took effect on 15 May, applies to:

  • Benzene, 1,1′-methylenebis [4-isocyanato- (4,4′-MDI)
  • Benzene, 1,1′-methylenebis [2-isocyanato- (2,2′-MDI)
  • Benzene, 1-isocyanato-2-[(4-isocyanatophenyl) methyl]- (2,4′-MDI)
  • Benzene, 1,1′-methylenebis [isocyanato- (mixed MDI)
  • Isocyanic acid, polymethylenepolyphenylene ester (pMDI)

The move finalizes a proposal issued in 2017 on the heels of a final screening assessment that found the MDIs present health concerns including cancer, respiratory problems, and skin sensitization. The government concluded that they must meet at least one human health criterion for a toxic substance, as defined under section 64 of Cepa.

Since then, it has floated a ‘code of practice’, aimed at reducing exposure to the substances from particular spray polyurethane foam (SPF) products. Comments will be accepted on this proposal until 5 June.

Outside of SPF applications, the substances are also used in elastomers, coatings, adhesives, and sealants, as well as in particleboard and other wood products.

Sweden and France Proposed Ban on Allergenic Substances in Textiles and Leather Products

Sweden and France have proposed an EU ban on more than a thousand allergenic substances used in items such as clothing and shoes. According to the proposal, textile and leather items sold to consumers should not contain these substances at levels above certain content thresholds.

The joint initiative includes all substances classified as skin sensitizers under the CLP Regulation and 25 substances of the family of disperse dyes with sensitizing properties.

Ahead of the proposal, the French Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) conducted a study to identify substances present in specific articles. The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) carried out an analysis of risk management options under REACH on skin sensitizers in textiles.

The two agencies propose to limit the concentration of sensitizing substances under REACH to the following thresholds:

  • 1mg/kg for chromium VI compounds (textiles, leather, furs, and skins)
  • 130mg/kg (textiles) and 110mg/kg (leather, furs and skins) for nickel and its compounds
  • 70mg/kg (textiles) and 60mg/kg (leather, furs and skins) for cobalt and its compounds
  • 75mg/kg for formaldehyde (textiles, leather, furs, and skins);
  • 250mg/kg (textiles) and 210mg/kg (leather, furs and skins) for 1,4 paraphenylenediamine
  • 130mg/kg (textiles) and 110mg/kg (leather, furs, and skins) for other substances classified as skin sensitizers

Kemi and ANSES estimate that four to five million EU citizens have allergies to chemicals that are present in textiles and leather. Experts forecast that between 45,000 and 180,000 people in the Union develop an allergy to these chemicals every year.

The EU Chemical Agency (ECHA) is expected to start a public consultation on the restriction proposal in June to run for a 6-month period, ANSES said. After that, ECHA’s Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) Committees will use the data to formulate an opinion which will assist the European Commission in the final decision regarding the adoption of this restriction.

If adopted, it will be included in REACH Annex XVII and made mandatory for textiles, hides, furs, and skins placed on the market in Europe.

Latest Product Recalls April 2019

Download the latest product recalls to identify unsafe consumer products. Remember that safety recalls don’t expire, so check our news page regularly.
Download: Consumer Product Recall – April 2019

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.

Health Canada Releases New Regulations for Corded Window Coverings

To protect children from strangulation, Health Canada recently published new regulations for corded window coverings

The new regulations restrict the length of the cords and the size of the loops found on window coverings sold in Canada.

According to a news release issued by Health Canada, the new regulations apply to all products sold in Canada; both custom-made and off the shelf.

The regulations will be effective on May 1, 2021; allowing manufacturers, importers and retailers time to adjust to the new requirements.

In the meantime, Health Canada strongly encourages parents and caregivers to replace existing corded window coverings with cordless options.

According to Health Canada, it takes just over 22 centimeters of cord to strangle a child, 15 seconds for a child to become unconscious, four minutes for brain damage to occur and less than six minutes for death to occur.

EU Published EN71-3: 2019 under Toys Safety Directive

In 2019 April, the EN71-3: 2019 was published to support the chemical requirements of EU Toys Safety Directive (2009/48/EC).

The main changes and issues are as follows:

  1. The limit value of hexavalent chromium for material category III, changed from 0.2mg/kg to 0.053mg/kg, becomes effective on Nov 18, 2019.
  2. For coating, sieving is no longer required, and the corresponding annex with sieve requirements (former Annex C) has been deleted. The dewaxing procedure was changed from n-heptane extraction for 6 h to isooctane extraction for 60 min.
  3. Revised the test method for hexavalent chromium. The test methods for chromium (III) and chromium (VI) is changed for LC-ICP-MS to IC-ICP-MS, which can determine Chromium (VI) at the limit values for all material categories
  4. Revised test methods for organic tin appear in appendix G., and a new organotin-DMT (Dimethyl tin) is included in this test method, which currently contains 11 organotins.

All significant technical changes between this document and the previous version are as below:

Clause/Paragraph
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Change
3 New terms and definitions for sample and laboratory sample added and terms and definitions on limit of detection, limit of quantification and other material (whether mass coloured or not) removed.
4.2 table 2 The limit value for Chromium (VI) for material category III adapted to new legal limit values. Change from 0.2mg/kg to 0.053 mg/kg, will be effective from Nov 18, 2019.
6.2.6 The list of reagents and apparatus has been revised.
7 Sampling and sample preparation have been revised and restructured to improve the user-friendliness of the standard. In particular sieving is no longer required and the corresponding annex with sieve requirements (former Annex C) has been deleted. The dewaxing procedure was changed from n-heptane extraction for 6 h to isooctane extraction for 60 min.
8.2.3 The migration procedure has been revised and more detailed procedures for checking the pH before and after migration has been introduced: for buffering effect by toy material, the PH value needs to be adjusted four times, and the control step of PH value after migration was added.
9 The stabilization of the migration solution has been revised. The status of test methods (included in Annex E, Annex F and Annex G) has been changed to normative. Performance requirements concerning the use of modifications to the annexes and alternatives to the specified test methods have been introduced.
10 The calculation has been revised, in particular Chromium (III) is now calculated by subtracting the Chromium (VI) concentration from the total chromium concentration.
11 Data on method performance have been introduced based on the results of test method validation and in particular the results of an inter-laboratory comparison.
Annex B A new informative annex containing information on the method development has been introduced.
Annex C A new informative annex with estimations of reproducibility has been added.
Annex D A new annex concerning the use of visual particle size comparison materials has been added.
Annex E Minor revisions of the test method for general elements have been made.
Annex F The test method for Chromium (III) and Chromium (VI) has been replaced by a test method for Chromium (VI) which can determine Chromium (VI) at the limit values for all material categories. The test methods for chromium (III) and chromium (VI) were changed from LC-ICP-MS to IC-ICP-MS.
Annex G The test method for organic tin has been revised.
Annex H Various rationales have been revised and new rationale concerning sampling and dewaxing has been added.

 

HQTS is recognized as QC industry leader acknowledging the role we have played as a quality assurance provider.

HQTS is proud to announce we have been named as Outstanding QC Brand at the “China Inspection and Testing Brand Cluster Inaugural Meeting”. This award acknowledges the leading role we have played in the quality assurance industry in Asia.

The event’s aim is to implement a strategy for building awareness and value of China national brands. It also serves to guide continual improvement and professionalism in the inspection and testing industry.
More than 40 representatives from 21 inspection and testing providers and industrial organizations attended the meeting.

The meeting emphasized the importance of the inspection and testing industry in terms of national economic and social development. It also plays a crucial role in the nation-wide development of China’s modern service industry. The establishment of top brands in the inspection and testing industry seeks to advance best-in-class standards of the industry and help Chinese inspection and testing brands to achieve greater competitive participation in the international market.

As a third-party quality assurance provider with a competitive global footprint, HQTS provides quality control inspections, factory audits, supplier evaluations, consumer product testing, production control and management, supply chain and quality control consulting services. The industries we specialize in include electrical and electronic, machinery, agricultural and food, industrial, mineral, textiles, hardgoods, softgoods, and many more consumer products.

HQTS has established operations in more than 80 regions and 20 plus countries. It is our mission to be the most competitive and trusted quality assurance provider in the world.

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