US Proposes to Amend Consumer Registration of Durable Infant or Toddler Products

On October 9 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a proposed rule to amend the consumer registration requirements of durable infant or toddler products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The revised rule would have 12 months to become effective after its publication on the Federal Register once adopted.

The Commission advances to update the definition of product, clarify the scope of listed product categories, and add six additional product categories that fell within the scope.

In the proposed rule, the Commission would like to

State the full statutory definition of “durable infant or toddler products”;
Specify the scope of listed product categories that are defined in the applicable mandatory standards;
Align the listed product category with the name used in the voluntary or mandatory standard;
List four types of infant carriers that are also subject to the consumer registration requirement;
Remove the “infant slings” as a separate product category and change the name to “sling carriers”:
Clarify the “bedside sleepers” that are considered as a subset of bassinets and cradles; and
Revise “changing tables” to “baby changing products”.

Though many bedside sleepers on the market are for use with play yards or standalone bassinets, the Commission reminded that such multiuse products are also required to provide a consumer registration under the Act. Similarly, contoured changing pads and add-on changing units are subject to the registration requirement under baby changing products despite they are sold independently.

The Act defines durable products that are intended for use or expected to be used by children under 5 years old. Section 104 of the CPSIA, also called Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, requires the Commission to issue a mandatory rule for each durable infant or toddler product, and establish a rule requiring consumer registration for each product. The implementation regulation was published in 2009 and codified at 16 CFR 1130. Currently, the rule includes twelve product categories that fell within the scope of durable infant or toddler products.

U.S. New Jersey Proposes to Ban Children’s Products Containing Formaldehyde

A bill concerning children’s products that are composed of or made with formaldehyde has been recently proposed in the USA State of New Jersey. The Act if passed, starting 1 April 2019, no person can commence any children’s products that are intended for children aged 12 or under containing formaldehyde.

The Act defines children’s products are solely designed for care and used by a child or items come into contact with children. However, batteries, electronic products, pesticides, food and drugs are excluded from the ban.

Any manufacturer or distributor should issue recall immediately when discovered children’s products containing formaldehyde, and trigger follow-up actions:

Within 48 hours of receiving notice of the recall, retail mercantile establishments would be required to remove the children’s product from displays and make it unavailable for purchase.
Within 14 business days, retail mercantile establishments would be required to return all inventory of the children’s product to the manufacturer or distributor.
The manufacturer or distributor would then have 60 business days to destroy and dispose the children’s product.

Minnesota currently restricts the intended use of formaldehyde in children’s products. Reporting obligation was also introduced in Washington, Vermont, Maine and Oregon for children’s products containing formaldehyde, which is listed as one of their chemicals of concern. In addition, the EPA Federal regulation has been in force since June 2018 targeting formaldehyde emission standards from composite wood products.

Health Canada Publishes New Playpens Regulations: SOR/2018-186

On October 3, 2018, Health Canada published, in the Canada Gazette, a new playpens regulation to address identified safety hazards related to the use of playpens and their accessories. This also aligns to some requirements of the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (SOR/2016-152) and applicable US requirements (16 CFR 1221), and strengthens construction and performance requirements.

The regulations apply to products intended to provide an enclosed play area for a child who has a height of 90 cm or less, has sides that are attached to its floor, one of which is at least made of textile or other pliable material, and none of the structural parts are inflatable.

The areas improved in the regulation are listed as below:

1. Entrapment in openings in the textile sides of playpens and sleep accessories
2. Floor pad spacing and mattress pad spacing
3. Angles of sleep surfaces
4. Warnings
5. Stability
6. Latching and locking of top rails
7. Side deflection and strength
8. False latch
9. Top rail configuration
10. Top rail to corner post attachment
11. Entanglement on projections
12. Corner post height
13. Floor pad thickness
14. Height of playpen sides
15. Openings — finger entrapment
16. Floor pad vertical displacement
17. Strength of playing surfaces
18. Mesh opening sizes
19. Mesh and fabric attachment strength
20. Accessories — entrapment
21. Number of wheels
22. Side height of sleep accessories
23. Mattress pad thickness of sleep accessories
24. Integrity of playpen accessories
25. Angle of sleep accessories that rock or swing
26. Allowance for the use of a pouch to store assembly and use instructions

The regulations repeal and replace the Playpens Regulations (SOR/2016-189) and will be enforced from April 3, 2019, six months from the date the regulation was published in the Canada Gazette.

Amazon’s New Packaging Standards

Online shopping giant Amazon.com has updated its package transport standards and requirements dubbed ISTA Project_6-Amazon.com–SIOC. All goods sold on its platform must comply with this standard. It was developed to challenge vendors to provide packaging to withstand transportation hazards that are typically encountered during transportation and handling of products from the vendor to Amazon, and to the customer.

The testing protocol is specifically designed for products delivered to Amazon.com fulfillment centers and is designed to evaluate the ability of the primary or secondary packaging to withstand damage from handling, transportation, warehousing and environmental factors. The standard has 8 types from Type A to Type H according to the package size, weight, delivery methods and product characteristics. Each type of has different testing protocols and processes.

To incent vendors to comply with the new packaging standards, Amazon stipulates that packaging found out of compliance after July 31, 2019 will be fined at the rate of $1.99 per package. Vendors will be certified and rewarded $1.00 for each package that passes compliance testing from September 17, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

HQTS-QAI is one of the first Chinese laboratories to be accredited by ISTA and is highly recommended by Amazon as a certified testing provider. With more than two decades in the packaging testing industry, our technical experience and skill has resulted in thousands of customers who have complete trust in our performance. We are certified to provide SIOC testing and reports for customers around the globe.

For more information, please contact us:

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Latest Product Recalls September 2018

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US Oregon Approved to Amend Reporting Rules Under Toxic Free Kids Act (OAR 333-016)

The United States’ Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has approved to amend Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-016 regarding notification requirements for children’s products under Toxic Free Kids Act. All the proposed provisions have been adopted.

Please note the enforcement schedule of the amendment:

  • Changes to OAR 333-016-2020 Chemicals of High Concern to Children shall be effective on 1 January 2019.
  • Changes to OAR 333-016-2060 Notification requirements shall be effective on 1 October 2018.

Here are the highlights of the proposal:

High priority chemicals of concern for children’s health (HPCCCH) (OAR 333-016-2020)
The OHA drafted the following changes to the list of high priority chemicals of concern. the number of listed chemicals shall become 68.

a)     Chemicals proposed to be added:

b)    Chemicals proposed to be removed:

Notification requirements (OAR 333-016-2060)

The proposal intended to clarify 3 points about the notification requirements:

1. The notification shall report the number of children’s product that contain HPCCCH either sold or offered for sale in Oregon during the biennial notice period.

2. The second notification shall cover the period of 1 January 2018 through 31 December 2019.

3. Only one person or entity that falls within the definition of manufacturer* shall be required to report with respect to a particular children’s product. The priority of reporting responsibility shall follow this order:

1) Any person or entity that manufactured the children’s product, unless it has no presence in the United States;
2) Any person or entity that distributed or made available for distribution the children’s product, unless it has no presence in the United States;
3) The importer or owner of the children’s product in the United States.

* According to Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 431A.253, “manufacturer” means any person that produces a children’s product or an importer or domestic distributor of a children’s product. For the purpose of this subsection of the ORS, “importer” means the owner of the children’s product.

Canada Releases Safety Requirements for Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age

On August 13, 2018, Health Canada issued a notice informing manufacturers, importers and retailers that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age may represent strangulation, choking and aspiration hazards. These hazards could potentially lead to the death of a child.

There are currently no regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) that address these hazards for teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age. Hence Health Canada considered performance criteria from existing international safety standards, and from other Canadian regulations in determining hazard posed by such products.

Health Canada has concluded that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age that do not meet all of the four following performance criteria, or equivalent, may be considered a danger to human health or safety. The products that do not meet the four performance criteria cannot be sold and are subject to compliance and enforcement actions.

Importers, manufacturers or retailers of teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age should ensure that their products meet the performance criteria listed above prior to exporting them for sale in Canada.

Argentina Establishes Quality and Safety Standards for Furniture

On 28 August 2018, Argentina informed WTO on the national regulatory framework establishing the minimum quality and safety principles and requirements for furniture.

Furniture are any products used to store, place or hang items, and/or provide surfaces on which users can rest, whether for indoor or outdoor use with the following exclusion as listed below:
Railing and fences;
Technology and medical assistant equipment;
Ladders;
Furniture installed in vehicles used for public or private transport;
Second hand articles;
Construction products such as stairs, doors, windows and floor covering.

Specific regulations for the quality and safety requirements for furniture include but not limited to the following aspects:

1. Products must withstand the stress to which they are subject to during their life of using, minimum including:
Resistance to tearing, fatigue to wear and friction wear,
Resistance to maximum load for the product is expected,
Physical integrity and resistance to relevant condition of use.

2. Flammability

3. Health and environmental requirements, such as identifying components with possibility of recycling, restrict the use of substances with heavy metal and organic volatile compounds; disclosure of the concentration of potentially toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic substances; and ensure that materials used in the product are safe for users (e.g. paints, adhesive, resins etc).

4. Product should list the component parts and indicate the percentage weight of each constituent material. The design should pose dimensional stability, and not have any pointed parts, sharp edges, chamfers or potentially hazardous finishes.

5. It must include information on assembly and disassembly, cleaning and maintenance and the maximum admissible loads.

Domestic manufacturers and importers of the products covered by the notified measure are responsible for ensuring compliance with the technical requirements and conformity assessment procedures that will be established by the specific regulations. The notified measure will be implemented within the deadlines established in each of the regulations issued.

HQTS Group Hosts Supply Chain Services

HQTS Group held Upgrade Supply Chain Services Seminar on September 19 and 20 in Wuyishan, Fujian Province. The seminar’s topic is “The Mutual Benefit of Quality Management in the Supply Chain”. Key management from HQTS Group, industry experts and representatives of various elite domestic enterprises attended the seminar.

 

Ms. Kathy, the Vice President of HQTS Group and Ms. Rao, Lecturer of Fujian Light Industrial College, shared information regarding the international/domestic economic situation, and problems the industry is facing.
The seminar’s topics include:
1. Comparing the development of manufacturing industry from the the standpoint of the domestic and foreign economies.
2. From quality assurance market in Southeast Asia to see the industrial transfer;
3. How to improve quality in the supply chain management, optimize production capacity, and improve evaluation.
Joint discussions were held on the current supply chain issues and management and development trends. Open discussions were also held to offer all attendees the opportunity to share their comments on related subjects, and to answer questions.
Although this is the first time HQTS Group held such seminar, attendees from participating enterprises gave high marks to the event and expressed support for future like events. HQTS will build on this experience to be more inclusive and expand the invitation to more industry leaders and attendees to participate in future events.
For more than 20 years, HQTS Group has been working to improve quality awareness and its internal quality capabilities, while remaining deeply involved in industry education and awareness programs.

ECHA Seeks Public Consultation on Six Potential Substances of Very High Concern

On Sep 4, 2018, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) launched its public consultation on six potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The six proposed substances in the consultation are listed as below. The deadline for commenting is October 19, 2018.

list of the six proposed substances in the public consultation

The six additional substances application of the SVHC list are as follows:

1. 2,2-bis(4′-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane: The majority of patents are for use in polymers, other minor uses include drugs/biocides, surface coatings, inks, adhesives etc.

2. Benzo[k]fluoranthene: Uses include coatings, adhesives, road and construction application and cleaning agents.

3. Fluoranthene: Uses include coatings, adhesives, road and construction application and cleaning agents

4. Phenanthrene: Uses in Coatings and paints, uses in road and construction application, in binders or release agents, uses in lubricants, in cleaning agents

5. Pyrene: Uses in coatings, uses in road and construction applications, in binders or agents, cleaning agents

6. Undecafluorohexanoic acid and its ammonium salt: Its precursors can be used as surfactants or as monomers for the production of side-chain fluorinated polymers.