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Thailand Proposes New Standard for Certain Food Contact Plastics
Friday, March 22, 2019 Hardgoods, Food
Thailand is proposing a mandatory standard for food contact materials and articles made of thermoset plastics derived from formaldehyde. Comments for the draft standard are accepted until April 14, 2019.
EU – ECHA Launches First 2019 SVHC Consultation on Three Proposals
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Hardgoods, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics
On March 13, 2019, ECHA launched its first 2019 public consultation on three potential SVHCs. The Candidate List will expand to 200 if these proposals are accepted.
US Legislative Developments: Flame Retardants in Consumer Products
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Hardgoods
Several jurisdictions in the US have introduced bills to restrict certain flame retardants in consumer products. The scope of products and types of flame retardant are jurisdiction dependent.
Health Canada Publishes Updated Industry Guide on Futon Flammability Requirements
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Hardgoods
On February 28, 2019, Health Canada published an updated industry guide on futon flammability requirements under Mattresses Regulations (SOR/2016-183). However, there is no change to the Mattresses Regulations.
EU Ecolabel Criteria Established for Tissue Paper and Tissue Products
Monday, March 18, 2019 Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
On January 11, 2019, European Commission published Decision (EU) 2019/70 to establish the EU Ecolabel criteria for tissue paper and tissue products. This Decision includes Ecolabel criteria for graphic paper as well.
US Legislative Developments: PFAS Chemicals in Firefighting and Food Packaging Products
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Hardgoods, Food
Several states in the US have introduced bills to prohibit PFAS chemicals in firefighting foams, firefighting personal protective equipment and/or food packaging. The scope of products is jurisdiction dependent.
New European Standard for Fastness of Fluorescent Whitened Paper and Board for Food Contact
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Hardgoods, Food
CEN has published EN 648:2018 for the determination of the fastness of fluorescent whitened paper and board intended for food contact. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by May 2019 at the latest.
New European Standard for Antimicrobials in Food Contact Paper and Board
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Hardgoods, Food
CEN has published EN 1104:2018 for the determination of antimicrobial constituents in food contact paper and board. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by May 2019 at the latest.