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Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Hexavalent Chromium in Leather Products

6 Dec 2019

On 13 November 2019, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) published the results of an investigation into hazardous substances contained in common leather products. The investigation covered a total of 7...Read More


California Seeks Input on Use of PFAS in Textiles, Various Chemicals in Food Packaging

3 Dec 2019

California is seeking input on the use of PFAS substances in textile and leather products, as well as PFAS, BPA and ortho-phthalates in food packaging, as part of a process that could lead to the list...Read More


EU Environment Ministers Call for More Sustainable Action in, Among Others, Textiles and Electronics Sectors

12 Nov 2019

The Council of the European Union (the “Council”), bringing together the environment ministers from all EU Member States, has adopted conclusions on the transition to a sustainable society. It is a ca...Read More


MERCOSUR Technical Regulation on Labelling of Textile Products – Ordinance No. 296

26 Sept 2019

The MERCOSUR member countries have approved and issued the Technical Regulation on Labelling of Textile Products, MERCOSUR/GMC/RES. No. 62/18, to establish the labelling requirements for textile produ...Read More


New York and New Hampshire Advance Efforts to Enhance Safety of Consumer Products

17 Sept 2019

State authorities in New York and New Hampshire recently took separate actions to further enhance the safety of consumer products sold in their states. The actions taken in New York affect clothing st...Read More


Proposal Is Tabled to Restrict Placing on the Market of Textile and Leather Articles Containing Skin Sensitising Substances

14 May 2019

It is reported that on 29 April 2019 Sweden and France have submitted a “restriction proposal” to the European Chemicals Agency, aimed at putting in place the restriction of skin sensitising substance...Read More


Possible Changes to Flammability Standard for Clothing Textiles under Consideration

25 April 2019

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is seeking input by 24 June on possible changes to the standard for the flammability of clothing textiles to expand the list of fabrics that are exempt from...Read More


RAPEX Removes Dangerous Products from European Market but Significant Concerns Remain over Imports

18 April 2019

On 9 April 2019, it was announced that the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Consumer Products (“RAPEX”) had removed more than 2,000 dangerous products from the European market in 2018. However, accordi...Read More


MERCOSUR – Member Countries Enforce Technical Regulation on Labelling of Textile Products

17 April 2019

MERCOSUR member countries have enforced a technical regulation by adopting MERCOSUR/GMC/RES. No. 62/18 on the labelling of textile products to facilitate free trade among members and to ensure a clear...Read More


Ban on Harmful Flame Retardant “DecaBDE”

27 Feb 2019

On 2 March 2019, a prohibition on the use of bis(pentabromophenyl)ether, more commonly referred to as decaBDE, will enter into effect. DecaBDE is a widely known and hazardous flame retardant used in a...Read More


ECHA Urged to Follow Through with Database of Products Containing Hazardous Substances

18 Feb 2019

By 5 January 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is mandated to establish a database of articles that contain so-called Candidate List substances and make this information available to waste tr...Read More


Vermont Considering Amendments to Reporting Requirements for High-Concern Chemicals

12 Feb 2019

The Vermont Department of Health is considering a number of amendments to the existing reporting requirements for chemicals of high concern to children under 12 years of age in an effort to better ali...Read More


Mercosur Amends Labelling Requirements for Textiles and Apparel

10 Jan 2019

The Mercosur Common Market Group recently issued a regulation modifying the current regional labelling requirements for textiles and apparel. Mercosur member nations have been given until 15 June to i...Read More


New Regulation Will Restrict Phthalates in Consumer Goods EU-wide

3 Jan 2019

Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation, into which the core provisions of Commission Regulation 2018/2005 will be inserted, prohibits or restricts the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain...Read More


New Demands Made for Circular Economy-compliant Carpets in Light of Report Revealing High Levels of Toxins

20 Dec 2018

For the purposes of the October report regarding the European carpets market, samples were selected from several large European carpets suppliers. It is reported that a number of chemical groups were ...Read More


Updated China Bag Product Standard – QB/T 1333-2018 (Handbag and knapsack)

6 Nov 2018

On May 8, 2018, the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued bag product standard QB/T 1333-2018 which replaced the previous edition QB/T 1333-2010. QB/T 1333*2018 became effective...Read More


European Commission Imposes Restrictions on Hazardous Chemicals in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear

18 Oct 2018

On 12 October 2018, the EU’s Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2018/1513 imposing new restrictions on the use of 33 substances known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems (so...Read More


Denmark Investigates Carcinogenic PAHs in Consumer Products, Including in Footwear and Toys

2 Oct 2018

PAHs are organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings, which, in processed articles, may exist in the following: creosote, medicines, dyes, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, lubricants, ...Read More


China New Product Standard – FZ/T 73058-2017 (Knitted overcoat)

11 July 2018

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced a new Industry Standard for knitted overcoats FZ/T 73058-2017 and it was officially implemented on April 1, 2018. The standard app...Read More


China Implements Revised Product Standard - FZ/T 73032-2017 (Knitted Jeanswear)

10 July 2018

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the newly revised Industry Standard for Knitted Jeanswear, FZ/T 73032-2017. It was officially implemented on April 1, 2018. The ne...Read More

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