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Maine Issues Updated Proposal to Require Priority Chemical Reporting for PFOS

17 Oct 2019

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recently re-posted for a 30-day comment period (through 4 November) a revised version of a proposal to add perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) to the ...Read More

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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

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Vermont Amends Reporting Requirements for High-Concern Chemicals

13 Aug 2019

The Vermont Department of Health recently amended its reporting requirements for chemicals of high concern in children’s products....Read More

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Rhode Island Postpones Amended Ban on Toxic Flame Retardants in Furniture and Bedding Products

12 Aug 2019

Rhode Island has amended and postponed from 1 July 2019 to 1 January 2020 a comprehensive ban originally adopted in 2017 on toxic flame retardants in certain consumer products....Read More

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Chemical Used as Ink Solvent Added to California Prop 65 List

2 July 2019

Effective 28 June, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has added pchloro-α,α,α-trifluorotoluene (para-Chlorobenzotrifluoride, PCBTF), a colourless liquid used as an ink solve...Read More

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Argentina Sets New Technical Requirements for Fibreboard and Particleboard

28 May 2019

Argentina has adopted through Resolution 240/2019 new technical requirements for domestically-produced and imported fibreboard and particleboard, whether coated or uncoated, except for oriented strand...Read More

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Canada Adopts Tougher Safety Requirements for Corded Window Coverings

2 May 2019

The Canadian government has adopted more stringent requirements for corded window coverings in an effort to reduce the risk of strangulation posed to children by these products. Currently, a corded wi...Read More

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Canada Amends Regulations on Phosphorous in Cleaning Products

23 April 2019

The Canadian government has amended the regulations governing the concentration of phosphorous in cleaning products in order to exempt from those requirements cleaning products in transit through Cana...Read More

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Brazil Proposes to Greenlight Continued Use of Glyphosate in Pesticides

16 April 2019

ANVISA is seeking input from interested parties by 6 June on a proposal that would allow glyphosate to continue to be used as an active ingredient in pesticides sold in Brazil. The agency determined t...Read More

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Clothing Storage Units to Be Targeted for Non-Compliance with Relevant Voluntary Standards

19 March 2019

Consumer Product Safety Commission Deputy Executive Director DeWayne Ray recently urged importers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of clothing storage units to ensure that their products com...Read More

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Public Consultation Launched, Seeking Feedback, with a View to Evaluating EU Law on Food Contact Materials

5 March 2019

The Commission’s notice initiating the consultation notes that food contact materials (FCMs) are all materials that come into contact with food, including packaging, kitchenware and tableware, and the...Read More

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Argentina Adopts Ban on Mercury-added Products

21 Feb 2019

Argentina will prohibit from 1 January 2020 the importation, exportation and production of a range of mercury-added products in an effort to comply with the provisions of the Minamata Convention on Me...Read More

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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

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UK Plans to Introduce UKCA Symbol to Replace CE Marking in Case of a “No Deal” Brexit

14 Feb 2019

In case of a “no deal” Brexit, the UK government announced, on 2 February 2019, that it will introduce its own marking for conformity assessment, used to certify household products such as kettles or ...Read More

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Restriction Proposed Regarding Intentionally Added Microplastics

12 Feb 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on 30 January 2019 that it has submitted a “restriction proposal” for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to mixtures used by consumers o...Read More

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Argentina Updates List of Banned Pesticide Active Principles, Approves New Registration Procedures for Medicinal Specialties

24 Jan 2019

Argentina has approved a new list of banned active principles in fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, acaricides, growth regulators and related products....Read More

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EU Agency Starts Enforcement Programme on REACH Compliance

22 Jan 2019

Earlier in January 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and national customs officials started an EU-wide enforcement programme to check if importers and manufacturers comply with registration o...Read More

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California Lists Certain Paint/Varnish Strippers as Priority Product

8 Jan 2019

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has designated paint or varnish strippers containing methylene chloride as a priority product under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. The r...Read More

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EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs for Large Number of Products

4 Jan 2019

Council Regulation 2018/2069 is the first of the two new Regulations. It amends Regulation 1387/2013 (a so-called Framework Regulation), which suspends the autonomous common customs tariff duties on c...Read More

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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

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