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Maine Adopts Comprehensive Ban on Flame Retardants in Upholstered Furniture

18 Aug 2017

Maine recently enacted into law a broad-ranging ban on the sale and distribution state-wide of upholstered furniture containing in its fabric or other covering, or in its cushioning materials, more th...Read More


Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

18 Aug 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general service fluorescent lamps, general servic...Read More


Furniture Flame Retardant Added to California Prop 65 List

4 Aug 2017

Effective 7 July, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added pentabromodiphenyl ether mixture to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of the S...Read More


Early Compliance Labelling Allowed for Composite Wood Products

21 July 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule allowing composite wood products and finished goods that contain such products that are manufactured prior to 12 December 2017 and ar...Read More


Mexico Issues New Standards for Room ACs, Proposes Standards for High Chairs

21 July 2017

Mexico has amended through standard NOM-021-ENER/SCFI-2017 the current mandatory safety and energy efficiency requirements for room air conditioners with a cooling capacity of up to 10,600 watts, with...Read More


Imports Can Retroactively Qualify for Reduced Anti-dumping Duty Rate, According to Advocate General’s Opinion

14 July 2017

Hong Kong traders may like to take note of a recent opinion delivered by the EU Advocate General, in which he considers that importers should be allowed to retrospectively demonstrate to national cust...Read More


Entry Requirements Clarified for LED Products and Goods Containing LEDs

23 June 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has issued the following guidance to address confusion regarding entry reporting requirements for light-emitting diode products and products containing LEDs....Read More


Mexico Considers New Standards for Lamps, Certain Digital Interfaces

23 June 2017

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 6 August on a proposal to amend the current mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported general purpose lamps used i...Read More


Compliance Dates Postponed for Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

9 June 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule extending the compliance dates associated with a final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress ...Read More


Consumer Watchdog Group Leads Effort Against Furniture Containing Toxic Chemicals

9 June 2017

California-based consumer watchdog group Center for Environmental Health recently announced a pledge by several major companies, higher education institutions and government purchasers to preferential...Read More


EU – Outdoor Seat and Table – EN 581-1: 2017

13 April 2017

A new version of the European EN 581-1 Outdoor Seat and Table Standard has been published on March 17, 2017 and includes several revisions. EN 581-1:2017 replaces EN 581-1:2006 with immediate effect. ...Read More


US BIFMA Releases Update of New Office Chair ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2011

5 April 2017

On 14 February 2017, BIFMA released an update of ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2011 (General-Purpose Office Chairs Tests). The updated edition now designated ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2017, aids furniture manufacturers i...Read More


EPA Rule on Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products Delayed

31 March 2017

The EPA has delayed from 10 February to 22 May the effective date of its final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010 (in title VI of the Toxic Substance...Read More


Canada to Develop Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

31 March 2017

The Canadian government has announced its intention to develop formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products and hopes to issue a proposed regulation by early 2018....Read More


Irish Authorities Carry out Inspection on Restricted Chemicals and Survey on Consumers’ Awareness of the CE Mark

24 March 2017

Two recent developments shed light on the importance that Irish enforcement authorities place on ensuring products comply with EU safety laws. First, the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) h...Read More


Court Rules on Classification of Items Used During Holidays

17 March 2017

The CIT ruled on 1 March that certain dinnerware and other items with holiday themes or designed to be used during holidays are properly classified according to their constituent materials and dutiabl...Read More


Argentina Narrows Scope of Import Licencing Requirements, Adopts New Criterion Value for Plastic Tableware and Kitchenware

17 March 2017

The Argentinean government has again amended the list of items subject to non-automatic import licencing by removing goods classified under NCM 8471.30.12, 8471.30.19, 8471.30.90, 8471.41.10, 8471.49....Read More


EU Ecolabelling for Textiles to be Amended, While New Decision Published for Floorings

10 March 2017

In recent weeks, there have been a number of important developments in the area of EU Ecolabelling, the voluntary scheme allowing traders to label their products as having a reduced environmental impa...Read More


FRQG Updated Standards for Children’s Furniture

6 March 2017

The Furniture Industry Research Association in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group published four new revised standards for children’s furniture: FIRA/FRQG C001~C004:2016 on 27 January...Read More


Argentina Adopts New Criterion Values for Certain Toilet and Kitchen Linen

3 March 2017

Argentina has amended the reference/criterion values for toilet and kitchen linen of cotton terry towelling or similar terry fabrics classified under NCM 6302.60.00 from various sources, including Hon...Read More

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