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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


Import Controls Continued on Synthetic Cannabinoid

29 Jan 2019

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final rule that, effective 29 January, places the synthetic cannabinoid N-(1-amino-3,3-dimethyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H- indazole...Read More


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


EU Adopts New Regulation on Cosmetics Restricting the Use of Preservatives in Leave-on And Rinse-off Products

18 Jan 2019

Hong Kong’s cosmetics producers exporting to the EU will have become familiar with the Commission Regulation 2018/1847 amends Annex V (preservatives) of Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products (“the...Read More


Argentina Bans Imports of Colistin Veterinary Products

17 Jan 2019

Argentina has banned effective from 14 July the production, importation, distribution and use of veterinary products that contain as an active principle Colistin and its salts....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


DEA to Restrict Imports of Synthetic Cannabinoids

28 Dec 2018

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has announced its intent to issue an order temporarily including five synthetic cannabinoids (and their optical, positional and geometric isomers, salts and sa...Read More


Brazil Considers New Regulatory Framework for Traditional Medicine Products, Seeks to Streamline Various Administrative Procedures

19 Dec 2018

The Brazilian Health Agency has announced its intention to develop a specific regulatory framework for traditional health products subject to sanitary oversight. The goal of this process is to develop...Read More


Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Prohibited Substances in Christmas Decorations

19 Dec 2018

Following the investigation, the companies marketing these products ceased their sales of the products concerned. Hong Kong businesses should be aware that the infringements led to administrative fine...Read More


Canada Considering Restrictions on Talc-Containing Products

7 Dec 2018

Canadian authorities are considering measures that would prohibit or restrict the use of talc in a limited number of product types, such as certain cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescript...Read More


Import Restrictions on Opioid-Like Substances Finalised

29 Nov 2018

The DEA has issued a final order that maintains the placement of certain substances, including their isomers, esters, ethers, salts and salts of isomers, esters and ethers, in schedule I of the Contro...Read More


Clarifications to California’s Proposition 65 Warning Requirements under Consideration

27 Nov 2018

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will hold a hearing on 17 December and will accept input from interested parties by 31 December on a proposal to clarify recent changes co...Read More


Canada to Allow Relabelling of Medical Devices after Importation

19 Nov 2018

Canada has amended its regulations for medical devices to permit relabelling of devices after importation and clarify establishment licencing requirements for Class I medical device manufacturers and ...Read More


Toxic Toys on the Market as a Result of European Legislative Inconsistencies

31 Oct 2018

The study has unveiled and called for an end to inconsistencies and mismatches in legislation on chemicals, products, and waste in the European Union and, even further afield, in Central and Eastern E...Read More


Argentina Unveils Framework Standards for Pressure Products

29 Oct 2018

Argentina recently established a regulatory framework for the adoption of specific technical requirements for products subject to pressure with or without fire that are sold domestically. While no spe...Read More


Brazil Further Facilitates Imports of Regulated Food and Health Products

18 Oct 2018

The Brazilian Health Agency (ANVISA) has adopted a number of measures in recent weeks and months aimed at facilitating the importation of products subject to sanitary oversight. Among other actions, A...Read More


China Sets End of Year Deadline for Adoption of 99 New/Updated Medical Device Standards

11 Oct 2018

A total of 99 “mandatory” or “recommended” industry standards relating to medical devices are to be adopted or updated before the end of the year, according to a recently issued circular on the part o...Read More


Hairspray Products Become Subject of Danish Investigation

2 Oct 2018

According to its announcement, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency's Chemicals Inspectorate investigated approximately 200 hairspray products from around 160 different brands, for any content o...Read More


FDA Bans Pharmaceutical Ingredient Imports from Mainland Chinese Supplier

2 Oct 2018

The FDA announced on 28 September that it will no longer allow imports of active pharmaceutical ingredients made by mainland China’s Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical. Huahai has been added to Import Ale...Read More


Guangdong Greenlights Online Health Consultations and Digital Prescriptions

13 Aug 2018

Guangdong-based healthcare providers are to be allowed to provide online follow-up consultations to patients with certain everyday ailments or specified chronic conditions, while also being permitted ...Read More

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