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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 Tightens Heavy Metal Restrictions on Jewellery

14 Oct 2019

California recently approved legislation tightening the current restrictions on the sale of children’s jewellery containing certain heavy metals....Read More


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


Greater Global Standardisation Vital for Mainland Jewellery Sector

8 April 2019

Speaking at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, Yang Lixin, Director of the Standardisation Office of China's National Gemstone Testing Centre, called on industry players to work more cl...Read More


Sweden Investigates E-commerce Consumer Goods Including Toys and Jewellery

25 Feb 2019

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has undertaken a first of its kind investigation into electronic products, toys and jewellery sold via e-commerce marketplaces. It announced that its report of Decem...Read More


Argentina Adopts New Requirements for Sunglasses

23 Jan 2019

Argentina has adopted through Disposition 562/2019 new requirements for domestically-produced and imported sunglasses. Excluded from this regulation are equipment to protect the eye from artificial li...Read More


MYANMAR: Import-Export Restrictions on Gold and Gold Products Now Lifted

25 Jan 2018

Gold and items of gold are now permitted to be imported to and exported from Myanmar, following a recent move by Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce recently to remove gold from the list of items prohibite...Read More


INDIA: Government-Certified Hallmark Set to Become Mandatory for Gold Jewellery

6 Nov 2017

As of January 2018, all jewellery in the 14 carat, 18 carat and 22 carat grades sold in India will have to bear an official Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)-certified hallmark, in order that the purit...Read More


INDIA: Government Moves to Ban Sale of Imported Duty-Free Gold on Domestic Market

20 Oct 2017

Following reports that a number of the country’s highest profile gold importers – those accorded four or five-star ratings and thus entitled to self-certify goods as originating from within India – ha...Read More


Restriction of Lead in Jewellery to be Reviewed

5 May 2017

On 20 April 2017, it was reported that the European Commission has asked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate the current restriction of lead in jewellery by 30 September 2017. Therefore, ...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


EU Harmonizes Method for Nickel in Spectacle Frames and Sunglasses under REACH

26 Jan 2017

The EU has recently updated the list of harmonized standards for nickel falling under entry 27 to Annex XVII of REACH. The newest entry for EN 16128:2015 takes effect immediately. On January 13, 2017,...Read More


New EU Regulation on “Personal Protective Equipment” Imposes Stringent Requirements on Manufacturers and Importers

29 April 2016

On 31 March 2016, the Official Journal published Regulation 2016/425 on personal protective equipment (PPE). The new Regulation will repeal the previous law, namely, Council Directive 89/686/EEC, once...Read More


U.S. Sunglasses Standard (ANSI Z80.3: 2015) Updated

21 April 2016

U.S. voluntary industry standard for sunglasses has been revised and includes clarification of concepts and principles, as well as closer alignment with applicable provisions in other U.S. and interna...Read More


Proposed Revisions to Jewellery Guides, Gluten-Free Labelling for Fermented or Hydrolysed Foods Get More Time for Comments

11 March 2016

The Federal Trade Commission has extended from 4 April to 3 June the period for public comments on proposed revisions to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals and Pewter Industries, which provid...Read More


Brazil Bans Cadmium and Lead in Jewellery, Adopts or Proposes Requirements on Other Products

11 March 2016

INMETRO recently adopted a regulation (Directive 43/2016) prohibiting the sale in Brazil of jewellery containing more than 0.01 percent by weight of cadmium and/or more than 0.03 percent by weight of ...Read More


FTC Proposes Revisions to Jewellery Guides

22 Jan 2016

The Federal Trade Commission is accepting through 4 April comments on proposed revisions to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals and Pewter Industries, which provide advice to businesses on how...Read More


Amendment to European Standard EN ISO 12312-1; Eye and Face Protection – Sunglasses and Related Eyewear

9 Nov 2015

The European standard EN ISO 12312-1:2013; Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear has been amended and published as EN ISO 12312-1:2013 AMD 1 2015. This amendment aligns EN ISO 12312...Read More


Canada's New Regulatory Requirements for Non-Corrective Contact Lenses to Enter into Force July 2016

28 Aug 2015

The Canadian government has determined that the new regulatory requirements for non-corrective contact lenses should enter into force on 29 July 2016....Read More


RAPEX Used to Protect European Consumers from Chemicals Found in Consumer Goods such as Toys, Childcare Articles, Shoes, Jewellery and Textiles

26 June 2015

In a publication of earlier this month, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has highlighted that a quarter of all the notifications circulated to the EU Member States via the Commission’s RAPEX syste...Read More

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