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Strict Limit Proposed for DecaBDE in Recycled Plastics Used to Make Toys and Other Consumer Goods

28 Nov 2018

On 15 November 2018, the European Parliament voted to introduce a derogation limit of only 10 mg/kg (0.001% by weight) for the brominated flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (“DecaBDE”). This figu...Read More

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FDA Issues Mandatory Food Recall Guidance

7 Nov 2018

The FDA issued on 5 November final guidance regarding mandatory food recalls. The agency notes that it is committed to evaluating all applicable evidence in determining whether an article is adulterat...Read More

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CEN Publishes Amendment 2 to EN 1400 for Soothers

6 Nov 2018

In September 2018, the European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN) published EN 1400:2013+A2:2018, the new safety standard for ‘Soothers for Babies and Young Childre...Read More

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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

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Mandatory Standard for Infant Bath Tubs Revised

24 Oct 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule revising the mandatory standard for infant bath tubs to incorporate by reference the latest version of the applicable ASTM standar...Read More

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Enhanced Restriction of BPA in Toys to Enter into Effect

23 Oct 2018

By means of Directive 2017/898, the European Commission cut the permissible level of Bisphenol A in toys by more than half. The migration limit, which is based upon the rate at which the substance lea...Read More

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California’s Broad Restrictions on Flame Retardant Chemicals Enacted into Law

11 Oct 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law legislation banning the use effective from 1 January 2020 of most flame retardant chemicals in children’s products, mattresses and upholstered ...Read More

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Amendments to Registration Requirements for Durable Infant Products Under Consideration

9 Oct 2018

The CPSC is seeking input by 24 December on a proposal to amend the requirements for consumer registration of durable infant and toddler products by (i) amending the definition of “durable infant or t...Read More

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EU Law Restricting Phenol in Toys to Begin Applying Imminently

8 Oct 2018

Hong Kong’s toy sellers will be aware that Directive 2009/48/EC is the framework toy safety Directive for all toys that are sold to EU consumers. This framework toy safety Directive provides for the a...Read More

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Canada Amends Safety Requirements for Playpens

4 Oct 2018

Canada has modified effective 3 April 2019 its mandatory safety standards for playpens by including additional performance requirements and test methods to address unintentional folding or collapse of...Read More

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New Law Restricting Lead in Toys to Enter into Effect EU-wide on 28 October

2 Oct 2018

Council Directive 2017/738 was published in the EU’s Official Journal on 27 April 2017. It introduces more stringent limits on the concentration of lead in toys, which will begin applying from 28 Octo...Read More

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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

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China Increases Oversight of Dairy Sector in Drive Towards Domestic Self-Sufficiency

2 Aug 2018

With the hope that 70% of the country’s milk requirements will be met through domestic production by 2020, China is looking to strengthen the oversight of its dairy industry, while also calling on far...Read More

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China Releases a New Standard for Baby Toddler Walking Assistant – GB/T 35448-2017

10 July 2018

The National Technical Committee of Garments of the Standardization Administration of China has issued its product standard GB/T 35448-2017 for Baby toddler walking assistant. It is the first product ...Read More

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Sweden Investigates Banned Substances in Small Consumer Goods, and Labelling Compliance of Over 20,000 Mixtures Such As Detergents

29 June 2018

Earlier this summer, the Swedish Chemicals Agency published a report on its investigation into the contents of goods which are small enough for children to put into their mouths. These include mobile ...Read More

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EU’s Toy Safety Directive Amended So As to Lower Limit Values for Chromium VI in Scraped-off Toy Materials

1 June 2018

On 17 May 2018, a new EU-wide law – Directive 2018/725 – was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The new Directive amends Directive 2009/48/EC, which is the framework toy safety Directive, by...Read More

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Hong Kong Amends Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Products

25 May 2018

Hong Kong has amended its list of standards for safety requirements for toys and children’s products. The new standards will become effective on August 1, 2018. These standards are international stand...Read More

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Toys Imports to China Freed from Inspection and Quarantine Label Requirement

30 April 2018

Imported toys no longer need to carry China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) labels....Read More

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Danish Agency Warns Against “Squishy” Toys, While Consumers Are Warned of Strong Chemical Smells and the Importance of the CE Mark on Toys

20 April 2018

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has issued an announcement urging consumers to avoid perfumed “squishy” toys, indicating that many perfume substances are allergenic. According to the Agency...Read More

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Updated Registration Requirements for Overseas Infant Formula Milk Manufacturers

13 April 2018

New requirements related to all overseas manufacturers of imported infant formula milk products have been issued by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA)....Read More

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