On March 30, 2017, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued Final Rule 16 CFR 1234 in the Federal Register 82 FR 15615 regarding the safety standard adoption for infant bath tubs. The final rule was effective on October 2, 2017.View Story Read More
In the final rule, the ASTM F2670-17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs is adopted. An infant bath tub is defined as a tub, enclosure, or other similar product intended to hold water and be placed into an adult bath tub, sink, or on top of other surfaces to provide support or containment, or both, for an infant in a reclining, sitting, or standing position during bathing by a caregiver. Products commonly known as bath slings typically made of fabric or mesh are excluded from the scope of the standard.
Below is a summary of recently updated ASTM standards:View Story Read More
|ASTM F2388-17a||Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Baby Changing Products for Domestic Use
Covers performance requirements, test methods, and labeling requirements to
promote the safe use of baby changing products including changing tables, changing
table accessories, contoured changing pads, and add-on changing units.
|ASTM F2613-17a||Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Children's Chairs and Stools
Establishes testing requirements for structural integrity and performance
requirements for children’s chairs and stools. It also provides requirements for
|ASTM F2417-17||Standard Specification for Fire Safety for Candles
Prescribes minimum safety requirements for candles and candle ensembles to
provide a reasonable degree of safety for normal use with candles, thereby improving
personal safety and reducing fires, deaths, and injuries.
|ASTM F3118-17a||Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Inclined Sleep Products
Establishes safety performance requirements, test methods, and labeling
requirements to minimize the hazards to infants presented by infant inclined sleep
products as identified in the introduction.
|ASTM F2057-17||Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units
Intends to reduce injuries and deaths of children from hazards associated with tipover
of free-standing clothing storage units, such as chests, door chests and dressers, over
30 in. (762 mm) in height.
On October 27, 2017, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued Final Rule 16 CFR 1307 in the Federal Register 82 FR 49938 to approve updates regarding the prohibition of children’s toys and child care articles containing certain phthalates.View Story Read More
The Final Rule updates the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Section 108, as summarized below:
The rule will become effective on April 25, 2018. Upon enforcement, any children’s toy or child care article that contains concentrations over 0.1 percent of DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIBP, DEPENP, DHEXP and DCHP is prohibited.
On October 3, 2017, House Bill H5082, An Act Relating the Health and Safety - Child Products and Upholstered Furniture entered into force without the Governor’s signature. The implementation date of the rule will be July 1, 2018.View Story Read More
Upon enforcement, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers cannot manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale or distribute for use in the state any children’s product or residential upholstered bedding or furniture, which contains over 100 ppm of any organohalogen flame retardant chemical applied to plastic, foam or textile. The implementation schedule is summarized as below:
|1.||Residential upholstered bedding or furniture (children’s product)||July 1, 2018|
|2.||Residential upholstered bedding or furniture (non-children’s product)||July 1, 2019|
Ninety days before the implementation date of the prohibition, a manufacturer of products that are prohibited shall notify persons or entities that sell the products in the state.
On October 26, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule, 40 CFR 713 under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to require applicable persons to provide information to assist in the preparation of an inventory of mercury and its supply, use, and trade in the United States.View Story Read More
Upon approval, any person who manufactures or imports mercury or mercury added products (including mercury compounds) or otherwise intentionally uses mercury in a manufacturing process is required to report to the EPA.
The proposed rule is now receiving comments until December 26, 2017.
In Canada, when hazards are identified in consumer products, they will be recalled and published in the Recalls and Safety Alerts Database on the Health Canada website, which is updated daily. The Canada recalls from May 1 to October 31, 2017 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Toys and Childcare Articles||22|
|Sporting Goods / Equipment||12|
|Cosmetics / Bodycare||10|
|Fabric / Textile / Garment / Home Textile||9|
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On September 15, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the Registered Identification Number (RN) Webpage has been updated to allow real-time data validation for applicants and alert them to possible errors to avoid unnecessary delays.View Story Read More
Under the current rule, most clothing, textile and fur products are required to have a label identifying the manufacturer or other business responsible for handling the item. The updated webpage allowing real-time data validation of RN makes it easier for companies to obtain an RN, which can avoid putting long company names on labels. The use of the updated RN webpage will streamline the application process for participating businesses and increase the efficiency to deliver RN services.
On October 26, 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Final Decision and Order holding that Zen Magnets are a substantial product hazard.View Story Read More
In the final decision and order, CPSC Commissioners held that Zen Magnets are defective, and that the defect creates a substantial risk of injury to the public. Additionally, they found that it is reasonably foreseeable that children will ingest Zen Magnets and the warnings do not mitigate the risk. When two or more magnets are ingested, they can attract to each other or to other ingested metallic objects resulting in catastrophic injuries or death. Therefore, it is illegal under federal law for any person to sell, offer for sale, manufacture, distribute or import into the United States any Zen Magnets.
On November 4, 2017, Health Canada proposed an amendment to SOR/2011-17 Toys Regulations through the Canada Gazette. The amendment proposes to add a magnetic toys requirement due to ingestion hazards resulting in serious damage to intestinal tissues and long-term health consequences.View Story Read More
The key amendments, which are aligned with few exceptions to ASTM F963-16, are summarized below:
On October 3, 2017, the Committee of House Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines approved the following 4 house bills related to safety labeling and hazardous chemical requirements in children’s toys, school supplies and child care articles:
The key requirements of the four approved Acts are summarized below:
|Childcare Article||Any product intended to facilitate sleep, relaxation, hygiene, the feeding of children or
sucking on the part of children (under 14 years of age).
|Children's Toy||Any product or material designed and clearly intended for use in play by children under 14
years of age.
|School Implement||A tool used by children for writing, drawing, coloring, marking, gluing, or erasing that is
likely to be licked or put in the mouth.
|School Supplies||Items or articles used for educational purposes which are not likely to be put in the mouth
Within three months from the effective date of this Act, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shall prepare a list of prohibited chemicals and substances, which may cause harm, injury, or death to children. In the list, the following chemicals shall also be included:
||For heavy metals identified in PNS/ISO 8124-3,
compliance with one of the following standards is
||For phthalates, compliance with one of the
following is required:
|3||Bisphenol A (BPA)||Not Specified|
Any toys or games containing the following components shall bear a suitable warning on the packaging:
The cautionary statement in the warning label shall be written in English, Filipino or both languages.