An amended version of the EU Toy Safety Standard has been published on April 14, 2021. The amendments mainly focus on the Aluminum limit. The new migration limits apply from May 20, 2021.View Story Read More
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published an amended version of the European Standard EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021, Safety of toys – Part 3: Migration of certain elements on April 14, 2021.
The amendments update the limits of allowable Aluminum. The updates are shown below:
In April 2021, the European Union (EU) published the list of standards to be used to identify the test methods for demonstrating compliance with nickel release under REACH Annex XVII Entry 27.View Story Read More
In April 2021, the EU published on its website: Titles and references of standards to be used as the test methods for demonstrating the conformity of articles under entry 27 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
The three harmonized standards are summarized below:
|European standardisation organisation||Reference and title of the standard||Reference of superseded standard|
Reference test method for release of nickel from all post assemblies which are inserted into pierced parts of the human body and articles intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin
Method for the simulation of accelerated wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel release from coated items
Ophthalmic optics – Reference method for the testing of spectacle frames and sunglasses for nickel release
In Europe, when hazards are identified in Non-food Consumer Products, the Products will be recalled and published in the Safety Gate system, which is updated weekly. The European recalls for December 1, 2020 through May 15, 2021 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Health Risk Hazard||63|
|Electric Shock Hazard||89|
*Other Hazards include Burn Hazard, Cut Hazard, Damage to Hearing Hazard, Damage to Sight Hazard, Drowning Hazard, Entrapment Hazard, Environmental Hazard, Microbial Hazard, Strangulation Hazard and Suffocation Hazard with a frequency of less than 45.
|Toys and Childcare Articles||225|
|Electrical Appliances and Equipment||85|
|Personal Protective Equipment||56|
|Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Items||74|
^Other Categories include Cosmetics, Decorative Articles, Eyewear, Kitchen and Accessories, Furniture, Gadgets, Lighting Equipment, Hobby/Sporting Equipment, with a frequency of less than 17.
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On April 24, 2021, Canada published Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Surface Coating Materials) (‘the Proposal’) in Canada Gazette, Part I, to address gaps in the regulatory framework and align the requirements for surface coating materials across various regulations under the CCPSA for consistency.
According to the Proposal: Comments will be accepted until July 3, 2021. The amendments will become effective on the 180th day after the day on which they have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
Health Canada is proposing the Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Surface Coating Materials) to address these issues by:
A few “housekeeping” amendments are also proposed.
On May 1, 2021 a new regulation, Corded Window Coverings Regulations (CWCR) (SOR/2019-97), came into force. The CWCR serves an important purpose in helping to eliminate the strangulation hazard associated with corded window coverings to help protect the health and safety of children. CWCR (SOR/2019-97) replaced the previous Corded Window Covering Products Regulations (SOR/2016-172).View Story Read More
The Corded Window Covering Products Regulation (SOR/2016-172) requires the product to comply with product safety requirements, information and labeling requirements of the national standard.
The CWCR (SOR/2019-97) describes additional specifics on requirements for:
The Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety directorate identified opportunities to strengthen the Carriages and Strollers Regulations (CSR) with proposed amendments to help improve health and safety.
In the proposal, Health Canada is proposing a transition period of 6 months for documents incorporated by ambulatory reference.
Proposed amendments to the CSR cover five types of requirements:
Health Canada revised the Product Safety Laboratory Reference Manual Test Method M18, Magnetic flux index to magnetic toys. In additional to considering the magnetic flux index on toys, this revision includes the safety requirements of magnetic toys.View Story Read More
The revision is in direct reference to international standard ASTM F963.
The product is evaluated by performing the following test sections in sequence, as applicable:
The warning label is only applicable to kits intended for carrying out educational experiments involving both magnetism and electricity and intended for a child of at least 8 years of age.
The warning label should be present on the kit’s container and instructions using the following text or text that is similar:
Not suitable for children under 8 years of age. This kit contains small magnets. Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious injuries. Seek immediate attention if a magnet may be swallowed.
MISE EN GARDE!
Cette trousse ne convient pas a un enfant de moins de 8 ans. Elle contiets de petits aimants. Les aimants qui sont avles peuvent s'attirer mutuellement a travers l'interstin et engendrer ainsi de graves blessures. Consultez immediatement un medecin si un enfant semble avoir avale un aimant.
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