On June 30, 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued notice of intent to add the following chemicals to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.View Story Read More
The chemicals are:
OEHHA is now requesting comments as to whether the above chemicals meet the Proposition 65 criteria for chemcials known to the state to cause cancer. The comment period will end on July 31, 2017.
On May 11, 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued notice to approve No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for styrene, which was listed in 2016 under Proposition 65 as being known to the state to cause cancer (See Regulatory Recap: May 2016).View Story Read More
The chemical details and issued NSRL are provided below:
|Chemical||Chemical Abstracts Service
Number (CAS No.)
|Number (CAS No.)||No significant risk
The NSRL is effective July 1, 2017.
On May 17, 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued an updated list (May 2017) summarizing the latest No Significant Risk Levels (NSRLs) for carcinogens and Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for reproductive toxic chemicals. The NSRLs and MADLs provide safe harbor limits for Proposition 65 chemicals.View Story Read More
For Proposition 65 chemicals, if the exposure levels and discharges to drinking water sources are below the safe harbor levels (NSRLs and MADLs), the labeling requirement of Proposition 65 will be exempted. In some cases, enforcement actions may have resulted in negotiated exposure levels relative to specific settlement agreements.
On June 26, 2017, the California Office of Environment Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued notice for approving glyphosate being added to the Proposition 65 list (see Regulatory Recap: April 2017).View Story Read More
The chemical details are provided below:
|Chemical||Chemical Abstracts Service Number (CAS No.)||Types of Toxicity|
Glyphosate is listed under Proposition 65 effective July 7, 2017.
On July 1, 2017, the Washington House Bill HB 2545 to amend the Children’s Safe Product Act (CSPA) Chapter 70.240 RCW was implemented. The amendment adds restrictions on flame retardant chemicals in children's products and residential upholstered furniture (See Regulatory Recap: April 2016).View Story Read More
Starting July 1, 2017, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers shall not manufacture, sell or distribute children’s products and upholstered furniture containing the following flame retardants:
|Flame Retardants||Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Number|
|Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)||115-96-8|
|Tetrabromobisphenol A (Additive TBBPA)||79-94-7|
In May 2017, Health Canada revised the policy regarding size requirements for infant sleepwear. These requirements are found in Children’s Sleepwear: Flammability Requirement Guidelines (2016) which is regulated under SOR/2016-169 Children Sleepwear Regulations.View Story Read More
Currently, the guidelines specify that sleepwear designed for infants up to 7 kg with a chest circumference greater than 508 mm, will be subject to the “loose-fitting sleepwear” requirements. The updates to the guidelines will incorporate the following requirements to sleepwear for infants weighing up to 7 kg:
In addition, the updates aim to harmonize the sleepwear size requirements with the U.S. requirements found in 16 CFR 1615. The revised requirements will be incorporated into a new version of the Children’s Sleepwear guidelines, yet to be published.
On July 7, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added 1 new substance of very high concern (SVHC) to the SVHC Candidate List under Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). The added chemical can be very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties. This addition brings the SVHC Candidate List total to 174 substances.View Story Read More
The chemical added is:
The deadline for notification about the presence of the new SVHCs in articles is January 7, 2018, six months after their inclusion on the List.
On June 14, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) intended to propose 5 chemicals to be added to the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List under Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH).View Story Read More
The proposed chemicals are as follows:
|Reason for intension|
|4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (BPA)||80-05-7||Serious effects to the>
|Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione,
formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear
|Cadmium carbonate||513-78-0||Carcinogenic, mutagenic
and toxic for
May cause damage to
prolonged or repeated
7,15-diene (Dechlorane Plus) [covering any of its individual
isomers or any combination thereof]
|-||Very persistent and very
|Tricobalt tetraoxide||1308-06-1||Carcinogenic, mutagenic
and toxic for
The expected submission date for the intention is August 7, 2017.
On June 13, 2017, Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1000 was published to add Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) to Annex XVII List of Restriction under Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH). The effective date of the regulation was July 4, 2017.View Story Read More
In the regulation, usage of PFOA and related substances are restricted and several enforcement dates have been appointed to different parts of the regulation (See Regulatory Recap: November 2016).
The first implementation date for the restriction will be July 4, 2020 and applies to the following:
Three other parts of the regulation will be enforced on different enforcement dates respectively, with the second one on July 4, 2022, and the last one on July 4, 2032.
There are several exemptions to this regulation, including:
Please refer to the regulation for other exemptions.
On June 13, 2017, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) approved the addition of 12 chemicals to Annex XIV List of Authorization under Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH).View Story Read More
The chemical details are as follows (Also see Regulatory Recap: October 2016):
|1-Bromopropane||106-94-5||4th January, 2019||4th July, 2020|
|1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-
branched alkyl ester, C7 rich
branhed and linear alkyl ester
dipentylester, branched and linear
|Anthracene oil||90640-80-5||4th April, 2019||4th October, 2020|
|Pitch, coal tar, high temp||65996-93-2|
ethoxylated (covering well-defined
substances and UVCB substances,
polymers and homologues)
|---||4th July, 2019||4th January, 2021|
|4-nonylphenol, branched and linear,
(substances with a linear and/or
branched alkyl chain with a carbon
number of 9 covalently bound in position
4 to phenol, ethoxylated covering UVCB-
and well-defined substances, polymers
and homologues, which include any of
the individual isomers and/or
In Australia, when hazards are identified in consumer products, the products will be recalled and published in the Product Safety Australia, which is updated daily. The Australia recalls from January to June 2017 are summarized below:View Story Read More
|Electric Shock Hazard||12|
|Toys and Childcare Articles||43|
|Sporting Goods / Equipment||15|
|Cosmetics / Bodycare||13|
|Computer / Audio / Video / Other
Electronics & Accessories
Download the complete Recall Cases Summary – AUS (Last Update Date: June 30, 2017)
On July 1, 2017, the Minister of Environment and Water Resources in Singapore implemented RoHS regulation for controlled electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that was approved in June 2016 (See Regulatory Recap: September 2016).View Story Read More
Compared to EU RoHS, Singapore RoHS applies to a narrower group of EEE products that are designed for household use. The restricted chemical limits set forth in the amendment act are summarized below:
On April 18, 2016, the Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare issued Notice 1041304938 to establish labeling requirements for food utensils, food containers and packaging in addition to Article 26 (8) of the Food Safety and Health Administration Law. The additional requirements were enacted on July 1, 2017.View Story Read More
The additional requirements established are summarized below:
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