SafeGuards – Regulatory Updates
SafeGuardS is our technical bulletin highlighting new product standards, regulations and test methods, written by SGS experts.
The complete library of technical bulletins is available here. You can search for specific topics or filter by market segment or region.
Subscribers receive weekly email alerts on new SafeGuardS. They also receive our Product Recalls publication twice per month, compiling consumer product recalls notified in the EU, US and Australia.
Taiwan Bans Barium Salts and Tightens Cadmium Content Restrictions in Cosmetic Products
Jun 12, 2018 Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
Taiwan bans the manufacture, importation, sale and distribution of cosmetics containing barium salts, except barium sulfate, barium sulfide, infusible salts for colorants, lakes and pigments; and at the same time, tightens the Cadmium restriction.
New Zealand’s New Voluntary Safety Policy for Household Goods with Button Batteries
May 31, 2018 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Electrical and Electronics
New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has recently submitted a product safety policy statement to the New Zealand’s Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for release to the press. The Product Safety Policy statement is to address the risks associated with button batteries in household goods, especially for children under the age of three.
EU Amends CLP Regulation on Substances and Mixtures
May 29, 2018 Toys and Juvenile Products, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household
The EU has published ATP-11 to amend Annex VI of the CLP Regulation. The new law for substances and mixtures, where classification and labeling are stipulated in the CLP Regulation, will become effective on December 1, 2019.
Indonesia Proposes to Mandate Testing and Certification for Food Contact Paper & Paperboard
May 28, 2018 Hardgoods, Food
Indonesia has published a proposal mandating the use of SNI 8218:2015 for food contact paper and paperboard materials and articles. If approved, the regulations could become effective in 2020.
EU Approved CMR Restrictions on Textile and Footwear Products
May 28, 2018 Softlines
On April 26, 2018, EU member states approved the European Commission proposal to restrict the use of 33 carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances in clothing, textiles and footwear. This new entry of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 will be applicable 24 months after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (EUOJ).