China publishes new standards for food contact materials
The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China published Notice No. 15 of 2016 on the National Food Safety Standards for food contact materials (FCM) and articles which included 53 national food safety standards.
Canada proposes new lead and cadmium limits in children’s products
On 3 December 2016, the Health Canada published proposed amendments regarding the Children’s Jewellery Regulations and Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations under the Canada Consumer Products Safety Act (CCPSA).
US EPA kicks off first 10 chemicals for TSCA review
These chemicals are prioritised out of the 90 chemicals which have high priority for safety evaluation. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform aims to speed up the process of chemical evaluation and empowers Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate chemicals more effectively.
India: Guidelines for implementation of Amendment 1 to IS 15885 (Part 2/Sec 13): 2012
The Guidelines for implementation of Amendment No. 1 to IS 15885 (Part 2/Sec 13): 2012 – Safety of Lamp Controlgear Part 2 Particular Requirements Section 13 d.c. or a.c. Supplied Electronic Controlgear for LED Modules has been published.
The California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) requires products that contain hazardous chemical(s) to have proper warning labels. However, manufacturers of products containing hazardous chemicals often fail to provide this warning label and are often sued by professional Prop 65 litigants or various non-governmental organisation (NGOs).
Many nickel compounds are carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or toxic to reproduction. In metallic components or components with metal plating, nickel may migrate from the parts and cause skin irritation. Some consumers may be more vulnerable to nickel allergy.