This issue will highlight changes to Canadian regulations surrounding Children's jewellery, outline changes to the European candidate list for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and give an overview of our company's participation in the Hong Kong Toys and Games fair 2017.
Canada - Children’s Jewellery Regulation
On December 3, 2016, the proposed changes were published in the Canada Gazette highlighting the amendments which include Lead and Cadmium requirements. The proposed effective date is 6 months after publication pending the approval of the proposed changes.
- Replace the current 600 mg/kg total lead limit and 90 mg/kg migrative lead limit with a 90 mg/kg total lead limit for all children’s jewellery items; and
- Add a limit of 130 mg/kg total cadmium for children’s jewellery items that are small enough to be totally enclosed in a small parts cylinder.
EU - Update Candidate List of SVHC
On 19 December 2016, the Member State Committee (MSC) unanimously agreed on the identification of four substances of very high concern (SVHCs): bisphenol A, PFDA, PTAP and 4-HPbl. The majority of the MSC’s members also supported the identification of an environmental endocrine disruptor PTBP and a respiratory sensitiser TMA as SVHCs.
|Bisphenol A (BPA)||80-05-7
||As flame retardant, Antioxidant of plastic
|Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts
||Intermediate of lubricating oil, lubricating oil||Environmental hazards
|4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (4-HPbl)||-||As plasticizers, lubricants, Surface active agents, wetting agents and corrosion inhibitors||Reproductive toxicity|
||Exist in chemicals and plastics
ALS in Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair 2017
As the second largest toy fair in the world, this event attracted more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries. During the fair, ALS representatives, met with different international buyers and visitors, and provided people with insights on quality assurance and product compliance. Post event follow up actions will be taken to support new and existing clients including quality compliance assistance for their product lines to ensure their products are safe to go to market.
ALS Experience outlines our commitment to our clients built on Service, Value and Reliability!