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Potentially deadly electrical products available on Amazon and eBay, safety charity investigation finds

Amazon and eBay have been accused of failing to stop the sale of unsafe electricals after a safety charity found ‘potentially deadly’ items advertised. Electrical Safety First found that of 15 products it bought and tested from the two sites, as well as the online marketplace Wish, 14 failed tests against UK standards. The failures […]

Companies need to improve communication of hazardous substances in products

A Forum pilot enforcement project in 15 participating countries has found that 12 % of inspected products contain substances of very high concern (SVHCs). The majority (88 %) of suppliers of these products are failing to communicate sufficient information to their customers about SVHCs in products they supply. Helsinki, 18 November 2019 – The results of the pilot […]

UV Protective Clothing in the EU since April 21, 2019 classed as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that needs to be CE marked

It’s always summer somewhere in the world and the growing demand for ultraviolet (UV) protection garments has created a market that can be exploited throughout the year. How can manufacturers ensure their products are safe and compliant with regional requirements? Public awareness of the dangers of excessive exposure to the sun has resulted in some […]

Risks from bio-based FCM need monitoring – UK research

Additional sources of migration possible from agri-food, processing Food contact materials made from animal or plant biomass can perform as well as plastic FCM, but there may be additional risks to consumers from chemicals and allergens migrating into food, according to a UK study. These include heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), natural toxins and […]

German BfR Proposes To Lower PAH Limits For Voluntary GS Mark Certification

The German BfR is proposing to strengthen the existing PAH limits to 0.2 mg/kg for Category 2 consumer products covered by the GS Mark. On August 9, 2019, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, BfR) announced the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in consumer products should be ‘as low as possible’. Measurement […]

Sunglasses With No UV Protection Among Products Stopped by Irish Consumer Watchdog

42 consignments totalling more than 33,000 products were prevented from entering the Irish market last year. More than 33,000 products, including toys and sunglasses, were prevented from entering the Irish market last year amid safety concerns, the consumer watchdog has said. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), working with the Revenue’s Customs Service, examined […]

EU Launches Mobile App To Check SVHC Info On Consumer Products

Patrokles QA Manager recommends that importers and retailers start to collect and manage SVHC Information to meet REACH obligations and avoid penalties – now. Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, or REACH, is a European Union legislation that aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can […]

Food Contact Articles Containing Bamboo Come Under EU Market Surveillance Scrutiny

Composite materials containing bamboo powder and melamine are facing strong headwinds on the EU market. Several issues, including excessive migration of formaldehyde and melamine, misleading advertising and use of potentially non-authorized additives have caught the attention of market surveillance and consumer stakeholders. Recently, there has been increased activity from market surveillance authorities to check food […]

RAPEX 2018 Annual Report – 2,257 Dangerous Product Alerts and 4,050 Follow-up Actions

The European Commission’s 2018 RAPEX Annual Report shows a stabilization in the number of dangerous product reports and follow-up actions for national authorities. The European Commission (EC) has released its 2018 RAPEX annual report. The EC’s 2018 RAPEX Annual Report notes stabilization in the number of notifications and member state follow-up actions. However, market surveillance […]

Industry Guidance on Food Contact Paper Updated

European paper and board manufacturers have released an updated guidance document on how to meet safety standards for paper and board products used in food contact applications. Originally published in 2010 and updated in 2012, “Food Contact Guidelines for the Compliance of Paper and Board Materials and Articles,” provides a methodology for demonstrating the suitability […]

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