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California Phase Out of Perchloroethlyene in Dry Cleaning – an update
11 Feb 2022 Softlines
In January 2007, CARB approved amendments to the Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Emissions of Perchloroethylene (Perc) from Dry Cleaning Operations and the adoption of requirements for Perc manufacturers and distributors. The amendments will phase out the use of Perc dry cleaning machines and related equipment by January 1, 2023 .
Maine, USA, Issues List of Food Contact Chemicals of High Concern
04 Feb 2022 Hardgoods
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced its first list of food contact chemicals of high concern and a notice of enforcement discretion on the prohibition of phthalates in food packages.
Canada Issues Guidance for Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations
03 Feb 2022 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines
Health Canada has announced a guideline to assist stakeholders with safety requirements under the Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations. The guidance contains examples of products for each of the five categories of consumer goods.
New York State, USA, Revises Ban on Flame Retardants in Certain Goods
31 Jan 2022 Hardgoods, Electrical and Electronics
Revisions to New York State’s new law on flame retardants in upholstered furniture, mattresses and electronic enclosures include limiting the scope of flame retardants in electronic display enclosures and displays for annual reporting, as well as new compliance dates.
Japan – Revision of Designated Term for Textile Products under Household Goods Quality Labeling Act
31 Jan 2022 Softlines
The designated term “acrylic” under the Household Goods Quality Labeling Act (Appendix 6 of the Textile Regulations) has been revised to “modacrylic” for acrylic type fiber with a mass ratio of acrylonitrile of 85% or less. The enforcement date is January 1, 2022, with a transition period until December 31, 2022.
EU – SVHC Candidate List Updated to Include 223 Entries
27 Jan 2022 Hardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Automotive, Electrical Medical Devices, Personal and Protective Equipment
On January 17, 2022, the ECHA added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List. The addition of these new SVHCs brings the total number of entries to 223.