Flammability of Children’s Costumes – is new legislation required?

Parents should be careful when buying costumes for their children. The shocking news of the serious burns suffered by Claudia Winkleman’s daughter after her Halloween costume caught fire indicates that reform of the legal standards covering these products should be seriously considered. According to the CTSI, 32 RAPEX notifications regarding chemical and flammability hazards relating…

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New Standard – BS 6375-1:2015 Performance of windows and doors. Classification for weathertightness and guidance on selection and specification

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has released a new performance standard for windows and doors. BS 6375-1 is one of many important standards for those working to improve the performance of windows and doors. It provides guidance to the specifier and the manufacturer of windows and external doors on anappropriate level of weathertightness for the…

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A TRG Event – Own-Brand and Private Label products – effective management of reputational and regulatory risk

Join top industry experts, from leading UK retailers and international distributors, for a day long practical workshop on managing the business-critical risks carried by own brand products. The workshop will address questions such as: What are the associated reputational and regulatory risks? Who influences the size of those risks? What is the responsibility of supply…

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Which products have been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the market in the EU in the last week (Published on: 24/04/2015)

In its weekly overview of its Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX), the EU has produced the following report) on the products that have recently been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the European market. The RAPEX system covers non-food products posing a risk to consumer health and safety, and highlights the commercial importance of product…

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US firms ‘fail’ in conflict mineral disclosures, European proposals fail to live up to expectations

Nearly 80 per cent of U.S. public companies analysed by human rights groups are failing to adequately check and disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals from Central Africa, a new report by Amnesty International and Global Witness has revealed. Under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act firms must now submit annual reports to US regulators detailing…

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New Biocides Guidance document

The ECHA has published a new guidance document for the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), Volume IV Environment, Part B Risk assessment for active substances. The Guidance provides technical advice on how to perform the hazard and exposure assessment and risk characterisation for biocidal active substances with respect to environmental risk assessment.

Upcoming Restriction on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrcarbons (PAH)

From December 27, 2015 restrictions come into force on eight PAHs in articles made from plastic and rubber which come into direct, prolonged or short term repetitive skin contact.   What is the regulation? Commission Regulation (EU) No 1272/2013 published in official journal of European Union on 07 Dec 2013, amended Annex XVII to Regulation…

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Which products have been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the market in the EU in the last week (Published on: 03/04/2015)

In its weekly overview of its Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX), the EU has produced the following report on the products that have recently been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the European market. The RAPEX system covers non-food products posing a risk to consumer health and safety, and highlights the commercial importance of product…

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Government investigation confirms fears about Chinese plywood

A recent government study into imported Chinese plywood concluded that many such products represent a significant inherent supply chain risk. Plywood imported from China is often originally sourced in high-risk areas in Africa and Papua New Guinea. Concerns were raised by trade bodies and NGO groups regarding the importation of tropical timbers into China for…

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Which products have been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the market in the EU in the last week (Published on: 27/03/2015)

In its weekly overview of its Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX), the EU has produced the following report on the products that have recently been withdrawn, recalled or banned from the European market. The RAPEX system covers non-food products posing a risk to consumer health and safety, and highlights the commercial importance of product…

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