In this edition of the Weekly Compliance Digest, we cover a draft standard in China to strengthen chemical safety in consumer products.
Draft Standard on Safety Requirements for Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products
What is it?
Last month, the Chinese National Consumer Product Safety Standardization Technical Commission conducted a public consultation on a proposal to restrict the use of 103 chemical substances in a range of consumer products. The requirements for these restricted chemicals are from a variety of national and international standards. The main objectives of the proposed standard are to strengthen chemical safety in consumer products and increase the quality of consumer goods in China.
Who is affected?
The draft standard affects domestic and foreign manufacturers, importers and distributors that place the following type of products on the Chinese market:
- Textiles and clothes
- Children’s products, including toys
- Household appliances
- Information technology equipment
- Furnishing and decoration material
The draft standard does not affect government specially-supervised products, such as food, medicine, cosmetics, tobacco, special equipment, aircraft, ships, and military products.
What are the provisions?
The draft standard regulates the use in consumer products of 103 chemicals, including:
- Heavy metals, such as cadmium, chromium (VI), lead, mercury and nickel
- Organic chemicals, such as alcohols, aldehydes, alkanes, alkenes, amines, asbestos, benzene, BPA, dyes, esters, ethers, haloalkanes, methylbenzene, phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)
- Organometallic compounds, such as organotins and salts
The usage restrictions and safety requirements of the substances are based on the following regulations and standards:
- Existing Chinese national standards (GB and GB/T) on consumer products
- EU REACH Regulation
- EU Regulation 10/2011 on food contact plastics
- EU Directive 2014/81/EU on bisphenol A (BPA) in toys
- European standard EN 71-9 on organic chemical compounds in toys
- European standard EN 71-12 on n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances in toys
- OEKO-TEX Standard 100-2017 on textile products
What is next?
The draft standard was published on March 28, 2017 and a consultation period ended on April 15, 2017. When the standard is adopted and published, it will become a Recommended National Standard (GB/T) (as opposed to a GB standard, which is a mandatory standard) for chemical safety in consumer products for China. Competent authorities overseeing the quality and safety of consumer products entering China will also be able to use the standard.
Here are webpages with more information:
- China Issues Draft Standard on Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products (from ChemADVISOR)
- China Proposes to Strengthen Chemical Safety in Consumer Products (from SGS)
- China Publishes Draft Standard on Safety Requirements for Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products (from Compliance and Risks)
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