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Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) Develop Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) Standards An alliance between Renault and Nissan has developed a new standard for volatile organic compound (VOC) testing of the materials used in vehicle interiors, using the micro-scale chamber method. Mar 08, 2021 Updates
Washington State, U.S., Prohibits PFAS in Certain Food Packaging Washington State has banned PFAS in four specific types of food packaging derived from plant fibers. This ban will become effective in February 2023. Mar 04, 2021 Updates
Update: Sweden Proposes Chemical Tax on Clothing and Footwear in 2022 The Swedish government announced its plans to introduce the chemical tax on clothing and footwear in April 2021, but due to the pandemic, the rollout will be postponed to 2022. Mar 03, 2021 Updates
Hong Kong Revises Standards for Certain Toys and Children’s Products Hong Kong has amended its list of standards for demonstrating compliance with up-to-date safety requirements for toys and children’s products. The new standards will become effective on October 1, 2021. Mar 03, 2021 Updates
EU Sets Limit for PCP Under Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants The EU has set a limit for pentachlorophenol (PCP), its salts and esters under the POP Recast Regulation. The amendment will become effective on March 15, 2021. Mar 02, 2021 Updates
Maine, USA, Publishes Draft List of Food Contact Chemicals of High Concern The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has published its draft list of food contact chemicals of high concern. Comments are accepted until March 10, 2021. Mar 01, 2021 Updates
New Specification for Barrier Face Coverings in the US ASTM Publishes F3502 – Standard Specification for Barrier Face Coverings Feb 23, 2021 Updates
US TPCH Strengthens Model Legislation on Toxics in Packaging The US TPCH has added PFAS and phthalates to its model legislation on packaging. The revised model legislation became effective on February 16, 2021. Feb 23, 2021 Updates
China Releases an Updated Product Standard GB/T 22864-2020 Towels China issued an updated version of its national product standard GB/T 22864-2020 Towels. The revised standard became effective on September 1, 2020. Feb 23, 2021 Updates
China Releases an Updated National Standard GB/T 4146 1-2020 Textiles-Man-made Fibres Part 1: Generic Names China issued an updated version of its national standard GB/T 4146.1-2020 Textiles-Man-made fibres-Part 1: Generic names. The revised standard will become effective on May 1, 2021. Feb 23, 2021 Updates