USA: Washington State passes the Flame Retardant Bill into law
The Governor of the State of Washington passed the House Bill 2545 to reduce exposure of toxic flame retardants in certain consumer products, like upholstered furniture, that particularly impact children and firefighters.
The amendment of the bill includes definitions, licensing procedure and tagging requirements. In this article, we highlight some notable changes in this act. This amendment will come into force on 10 May 2016.
France: France market surveillance targets heavy metals in food contact ceramics
The French Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) has been targeting migration of heavy metals such as lead and cadmium in ceramic materials and articles.
EU: Second progress report of SVHC Roadmap is now available
ECHA has published the report on the progress of SVHC Roadmap to 2020, summarising activities of substances screening, data generation and assessment, risk management option analysis (RMOA) in 2015 and planned activities in 2016.