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A New EN Standard for Nondomestic Seating: EN 13169:2013    < 2013-05-16 >

A new EN standard was approved by CEN on 12 January 2013, and published as the British Standard under the authority of the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee on 30 April 2013. Since this standard has been given the status of a national standard, any conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by September 2013. Coming into force at the end of August 2013, EN 13169:2013 will supersede both conflicting standards EN 15373:2007 Strength, Durability and Safety Requirements f

Existing Requirement Tightened for Polyamide Kitchenware    < 2013-01-25 >

Pursuant to Sparkle Vol. 558, polyamide kitchenware requires three successive migration tests for primary aromatic amines (PAA) to be carried out for all articles intended for repeated use and only the results of the third test are taken. This is based on the provisions in Directive 2002/72/EC and this rule for testing repeated use articles can be based upon until December 31, 2012. The Challenge: As of January 1, 2013, the rules under Regulation (EU) No.10/2011 will apply. “These provisions

Washington State Proposes Bills Restricting the Use of Flame Retardants in Furniture and Children's Products    < 2013-05-13 >

Washington State has proposed two bills to regulate the use of flame retardants in residential upholstered furniture and children's products. The Challenge 50ppm in any product components. 50ppm identified as a high priority chemical of high concern for children as required under RCW 70.240 children's safe products. Note: 1. "Children's product" includes: *   Toys, children's cosmetics and children's jewelry; *   Any products designed or intended by the manufacturer to help a child

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