REACH SVHC list includes substances used in the footwear industry.
Fri11.03.1610:07

EU Report Outlines Guidelines for Footwear Components

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published PD CEN/TR 16417:2016 with guidelines regarding the presence of certain chemicals known as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).

 

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New CEN standards on slide fasteners improve on existing national and international rules.
Wed09.03.1608:58

EN 16732 Outlines New Specs for Slide Fasteners

European Standards bodies published a new specification for slide fasteners (zips): EN 16732. Based on BS 3084, the standard gives greater quality assurance to all users, domestic and commercial.

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Interior fabrics as well as clothing items and other textiles subject to NPE limits.
Tue08.03.1608:49

EU to Limit NPEs in Textile Products

On January 14, 2016, the European Commission published a regulation in the Official Journal of the EU to restrict the use of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in textile articles and to amend Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No....

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Local law governing toys and children’s products revised in Rockland County, NY.
Tue01.03.1610:48

Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products No Longer Strictly Prohibited

The local ‘Toxic Toys’ law has been amended in Rockland County, New York, by eliminating the strict prohibition of 7 chemicals in children’s apparel and children’s products. The new law will take effect on February 21, 2016.

 

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Test method standards for nickel release under EU’s REACH have been harmonized.
Fri26.02.1609:32

Nickel Tests in REACH Annex XVII Undergo Update

The EU has recently updated the list of standards for demonstrating compliance with nickel release under ANNEX XVII of REACH.

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Vietnamese national technical standard restricts using heavy metals in food contact materials.
Mon01.02.1608:45

Vietnam Publishes Technical Standard for Food Contact Glass, Ceramic, Porcelain and Enameled Products

Vietnam has recently published a circular announcing the use of a national technical standard for the restriction of heavy metals in glass, ceramic, porcelain and enameled products intended to come into contact with food. This...

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Reformulation of DEHP in Consumer Products Containing Stipulated by California Proposition 65
Fri29.01.1608:26

Settlements Under California Proposition 65 Call for Reformulation of Consumer Products Containing DEHP – Part 2

A number of Prop 65 settlements involving DEHP have been reached for a wide variety of products. The parties in these settlements agreed to reformulate DEHP to certain concentrations; some also allow the use of a Prop 65 warning.

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Thu14.01.1612:07

SGS and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) Take on Global Labor Standards

In order to raise global labor conditions, the world’s leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, and manufacturers have partnered with third-party testing firms.

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Fri08.01.1610:36

SGS Partners with H&M for Hazardous Substance Control (HSC) Workshop to Promote the Goal of Zero Discharge

SGS teams up with H&M and their suppliers by providing a Hazardous Substance Control (HSC) Workshop (1) for professionals in textile production.

 

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Footwear, apparel and leather goods affected by revised label requirements in Colombia.
Mon28.12.1515:56

Labeling Requirements on Apparel, Footwear and Leather Goods Updated in Colombia

The Colombia Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has recently amended its labeling requirements for apparel, footwear and leather goods.

 

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Mexico imposes new requirements for textile labels.
Tue22.12.1513:09

Textile Labeling Standards Revised by Mexican Ministry of Economy

A resolution from the Ministry of Economy published in the official journal on September 3rd, 2015 has amended the official Mexican standard for the labeling of apparel and textile articles.

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Hazardous substances in textiles being considered for restrictions by EU consultation.
Mon21.12.1515:51

EU Public Consultation Targets Hazardous Substances in Textiles

The European Commission launched a public consultation [1] on a possible restriction of hazardous substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMRs) used in textile articles.

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GPSD update includes some standards never before published in the Official Journal of the EU.
Fri11.12.1516:25

EU General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) Gets an Update

The list of standards for demonstrating presumption of conformity with the GPSD has been published. This list includes a number of standards published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for the first time.

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Steps toward furthering international standard compliance made in the Indian footwear and leather industry.
Fri04.12.1514:08

SGS India Ensures Quality Standards in the Footwear and Leather Industry

The SGS state-of-art footwear and leather goods laboratory in India offers customers an integrated and unique package for world-class testing, audits and inspection all under one roof.

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Expansion of Southeast Asia Network of Testing Centers by SGS to support the growing apparel industry.
Thu03.12.1512:15

SGS Testing Centers Support Southeast Asia’s Apparel Industry Boom

Southeast Asia continues to see rapid growth in the apparel industry. As production and exports increase, quality assurance networks such as those operated by SGS are called on to provide necessary testing and support.

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Wed02.12.1513:38

China Footwear Labs’ Extensive Coverage Serves to Boost the Chinese Domestic Market.jpg

China's Ministry of Finance has recently announced reduced import tariffs for a range of consumer products, including footwear.

 

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European Standard for eye and face protection updated
Fri27.11.1514:55

European Standard for Eye and Face Protection, Including Sunglasses and Related Eyewear, Amended

The European standard EN ISO 12312-1:2013, Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear, now EN ISO 12312-1:2013 AMD 1 2015, has been amended and aligns EN ISO 12312-1 with ISO 12312-1.

 

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SGS materials testing for clothing and apparel
Thu12.11.1515:07

Looking at Safety in Clothing and Apparel for the Holidays

This walk through an imaginary holiday serves to highlight just some of the many considerations that must be given to any item of footwear or bags before they can be sold.

 

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New California labeling law for chiefly domestic products
Wed21.10.1508:56

California Passes “Made in USA” Labeling Rule

On 1st September 2015, the governor of the State of California signed Senate Bill 633 (1) into law. The new law loosens California’s restrictive “Made in USA” labeling requirements to align more closely with the US federal...

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Fri21.08.1513:07

SGS Informs on Key Drivers of Sustainability in the Footwear Industry

The key stakeholders to drive the concept of sustainability are consumers, governments, NGOs, industry leaders, supply chain partners and society in general.

 

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Textile material for main components on shoe labels in Turkey
Fri14.08.1509:47

New Labeling Requirements on Footwear Components in Turkey

The new labeling requirements on materials used in footwear components for sale to the consumer were published in the Turkish Official Journal No. 29337 on 25 April 2015.

 

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Disclosure of Labeling Requirements for Textiles according to COMIECO
Wed12.08.1509:09

COMIECO Approves Central American Labeling Regulation for Textile Products

Approval by the Council of Ministers of Economy and Trade of Central America of the Technical Regulation RTCA 59.01.08:12 for the Labeling Requirements of Textiles and Textile Products.

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New water pollution law for textile processes to reduce industrial pollution in China
Mon10.08.1509:10

New Water Pollutant Discharge Standard for the Chinese Textile Industry

GB 4287-2012 is used to implement the law and regulation, protect the environment, prevent pollution and improve the production of dyeing and finishing in the textile industry and improve pollution control technology.

 

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Mon20.07.1512:04

Silicone as New Base Solvent for Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning is a process for removing soils and stains from fabric and garments using special equipment and a non-aqueous organic solvent with detergent added.

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Korea seeks to improve product safety in textiles and leather goods with new requirements.
Wed15.07.1511:00

Textile and Leather Products Subject to New Industrial Standards for Determination of Restricted Substances in Korea

Korean industrial standards KS K 0733, KS K 0736 and KS K 0737 for determination of chlorinated phenols, allergenic disperse dyes and organotin content in textiles and/or leather products have been released by the Korean...

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