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).
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.
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....
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.
The EU has recently updated the list of standards for demonstrating compliance with nickel release under ANNEX XVII of REACH.
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...
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.
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.
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.
The Colombia Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has recently amended its labeling requirements for apparel, footwear and leather goods.
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.
The European Commission launched a public consultation  on a possible restriction of hazardous substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMRs) used in textile articles.
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.
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.
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.
China's Ministry of Finance has recently announced reduced import tariffs for a range of consumer products, including footwear.
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.
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.
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...
The key stakeholders to drive the concept of sustainability are consumers, governments, NGOs, industry leaders, supply chain partners and society in general.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...