AAFA RELEASES 18TH EDITION OF RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES LIST

On the 16th of March the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released the 18th edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL) the industry’s chemical management resource for banned or restricted chemicals and substances in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products around the world. The list is available for all industry professionals Updated

RASFF STATISTICS (FEBRUARY 2017)

February 2017 the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) sent 5 validated notifications about disqualified FCM (food contact materials) products originated from China through the system. The notifying states include Italy and Spain. Table wares and kitchen wares are still the main kinds of notified products. The problem is mainly concentrated on the

ANALYSIS OF RECALL CASES FOR APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR — FEBRUARY 2017

European Union The EU RAPEX system notified 12 cases in which 42% were notified because of the risk of strangulation or other injuries. 5 children’s apparel do not comply with the drawstring regulation. 1 children’s apparel was notified because it poses a risk of choking and contains small parts which can easily detach and be swallowed

CTI EARNS THE FIRST GROUP EU MRV ACCREDITATION CERTIFICATE FROM UKAS

Centre Testing International Pinbiao, (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, Trading as Shenzhen CTI International Certification Co. Ltd, a part of Centre Testing International Group Co., Ltd. has been awarded accreditation by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of carbon dioxide emissions compliance concerning ships’ monitoring… plans

RECALL ANALYSIS FOR APPAREL AND FOOTWEAR — JAN. 2017

European UnionEU RAPEX systems notified 11 cases in which 36% were notified because of strangulation or injuries hazard. These 4 children’s apparel do not comply drawstring regulation. 1 children’s apparel was notified because they pose a risk of choking and contain small parts which can easily detach and be swallowed by small children. In chemical

RESULTS OF CHINA MARKET TEXTILE AND FOOTWEAR SPOT CHECKS IN JAN. 2017

In January the administrations for industry and commerce and bureau of quality and technical supervision issued the results of apparel, home textile, bag, footwear quality supervision. This spot check was conducted according to GB 18401-2010 ‘National general safety technical code for textile products’ , GB 5296.4-2012 ‘Instruction for use of products of consumer interest-Part 4:

THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OF THE PEOPLE`S REPUBLIC OF CHINA APPROVED SOME INDUSTRY STANDARDS RELEVANT TO CASES, BAGS AND LEATHER GOODS INCLUDING THE QB/T 5082-2017 LAPTOP BAG

On the 20th of January 2017 the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People`s Republic of China has issued the second bulletin of 2017, which approved 106 light industry standards, including 7 standards relevant to cases, bags and leather goods. Detailed information can be found in the following table. No Standard Code Standard            Name