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Draft Guidelines for Determining Age Appropriateness of Toys by CPSC

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice March 27, 2018 in Federal Register, (83 FR 13121) to issue draft age determination guidelines.

CPSC revised the current age determination guidelines (version 2002) and issued the new drafted guidelines based on parent toy survey, literature review, and observational study from the Child and Family Research Section staff at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This drafted guideline addresses toys that have come into the market since the last update and provides a better guideline for the industry to help reduce production cost compliance, product related incidents and enforcement actions.

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US State of Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) Publishes Guidance for Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC) Reporting Rule

Note: CHCC applies to Washington and Vermont. If you sell to these areas you must test to this requirement.

In February 2018, DOE published Manufacturer Report Guidance for the Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule. This report provides needed information to the manufacturers for reporting CHCC under the Children’s Safe Product Act (CSPA).

Washington CSPA CHCCs 85 items (non-metals) & (metals)

Vermont  No. 188th Act on Toxic Substances 66 items (non-metals) & (metals)


Canada Opens Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach Regarding Formaldehyde in Composite Wood Products

In August, Canada Environment and Climate Changes opens a consultation on the proposed regulatory approach to reduce the emission of formaldehyde from composite wood products. The regulation is intended to be proposed through Canada Gazette later in 2018.

The proposed regulatory approach aims to reduce formaldehyde exposure from indoor air.

In the proposed regulatory approach, it is required that all composite wood products, including laminated products and finished goods made from composite wood products, comply with emission standards for formaldehyde. The Government of Canada is considering the CSA standard and regulatory approach taken in US and other jurisdictions as models for designing the proposed regulation.