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By SGS Consumer Testing Services
In November, Cosmoprof Asia, the most prestigious and trendsetting beauty event in Asia, was held in Hong Kong and attracted some 60,000 visitors from 124 countries.
By SGS Industrial Services
World Pipelines magazine features an SGS PfiNDE article on use of ultrasonic inspection technology, which helped a pipeline company to locate and remove a large sediment blockage, disrupting the company’s operations.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 27 August 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published Draft KDB 640677 concerning clarifications around the testing requirements for lighting devices.
By SGS Industrial Services
SGS will exhibit its wide range of industrial supply chain services at POWER-GEN 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Xavier Vital, SGS’s US-based Global Ecodesign Manager, will lead stakeholders and industry experts in a workshop at this year’s Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, 10 November, in Hong Kong.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
In April 2008, the British Standards for writing and marking instruments, BS 7272-1:2008 and BS 7272-2:2008 were published by BSI.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
During Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) annual meeting, attended by 170 countries, the European Union and 30 international governmental and non-governmental organizations had set a maximum standard for arsenic in rice.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
In 2000 the European Commission published the original ‘Blue Guide’ as guidance to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and Global Approach.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 26 June 2014 two Representatives from the US congress announced the introduction of a Bill being titled “The Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act of 2014”. (1)
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) annual report 2013 (1) presents the market surveillance activities related to food and feedstuff (2), including food contact materials (FCM).
By SGS Industrial Services
SGS was awarded a contract by Braskem, one of the world’s largest petrochemical companies, to conduct electrical and instrumentation maintenance, and calibration of valves to enable the company to expand its operations in southern Brazil.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 2 June 2014, Commission Regulation (EU) No. 589/2014 was implemented, laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS, the world’s largest independent inspection, verification, testing and certification service provider announces new accreditation for photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturers to obtain the CB Certificate according to the related IEC standards.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) annual report 2013 notifies on an all-time high for pathogenic microorganisms in food.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 9 May 2014 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously voted (3 to 0) to approve the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Frame Child Carriers codified under US 16 CFR parts 1112 and 1230.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Commission Regulation (EU) No 497/2014 authorizes the use of Advantame in several categories of food, including confectionery, bakery products, flavored drinks and sauces.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Since the last publication of RoHS exemptions in January 2014, the European Commission added more RoHS exemptions to Annex III and IV in May. This time 8 exemptions were published.
By S.G.S
“Implementing a robust Energy Management System to the requirements of ISO 50001 can improve energy performance, reduce costs and help meet ESOS requirements,” says Terry Coyle, Product Manager for ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems), SGS United...
By S.G.S
SGS expert Richard Skipsey will join a high profile list of government and industry figures speaking at the Cyber Essentials event in London on 24 June, 2014.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 23 April 2014 the Government of Canada amended the Food and Drug Regulations for food products labeled with Halal claims.

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By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Popularity of smartphone applications – or ‘apps’ - has increased explosively. Among the implemented functionality, more and more medical device features have started to creep in.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 31 December 2014, the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) issued their final rule for the labeling of raw meat and poultry products with added solutions.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
From the 23 November 2014 a revised version of EN 71-1:2014 ‘physical and mechanical properties” is made available by CEN. The standard is officially published and implementation by national standards organizations will be latest by 31 May 2015.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS will exhibit at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in Germany from 28 January to 2 February 2015 in Hall 11.1, Booth E-03, F-04.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
In November 2014, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published the revised European standard EN 1466:2014 concerning carry cots and stands, replacing standard EN 1466:2004+A1:2007.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 14 November 2014, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) published their proposed guidance to assess the vulnerabilities for food fraud*.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The US FDA announced that the final rules for the “Nutritional Labeling of Standard Menu in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments” and “Calories labeling of Articles of food in Vending Machines” were published on 1 December 2014
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Consumer driven economies abound, which is good news for retailers, manufacturers and brand owners, as well as criminals and fraudsters. How can the consumer goods industry protect itself from unscrupulous operators within the supply chain?
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On November 4, 2014, the people of Oregon and Colorado voted for mandatory labeling of foods produced from genetically modified organisms (GMO).
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 25 September 2014, the European Commission (1) announced that it is asking the European Union Court to fine Greece for inadequate management of hazardous waste.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
In November, Cosmoprof Asia, the most prestigious and trendsetting beauty event in Asia, was held in Hong Kong and attracted some 60,000 visitors from 124 countries.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Olive oil is one of the most frequently economically adulterated food products. Therefore, it is no surprise that there are concerns that a fresh wave of adulteration is on the way.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 18 November 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published their sixth edition of the food facility registration guidance (1). The major change in the guidance involves the proposed definition of farm.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Footwear products sold in China must conform to the requirements set out in QB/T 2673-2004 which covers details to be contained both on the footwear and associated hangtags and retail packaging.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Effective 10 November 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services determined that a genetically engineered potato developed for low acrylamide potential received a non-regulated status (1).
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is proposing a restriction on manufacturing, use and placing on the market (as a substance, a constituent of other substances, or in mixtures) bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decaBDE).
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 11 November 2014, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to allow member nations to ban genetically modified (GM) crops from their soil, even if they are given approval to be grown within the European Union.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
A notice published on 30 October 2014 in the French Official Journal reminds the General Obligation of Safety applicable to cot bumpers in France (art. L221-1 of the French Consumer Code). (1)
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The European Commission adopted a regulation that restricts the use of butyl and propyl parabens in leave-on cosmetic products designed for application on the nappy area of children below the age of three years.
By SGS Industrial Services
World Pipelines magazine features an SGS PfiNDE article on use of ultrasonic inspection technology, which helped a pipeline company to locate and remove a large sediment blockage, disrupting the company’s operations.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 27 August 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published Draft KDB 640677 concerning clarifications around the testing requirements for lighting devices.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS publishes a new complimentary white paper on the proliferation, regulation and mitigation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in consumer products and supply chains.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS publishes a new complimentary white paper on understanding, monitoring and meeting the differing global maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides in food and feed products.
By SGS Industrial Services
SGS will exhibit its wide range of industrial supply chain services at POWER-GEN 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
By SGS Industrial Services
SGS’s safety performance on multiple NDT contracts has been recognized by Nestoil, Nigeria’s leading EPCC firm, with the presentation of a Safety Award.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expanded the recognized testing and certification scope of SGS North America for Household, Lighting, and Industrial Control Panels.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
As part of its market surveillance activities, the FCC has uncovered last year a company that marketed digital cameras and wireless devices on the US market without having been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
India becomes one of the first countries in the world to mandate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending under the statuary provision of the Companies Act, 2013.
By SGS Industrial Services
Our new project management service helps the construction industry adopt Building Information Modeling (BIM) and manage the flow and quality of information.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 24 September 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved, by a vote of 4-0, a final rule to address the risk of injury associated with sets of high-powered magnets (1).
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS is proud to announce the inauguration of a new Pesticides Maximum Residue Limits Laboratory in Mombasa, Kenya.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS to hold a seminar on juvenile and childcare products regulation updates on 20 November 2014 in Aix-en-Provence, France.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Everything professionals need to know about the EU chemical requirements.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
WHO Europe European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020 (1) recommends that the European Union member states “develop and implement national policies to ban or virtually eliminate trans fat from the food supply”.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 10 September 2014, the EU published Commission Recommendation 2014/661 related to the monitoring of the presence of 2- and 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol, 2-and 3-MCPD fatty acid esters and glycidyl fatty acid esters in feed and food products (1)
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
A report by the global food source monitoring company Food Sentry ranked ‘excessive or illegal pesticide contamination’ as the number one risk to consumers from the 3,400 verified worldwide instances of food safety violations in 2013 (1).
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
After 30 years of consolidation and amendment, the EU is implementing the first major revision of its food labeling rules for a generation; EU Regulation 1169/2011 will apply to all food products from 13 December 2014.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 19 September 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) released to the public the changes in four of the core Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. (1)
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Xavier Vital, SGS’s US-based Global Ecodesign Manager, will lead stakeholders and industry experts in a workshop at this year’s Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, 10 November, in Hong Kong.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published a revised toy report NPR-CEN/TR 15071: National translations of warnings and instructions for use in EN 71 series: 2014.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS provides an overview to help actors of the cosmetics and beauty industries understand the EU Cosmetic Product Safety Report.
By SGS Industrial Services
SGS has been awarded a contract to support the USD 2.9 Billion Mexico City-Toluca rail project.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of Courtray Consulting SARL, a leading provider of performance testing, validation and expertise services in the global hygiene disposable industry.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) were responsible for the recall of nearly 160,000kg of Chilean chicken entering the US, and the banning of the plastic toy named ‘Shrilling Chicken’ by two European countries.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Product recalls, the management practice of last resort, fluctuate from year to year. Related notifications increased again in 2013 in the US, but bucking the recent global trend, notifications in the EU fell by 8.8%.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Safety, efficacy and confidence are crucial to consumers in the disposable hygiene sector. Quality assurance and performance testing ensures that products in everyday use are strong, flexible and reliable.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Most food exporters, importers, manufacturers, packers, distributors, food service operators and retailers have recall programs to remove from the marketplace products that have some form of hazard.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS will participate as an exhibitor at MEDICA 2014, taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, November 15–23. Thanks to its strengthened position in the Medical Devices industry, SGS will present at MEDICA 2014 an expanded inspection.
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Effective from 21 August 2014, Canada requires all mechanically tenderized beef to be clearly labeled as “mechanically tenderized” and include instructions for safe cooking. (1)
By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced on 5 August 2014 that they are allowing a higher level of tomato lycopene extract and concentrate colorant in ready to eat/processed meat.


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