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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.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of RF Technologies Ltd., in Yokohama, Japan.

By SGS - Consumer Testing Services
On 19 June 2014, SGS will be presenting a complimentary webinar recap of recent changes regarding the EU toy safety standards.

By sgs - consumer testing services
On 17 April 2014 the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) released the 2013 Food Safety Progress Report. US CDC reports that limited progress has been made to reduce foodborne illness in the US.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 28 March 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) made available their third edition of the draft guidance on Prior Notice on Imported Foods.

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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.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Canada has announced a Regulatory Initiative to amend the Children’s Jewelry Regulations. A 75-day period for public comments is expected to take place during the Fall of 2014.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Canada has announced a Regulatory Initiative to amend the Consumer Products Containing Lead (Contact with Mouth) Regulations. A 75-day period for public comments is expected to take place during the Fall of 2014.

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
SGS is proud to announce the upcoming opening of its new wireless testing facility in Branchburg, New Jersey, USA.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 25 July 2014, the American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM) released a new safety specification for Infant/Toddler Rockers, which establishes requirements, test methods and marking for the safe use by both the occupant and caregiver.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS has established a new textile testing laboratory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one of the important textile and garment manufacturing sites in the region.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 14 July, 2014 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an open letter (1) notifying manufacturers, importers, and retailers of holiday seasonal lighting and that they are on notice of safety related concern for their products.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 11 June 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) (1) for a safety standard for sling carriers, designated 16 CFR 1228, in compliance with the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.

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
The European Commission harmonizes toy safety standards EN 71-1:2011 +A3:2014 and EN 71-2:2011 +A1:2014

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
Directive 2014/63/EU of the European Parliament was published in the Official Journal and defines pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient.

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
On 29 May 2014, South Africa published draft amendments to the Food Labeling regulations R429 with comments period open until 29 August 2014.

By S.G.S
(LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, 27 JUNE 2014)Following the publication of the ISO/DIS 9001 version in May, SGS has introduced a new training course ‘Introduction to ISO/DIS 9001:2015’.

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 SGS Consumer Testing Services
Most of the major world governments and organizations, such as the World Health Organization have studied the effects of heavy metals, primarily lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic on human health.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The European Commission has published the Commission Regulation (EU) No 488/2014 of 12 May 2014 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of cadmium in foodstuffs.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Enter the Customs Union toy market with confidence. New harmonized standards, in force since July 2012, standardize safety requirements for all toy products.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 8 May 2014, the Governor of Vermont signed Vermont Bill H. 112 Labeling of Food Produced with Genetic Engineering. This bill was passed by the Vermont legislation on 23 April 2014.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Footwear manufacturing is one of the world’s oldest and most globalized industries. For various types of shoes, such as Oxfords, derby, high-heels, sneakers, sandals and athletic shoes etc., different materials and processes may apply.

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.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Allergenic fragrances are under the spotlight as Europe’s IDEA project seeks to build on SCCS recommendations on the individual labeling and prohibition of certain natural and synthetic substances in cosmetic products.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of RF Technologies Ltd., in Yokohama, Japan.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 10 April 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published a final rule withdrawing 19 new animal drug applications, 16 of which are antimicrobials for use in animal feeds for food-producing animals.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
EU gives special attention to mutagenic, toxic or carcinogenic substances in medical devices.

By SGS - Consumer Testing Services
On 19 June 2014, SGS will be presenting a complimentary webinar recap of recent changes regarding the EU toy safety standards.

By sgs - consumer testing services
On 17 April 2014 the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) released the 2013 Food Safety Progress Report. US CDC reports that limited progress has been made to reduce foodborne illness in the US.



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