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By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS provides information on lead release in coffee through coffeemakers

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 5 February 2014, the European Commission published a Decision (1) on the safety requirements for consumer laser products, pursuant to Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on general product safety.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) prohibits the manufacture, importation, advertisement, and sale of non-compliant consumer products in Canada.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”, a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly by California residents in 1986.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 05 February 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published their proposed rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (1).

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
As part of its plan to ensure the safety of hair dye products for human health, the European Commission has adopted Regulation (EU) No 1197/2013, limiting the maximum concentrations of 22 assessed hair dye substances.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 04 February 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published their draft procedure to designate what are high-risk foods that require specific tracing requirements as defined per section 204 of the Food Safety Moderation Act.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The SGS Fimko CB laboratory for testing and assessment of medical equipment in Tampere, opened its doors in January 2013 and received the CBTL status and accreditation at the end of 2013.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 11 May 2006, the Commission adopted a Decision 2006/502/EC requiring Member States to ensure that cigarette lighters are child-resistant when placing on the EU market.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
On 10 February 2014 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published their interim final rule on Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), Quality Factors, Notification Requirements, and Records and Reports, for Infant Formula.

By SGS Industrial Services
SGS was awarded a contract to provide technical supervision services for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project of a fuel terminal in Tapachula, Mexico.

By SGS Industrial Services
From 9-11 April, 2014, SGS will participate in the 2nd International PV Platform in Arad, Romania and exhibit its comprehensive portfolio of photovoltaic services.

By SGS Industrial Services
SGS has received the Project Finance Magazine 2013 Europe Offshore Deal of the Year Award for the Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm project.

By SGS Industrial Services
SGS was awarded a contract to provide risk analysis and reliability study services for the interconnection of emergency systems of satellite and production platforms operated by Pemex Offshore Production and Exploration in Mexico.

By SGS INTRON
SGS INTRON was awarded a contract to develop an ultra-quiet road surface in the Netherlands by Rijkswaterstaat of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
In December 2013, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) published a report entitled “What would a chemical tax on consumer goods look like? - With an example clothes and shoes.”

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS will exhibit at the Toy Fair from February 16-19 in New York City, United States. The SGS International Regulation and Toy Safety experts will also hold a seminar on February 18 during lunch.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
On 14 January 2014 the US FDA published two final guidance documents, Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements from Beverages (1) and Considerations Regarding Substances Added to Foods, Including Beverages and Dietary Supplements (2).

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory standard for Bedside Sleepers (1).

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) (1) has announced an updated amendment to Annex 3 of the Safety and Quality Labeling Standards – Leather Products. The effective date of adoption is December 21, 2013.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
Regulation (EU) No 1321/2013 (1) was published on 10 December 2013 establishing the list of the smoke flavoring primary products authorized to the exclusion of all others in the European Union (EU) for use in or on foods.

By SGS COnsumer Testing Services
The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) have recently agreed on Sweden’s proposal to restrict lead and its compounds in consumer articles that can be placed in the mouth by small children.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
On 24 December 2013 the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) published their proposed rule on mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
According to Recital 10, of EU Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS), the use of the following substances should be considered as a priority for the first review, which must be completed before 22 July 2014.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
From January 29 - February 3, 2014, SGS will be exhibiting at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. The company will answer all technical questions relating to the European Toy Safety Directive.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their products for long-term use.

By SGS Industrial Services
SGS paper addressing the Russian GOST certification standards, entitled “Customs Union - GOST and TR Certificates“, has been successfully published in the Swiss Export Journal.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
The US State of Massachusetts favors a bill to restrict certain flame retardants in children’s products and other consumer products. If eventually approved, the new law would take effect on 1 January 2014.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final notice on 13 November 2013 in Customs Bulletin Vol. 47, No. 45 (1), in regards to the test method for classification of footwear with textile material on the outer sole.

By SGS SA
SGS will host an exclusive breakfast session on food allergen management at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Conference on 28 February 2014 in Anaheim, California, USA.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
The EU has recently expanded the scope of restriction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to plastic and rubber components in articles under REACH (1). The restriction limits are dependent on the nature of the article.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
In order to ensure the safety of hair dye products for human health, the European Commission has adopted REGULATION (EU) No 1197/2013 that limits the maximum concentrations of 22 assessed hair dye substances.

By SGS SA Consumer Testing Services
There are many types of risk that retailers and brands face when dealing with multi-layered supply chains, especially when that risk is multiplied by a large number of different products.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
The Taiwanese Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) has had a safety requirement for textile and apparel products, CNS 15290 – Safety of Textiles (General Requirements), since 2009.

By SGS United Kingdom Ltd
In 2013 Castle Point Motors Ltd, a car service and MOT test centre in Benfleet, Essex, successfully renewed its ISO 9001 Quality Management certification with SGS United Kingdom Ltd.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
SGS Germany hosted an exclusive seminar on the HALT and HASS product reliability testing methods, between October 8 and 9, 2013, in Munich, Germany.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
On 8 November 2013 the US FDA published a measure which will reduce Trans Fat in processed foods. The comment period for this proposal ends on 7 January 2014.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
On 1 November 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a final rule (1) that will update its import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
In June 2013, two new sunglasses testing standards: EN ISO 12312-1:2013 and EN ISO 12311:2013 were published and replace the current standard EN 1836:2005+A1:2007 which will be withdrawn by February 2014.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
Do you know where your products are manufactured? Not just the agent or supplier you are sourcing from, but the actual location where your product or major components can be found?

By SGS Industrial Services
SGS successfully attended the sixth annual International Trade Fair and Conferences for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RENEXPO) in Bucharest, Romania and showcased its comprehensive portfolio of renewable energy services.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Common pathogens like Salmonella spp., Echerichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter spp., traditionally associated with animal products, are increasingly entering the food chain through contaminated fruit and vegetable products.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) include a family of fluorine-containing polymers with high performance properties used to make materials oil, stain and water resistant.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
Greenland recently amended its legislation on food contact materials and articles. The amendments are essentially similar to those already established in the European Union. The new law entered into force on 15 October 2013.

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
Genetically modified food, products and ingredients, are a contentious subject. Safety concerns persist amongst both consumers and some governmentsregarding the consumption of foodstuffs containing GMOs.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
3-Monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) is a food processing contaminant classified as a possible carcinogen for which the tolerable daily intake (TDI) has been set at 2 µg/kg body weight (bw).

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
The new European Union (EU) Biocidal Products Regulation (EC) 528/2012 (BPR) (1) came into effect on 1 September 2013 (2).

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
Since the enactment of California Prop 65 in 1986, there have been numerous lawsuits which resulted in the reduction of carcinogenic and reprotoxic chemicals by reformulations of consumer products containing such chemicals (1).

By SGS Consumer Testing Services
SGS publishes a new complimentary white paper to provide better understanding of the US Food Safety Modernization Act.

By SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on 16 September 2013 (1), that they are seeking public comments on the proposed changes to the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (Wool Rules).




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