Thursday, November 18, 2010

California Proposition 65 Settlement (CP65)

Proposition 65 (Called CP65, P65 or Prop 65) is the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly by Californian residents in November 1986.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program. OEHHA, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), also evaluates all currently available scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list.

Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65 requires usinesses to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical. Over the years, Prop 65 has concluded consent agreements on lead, phthalates and other chemicals on Prop 65 list that were present in a variety of consumer products. In 2009, there were a total of 321 consent agreements with monetary settlement to the tune of $14.6 million. These products have included bibs, key chains, jewelry, cords, bicycles and accessories, aluminum cookware, ceramic ware, glassware, exercise mats, luggage and accessories.

In the first half of 2010, a number of companies have entered into consent agreements under California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) for a variety of consumer products. Some consent agreements have resulted in the establishment of limits for lead, phthalates and 1,4-dioxane as well.

Against Textile and Garment market, Lead is required for some related products (includes Handbags, Purses, Wallets, Footwear* and Belts*) as below requirements by material type:

- Lead in Paint and Surface Coating on accessible components
<= 90ppm (from 1 December 2010)

- Lead in Polyvinyl Chloride PVC (accessible components)
<= 300ppm (from 1 December 2010)
<= 200ppm (from 1 December 2011)

- Lead in Leather / composite leather (assessible components)
<= 600ppm (from 1 December 2010)
<= 300ppm (from 1 December 2011)

- Lead in all other assessible components other than cubic ziconia
<= 300ppm (from 1 December 2010)

* Effective date are extended for 1 year for belts or footwear.

For more details about Prop 65, please browse the below web-sites:

RSL Released by AAFA (Version 7)

In September 2010, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released the most updated seventh version of their Restricted Substances List (RSL).

For the new version of AAFA, the below new National regulations are included:

- South Korea KC Mark
- Vietnam Temporary Regulation Circular No. 32/2009/TT-BCT
- Oregon SB586
- Eighteenth Regulation on the Amendment of the German Ordinance and Commodities of 3rd August 2010

The major changes from Release 6 to Release 7 as below.
1. Arylamines
- Test method changed to EN ISO 17234-1 for leather
- Add test method GB/T 23344-2009 for confirmation of 4-aminoazobenzene

2. Solvents
- Change limit to 0.1% (mass) by "Each" instead of "Total"
- Add Trichloroethylene CAS#79-01-6 to the list

3. Flame Retardants
- Add SB 596 (Oregon with limit 0.1% by weight for DecaBDE)

4.1 Metal - Restrictions for Textiles
- Addition restriction of Lead content (90ppm) with reference to KC mark
- Specify leachable metals contents (Pb, Cr, Hg, As and Cu) for Chinese regulation FZ/T81014:2008
- Change age from "<24>

4.2 Metal - Restrictions for Leather
- Changed German regulation from "LFGB 30" to "Eighteenth Regulation on the Amendment of the German Ordinance on Commodities of 3rd Auguest 2010
- Test method changed to 64 LFGB 82.02.11 (2008)

4.3 Metal - Restrictions for Surface Coatings and Printing
- Updated Lead restricion (90ppm) with reference to CPSIA
- Test method changed to CPSC-CH-E1003-09
- Added Cadmium content limitation (100ppm) to the list by test method EN1122

5. Formaldehyde
- Updated test method ISO 17226 for formaldehyde in leather
- Removed test method DIN 53315

6. Phthalates
- Added test method CPSC-CH-C1001-09