China Proposes to Strengthen Chemical Safety in Consumer Products
SAFE GUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 067/17
The Chinese National Consumer Product Safety Standardization Technical Commission has recently conducted a public consultation for a proposal to restrict chemicals in consumer products. If approved, the standard will restrict 103 chemicals in a wide range of consumer products.
On March 28, 2017, the Chinese National Consumer Product Safety Standardization Technical Commission published an announcement  to launch a 19-day public consultation for a proposal to restrict 103 chemicals in a wide range of consumer products. The requirements for these restricted chemicals are from a variety of national and international standards. These include:
- Chinese national standards (GB and GB/T)
- EN 71-9 relating to organic chemicals in toys
- EN 71-12 relating to n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances in toys
- European legislative requirements Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on REACH, Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on food contact plastics, and Directive 2014/81/EU on bisphenol A (BPA) in toys
- Oeko Tex Standards for textile products
One of the main objectives of this proposal is to strengthen chemical safety in consumer products and to enhance the quality of consumer goods in China. The proposal regulates a comprehensive list of chemicals, including:
- Heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium (VI), lead, mercury and nickel
- Organic chemicals such as alcohols, aldehydes, alkanes, alkenes, amines, asbestos, benzene, BPA, dyes, esters, ethers, haloalkanes, methylbenzene, phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)
- Organometallic compounds such as organotins and salts
The consultation period ended on April 15, 2017. Once the standard is adopted and published, it will become a national standard for chemical safety in consumer products for China. This standard can also be used by competent authorities overseeing the quality and safety of consumer products entering the China market.
A number of restriction examples related to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are summarized in Table 1.