Effective from 1 January 2024, Colorado will prohibit the sale and distribution of carpets and rugs, fabric treatments, food packaging, juvenile products, and oil and gas products containing intentionally added PFAS. This prohibition will also apply to cosmetics, indoor textile furnishings and indoor upholstered furniture effective from 1 January 2025, as well as to outdoor textile furnishings and outdoor upholstered furniture effective from 1 January 2027.
Earlier this month, the EU General Court dismissed an action brought by mainland Chinese ceramic producer, Guangxi Xin Fu Yuan (“GXFY”), against Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/2131 (Case T-144/20). This regulation disapplied individual anti-dumping duty rates applicable to imports into the European Union of ceramic tableware and kitchenware and imposed the residual rate on exporting producers of these products that were deemed to be channelling.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public input by 11 July on a proposal to update the comparability range information on EnergyGuide labels for televisions, refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, room air conditioners (ranges only), clothes washers, furnaces and pool heaters.
The State Administration for Market Regulation recently announced plans to improve the quality of products “through quality-related technical assistance”. Key tasks include resolving quality and safety problems related to consumer goods such as toys, stationery and children’s furniture, as well as hazardous chemicals and industrial goods such as electric wire and cables.
A public consultation ending on 30 June 2022 has been announced by the European Commission, as part of its review of the ecodesign and energy labelling rules pertaining to vacuum cleaners. The Commission wishes to assess whether it is time to include battery-operated and robot vacuum cleaners within the scope of those rules, as well as lay down requirements for materials and the lifetime of vacuum cleaners.
Canadian authorities are proposing to amend the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2016 to establish more stringent energy efficiency standards as well as updated energy test procedures for five major household appliances: refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers and clothes dryers.