Understanding Promotrade2Asia product safety and testing
Promotrade2Asia are rigorous in its testing of products that are produced in China and distributed around the world. We work closely with distributors to ensure that they can rest assured that goods gain appropriate requested certification and comply with the legislation of the relevant countries. By identifying problems, initiating corrective action and ensuring shipping dates are met. By using Promotrade2asia you will be safeguarding your company against recalls, rework, or returns.
For chemical and safety testing we use the services of a well established third party specialist that carries in-depth testing and offers full detailed reporting.
We have listed some of the common standards and legislation that can regulate products globally..
A. CPSIA Compliance
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) imposed testing requirements and new acceptable levels for several substances common in most consumer products, especially those designed for children, ages 0-12.
The main elements of the Act relate to:
- Rigorous restrictions on phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastic) in children's toys.
- Rigorous lead restrictions for children's products (90 ppm in paint and other surface coatings, 300 ppm in substrates; to be reduced to 100 ppm by August 2011).
- Compulsory third-party testing by accredited laboratories specifically for lead (in paint and metallic jewelry), and generally on cribs, pacifiers, small parts, bicycles, bicycle helmets, rattles, bunk beds, etc. – with more to come.
- All third-party chemical testing must be integrated into a reasonable testing plan. We can help you to determine how many samples should be tested in order for the testing plan to be considered as reasonable.
- Associations and consumers are campaigning more and more in favor of the elimination or restriction of chemicals used in all industries.
B. REACH EU Regulations and Compliance Directives
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
Examples or restrictive substances
- Types of phthalates for toys and more for when the toy can be placed in the mouth by children
- Nickel found in metal products that may come into contact with skin
- Dimethylfumarate and AZO colorants in clothing and textiles
Substances of Very High Concern
- Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR)
- Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) or very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB)
- Substances identified from scientific evidence on individual cases causing probable serious effects to human health.
C. The Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995 Implementing Council Directive 88/378/EEC.
D. Products (Safety) Regulations Act 2004
D. The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.
E. Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive or RoHS adopted by the EU in 2006
F. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC
The RoHS directive took effect on 1 July 2006, and is required to be enforced and become law in each member state. This directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic e-waste.
In addition to testing on current products, bespoke merchandise products produced through Promotrade2asia can be batch tested by an independent certified testing agency to insure that our products are in compliance with European EN71 and European RoHS Standards. Test results would then be available upon request.