OTTAWA, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) has released the results of a recent crack-down on hazardous chemicals
and substances in toys, with three toys found with lead above acceptable
levels and the products removed from sale nationwide.
The Danish EPA conducted compliance testing against the EU's Restriction
of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) laws on 24 samples of electronic toys. Of
these, three contained lead above the allowed concentration levels.
Following the findings, the Danish EPA said that it plans to continue
with similar enforcement of RoHS legislation in various product categories.
The enforcement campaign was part of a joint action among other Northern
European countries' equivalent enforcement authorities. Similar results to the
Danish Campaign have been found in other Northern European markets regarding
various electronic and electrical products.
The greater government enforcement of product health and safety laws
follows increased media and consumer scrutiny of the amount of chemicals in
consumer products. This, together with moves by some governments to introduce
further new product health and safety laws is placing pressure on product
manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and suppliers to keep up with the cost
and practicality of compliance. For example, new Consumer Product Safety
legislation in the USA (CPSIA) has set very stringent limits, self
declaration, and third party testing requirements for children's products for
lead and phthalates. For manufacturers and brands in Europe supplying parts of
products that may find their way to US shops, this law is relevant in addition
to RoHS, REACH and other laws in-force.
"While many companies are highly attentive to global compliance
requirements of today and tomorrow, many are not" states Torben Norlem, Chief
Counsel of Intertek's Health and Environmental Services
(www.intertek.com/rohs). "Greater enforcement by governments and the passing
of new laws with stricter requirements is increasing the implications and
risks for companies that have not made compliance systems a priority".
"Despite the internationalism of laws and enforcement, the approach to
compliance can still be simple and straightforward and we work with companies
on this basis" explains Norlem. "Compliance is ongoing, and can only be
effectively ensured by reliable independent documentation and verification,
combined with cost effective and targeted testing programs where necessary.
Companies with a sound process of compliance and traceability across their
supply chain are well positioned to handle the pressures of rising global
legislation, enforcement in a more cost and time effective manner in the
About Intertek Health & Environmental Services (www.intertek.com/green)
Intertek Health & Environmental Services offers the complete solution for
health and environmental compliance, providing sound traceability systems and
strict enforcement of due diligence policies. Intertek H&E Services does more
than simply help our clients comply, we give them the competitive advantage
they desire. Intertek H&E Services offers comprehensive services for REACH,
TSCA and California Proposition 65 including on-call consulting, product
testing and analysis, Only Representative services and corporate education
appropriate for all types and levels of business. Intertek H&E's REACH
services provide the necessary legal and technical management of REACH
requirements in the EU, representation in the EU and submission of
REACH-related information to the EU. Intertek Ageus Solutions, a unit of
Intertek Health & Environmental Services, is a leader in global environmental
compliance, consulting, technology services and product stewardship.
About Intertek (www.intertek.com)
Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around
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