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Accelerated Seed Testing for North American Cross-Border Exports

SGS Canada’s laboratory in Sherwood Park, Alberta now compliments the seed testing and sampler services of the SGS flagship US laboratory in Brookings, South Dakota, which have both been officially accredited by the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA). The ISTA accreditation strengthens our commitment to seed quality evaluation and innovation, further strengthening our position as… Continue reading Accelerated Seed Testing for North American Cross-Border Exports

SGS Announces the Acquisition of Brightsight, the World’s Leading Cybersecurity Evaluation Laboratory Network for Chip-Based Security Products

Brightsight is an independent network of laboratories located in the Netherlands (its largest laboratory and headquarters is based in Delft), Spain (Barcelona), China (Beijing) and France (Aix-en-Provence). Brightsight’s product range includes bank cards, mobile payment systems, payment terminals, electronic identity solutions (e.g. electronic passports) and secure embedded platforms for the Internet of Things. As an… Continue reading SGS Announces the Acquisition of Brightsight, the World’s Leading Cybersecurity Evaluation Laboratory Network for Chip-Based Security Products

ISO 9001:2015 Unchanged, Next Revision ISO 9001:2030

In 2020, TC176/SC2 (the committee responsible for revising the standard) conducted a user survey to find out what should be changed in the standard. Based on the survey response, it was decided to leave ISO 9001:2015 unchanged. Typically the standard gets revised every 6 to 8 years. This was quite a surprise that the standard… Continue reading ISO 9001:2015 Unchanged, Next Revision ISO 9001:2030

Georgia Regulates Lead in Certain Paints

SAFEGUARDS | HardgoodsNO. 053/21   On April 5, 2021, the Government of Georgia published Resolution No. 148 of April 2, 2021 ‘On Approving the Technical Regulation on Lead Content in Paints’ (Technical Regulation) to regulate lead and its compounds in paints/varnishes for construction applications. The provisions in the Technical Regulation include, inter alia, the following:… Continue reading Georgia Regulates Lead in Certain Paints

Toy Updates: April 2021

EC Type Examinations for Toys EU toy safety directive 2009/48/EC provides the option to request an EC type examination. In this issue we answer three key questions: What is an EC type examination for toys? When is an EC type examination needed for toys? How can you apply for an EC type examination? What is… Continue reading Toy Updates: April 2021

What Causes A Bad QMS/ISO 9001 Implementation (Reason 2)

This is a follow-up on What Causes A Bad Factory QMS Implementation? [Reason 1], as I expose a few common issues that make a factory’s work much harder than it should be. If you are starting to work on a program to raise product quality in your factory, you may want to set a goal… Continue reading What Causes A Bad QMS/ISO 9001 Implementation (Reason 2)

Importing from China: A Guide on EN 71 and Toy Safety

No matter what the conditions are around the world, no matter how volatile the demand is for consumer products, there’s one category of products that will always remain in demand: toys. A child’s best friend, toys have continued to and will be continued to be in demand no matter what the circumstances. It’s a sure-shot… Continue reading Importing from China: A Guide on EN 71 and Toy Safety

Ukraine Strengthens Chemical Safety on Toys

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 050/21   In 2018, Ukraine published Resolution 151 of February 28 on ‘Technical Regulations on the Safety of Toys’ (SafeGuardS 52/18), a piece of legislation where the safety requirements are essentially similar to those in Directive 2009/48/EC in the EU (Toy Safety Directive, TSD, consolidated to November 2019). On… Continue reading Ukraine Strengthens Chemical Safety on Toys

Brazil Issues Legislation for Baby Walkers

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 048/21   In March 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Ministério da Economia/Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia,, Inmetro)  published Inmetro Ordinance No. 129 of March 19, 2021 (Portaria No. 129, de 19 de Março de 2021) approving the consolidated technical regulation and… Continue reading Brazil Issues Legislation for Baby Walkers

Brazil Issues Legislation for Cribs

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 048/21   In March 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Ministério da Economia/Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia,, Inmetro)  published Inmetro Ordinance No. 143 of March 22, 2021 (Portaria No. 143, de 22 de Março de 2021) approving the consolidated quality technical regulation… Continue reading Brazil Issues Legislation for Cribs