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SGS Introduces Holistic ‘Total Solution Services’ for the Electrical and Electronic Industry

SGS is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Total Solution Services’ for the Electrical and Electronic (E&E) Industry, helping E&E manufacturers bring safe, accessible, high-quality goods to global markets with secure connectivity, reduced risk and increased consumer trust. Developed in response to the increased pace of change and connectedness in global trading and e-commerce, SGS’s… Continue reading SGS Introduces Holistic ‘Total Solution Services’ for the Electrical and Electronic Industry

New York State Publishes A Draft Bill on Seasonal and Decorative Lighting Products Containing Lead

SAFEGUARDS | Electrical & ElectronicsNO. 045/21   The U.S. state of New York published draft bill SB 5675 in March 2021. It requires a warning label on seasonal and decorative lighting products sold or distributed within the state if the electrical cord casing of the product contains lead. The definition of seasonal and decorative lighting… Continue reading New York State Publishes A Draft Bill on Seasonal and Decorative Lighting Products Containing Lead

Brazil Issues Consolidated Technical Regulation for Jewelry

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer ProductsNO. 044/21   In 2016, Brazil published INMETRO Ordinance 43/2016 to regulate lead and cadmium in jewelry (SafeGuardS 90/16). In March 2021, the Brazilian Ministry of Economy/National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (Ministério da Economia/Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia) published INMETRO Ordinance No. 123 of February 16, 2021 (Portaria… Continue reading Brazil Issues Consolidated Technical Regulation for Jewelry

China Releases a new national standard GB/T 39514-2020

SAFEGUARDS | SoftlinesNO. 047/21   The Standardization Administration of China issued its national standard GB/T 39514-2020 <Terminology, definition, identification of biobased materials>, included in China’s No. 26 announcement on the approved national standards in 2020.  This new standard will become effective on June 1, 2021. Scope This standard applies to the following types of biobased… Continue reading China Releases a new national standard GB/T 39514-2020

These 3 Sourcing Nations Flagged for ‘Unreliable’ Factory Audits

This is the fifth installment in a limited series exclusively on Sourcing Journal of research provided by Cornell University’s New Conversations Project. The New Conversations Project is dedicated to independent research and action that seeks to discover what works on a global scale to end abusive labor practices. Related Articles In our February column we… Continue reading These 3 Sourcing Nations Flagged for ‘Unreliable’ Factory Audits

New Tool Helps Find Forced Labor in Cotton Supply Chains

As brands and retailers feel mounting pressure to divest from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, a major fiber producer in northwestern China, over human-rights abuses, a leading supply-chain transparency platform is offering a new way for businesses to identify forced labor risk in their supply chains. California’s SupplyShift announced last week that it will host…… Continue reading New Tool Helps Find Forced Labor in Cotton Supply Chains

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From 1901 to 2021: Measurements Then and Now

Innovation From 1901 to 2021: Measurements Then and Now Much of its early work is baked into the U.S. economy, but NIST continues advancing measurement science Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – 12:01 Alot has changed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) during the past 120 years. For one thing, we were… Continue reading From 1901 to 2021: Measurements Then and Now

Factory Disasters Are Still Happening—and This Is a Big Reason Why

A fire tore through a garment factory in East Delhi’s Gandhinagar district in India Wednesday, drawing 15 fire engines to deal with the blaze, local media reports. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, and no injuries have been reported, the incident is another in a string of industrial catastrophes that continue to…… Continue reading Factory Disasters Are Still Happening—and This Is a Big Reason Why

ISO 17025: A Must For The Laboratories You Work With?

There are over 20,000 ISO standards. And there is one about the management system of testing and calibration laboratories — ISO 17025. In simple terms, it includes the requirements of ISO 9001 as well as a set of good practices for this type of activity. Does it make a difference if you send samples for… Continue reading ISO 17025: A Must For The Laboratories You Work With?