SGS Warns Textile and Footwear Manufacturers and Suppliers About 2022 EU Market Surveillance Plans
SGS details the EU's plans for specific market surveillance of apparel, footwear, and accessory products in 2022.
Following the publishing of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and product compliance in June 2019, the European Union (EU) has strengthened and modernized its market surveillance procedures for non-food products. It will be applied from July 16, 2021, except for some provisions, meaning all products placed on EU markets must be safe and comply with EU harmonized legislation.
The ECHA announced on July 1, 2020, that in 2022 its inspectors will be checking products for compliance with restrictions under REACH and the POPs Regulation. The final decision on which substances will be included in the surveillance will be decided in 2021. Stakeholders should be aware that the final list of substances may also include phthalates and/or perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS).
Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 gives member states additional powers to ensure products comply with harmonized legislation. Its provisions apply to all product categories subject to EU harmonization legislation and are not restricted to apparel, footwear and accessory products. Products that fail to conform may be subject to withdrawal or recall from the EU market.
Legislation that must be adhered to in the context of apparel, footwear and accessory products includes:
· Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) - Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006:
§ Entry 72 for CMR substances in clothing, textiles and footwear
§ Entry 51 for phthalates
· POPs Recast Regulation
Textile products, footwear and accessories are among the most frequently reported products by market surveillance authorities, which are then notified via the RAPEX system.
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