EU REACH: One New SVHC added to REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added one very persistent and very bioaccumulative substance – PFHxS to the Candidiate List. The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorization now contains 174 substances.
Besides, entries for Bisphenol A and four phthalates – BBP, DEHP, DBP and DINP have also been updated to include endocrine-disrupting properties for human health.

Substances included/updated in the Candidate List for authorization on 7 July 2017 and their SVHC properties:


Full SVHC list:



TÜV Rheinland Trains Teachers on Playground Safety

School playgrounds are supposed to be safe, right? The truth is not always so. To reinforce safety awareness in school playgrounds, TÜV Rheinland was invited by the NGO Jing Chuan Child Safety Foundation to address more than 70 teachers from various elementary and junior high schools on the topic at the Songshan Elementary School – which is right across from our Taipei office building.

“No accident doesn’t mean safety. It just means there is no accident yet”, said Bryan Lee, Department Manager Hardlines-North and the trainer. The half-day training is a combination of presentation and fieldwork, with a checklist to help teachers identify key safety points and potential dangers. The Songshan Elementary School, for example, has the playground facilities set under trees with aerial roots. Though the trees provide lovely shade, the aerial roots, if left untrimmed, may trip over an unattentive child. Outdoor playground facilities should keep a safe distance from the trees to prevent tripping and collision hazards.

Unlike schools, safety takes no summer vacation.

Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/999 amending REACH Authorization List (Annex XIV)

EU Commission published on 14. June 2017 Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/999 amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.
The regulation expands the number of substances under Annex XIV from 31 entries to 43 entries. For each of the 12 new entries no exemptions for specific uses are set.



TÜV Rheinland provide EPA certification service for composite wood product manufacturers

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), On December 12, 2016, Federal Register (FR) issued a final rule of formaldehyde emission standard for composite wood products (40 CFR Part 770), this final rule is effective May 22, 2017. This final rule prepared by EPA to implement TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) Title VI. The limit of formaldehyde emission of TSCA Title VI is as same as CARB. TSCA Title VI requires that composite wood products be tested and certified, ensuring only compliant products enter the product supply chain. Composite wood products must be certified by an EPA-recognized third-party certifier (TPC), also called an EPA TSCA Title VI TPC.


TSCA Title VI also set requirements on importers, fabricators, distributors, and retailers. These downstream users must maintain documentation for three years that show sourced wood panels are in compliance with TSCA Title VI. Documentation must be kept in a way that it can be provided to the EPA within 30 calendar days of the request.
Similar to CARB requirements, fabricators of finished goods containing composite wood products must label every finished good they produce or every box or bundle containing finished goods.

The text on the label must include:

  • The fabricator’s name
  • The date the finished good was produced (in month/year)
  • A statement that the finished goods are TSCA Title VI

– Jul. 2009, TÜV Rheinland are accredited as the qualified TPC by CARB。
-Nov. 2009,TÜV Rheinland are accredited as a co- operation third-party lab by IKEA to providing testing and certification service for IKEA’s supplier according to IOS-MAT-0003。
-Jun. 2017, TÜV Rheinland are accredited as the qualified TPC by EPA。

-TÜV Rheinland could provide one-stop service for CARB and EPA formaldehyde testing and certification:

  • CARB and EPA certification for the composite wood product manufacturers;
  • Formaldehyde testing service for the composite wood product manufacturers and furniture manufacturers according to IKEA’s requirement;
  • Establishing the appropriate small scale testing methods(ASTM D6007, EN120,ISO 12460-5,JIS 1460etc.) and CARB/EPA QCL(Quality Control Limit) for the composite wood products manufacturers;
  • Training course for relative QA personnel of client, assist the manufacturers to improve the testing competence of internal lab for quality control;
  • Factory auditing and inspection according to the CARB/EPA regulation or the buyer’s requirement;
  • Seminars of the CARB/EPA regulations and formaldehyde testing standard update

-CARB+EPA testing and certification procedure as below:

  • Fill in CARB+EPA questionnaire and application
  • Quotation for CARB/EPA testing and certification
  • Sign back quotation and Payment
  • Auditing and testing TUV
  • Issue certificate


Monthly Overview – Product Recalls RAPEX Notification May 2017 (Weekly report 18 – 21)

Monthly Overview – Product Recalls RAPEX Notification
May 2017 (Weekly report 18 – 21)


Source and full recall reports:


TÜV Rheinland Insight: Defending the Cyber Security of Your Rail Transits from Notorious Hackers

Frequently Occurring Cyber Security Incidents in Rail Transit

Rail transit has become a vital part in public’s lives, and with the increasing automation of key security systems, such as the communication signals, and the spreading of hacker activities, cyber security incidents have been occurring in an alarming rate.

▪ In November 2016, Muni Light Rail in San Francisco, the seventh largest transit system in the United States, was hacked and the ticketing system turned inoperable.  The hacker demanded a ransom of US $74,000.

▪ In January 2016, the Passenger Info-Display System of the subway in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, was hacked. On the screen it appeared a photo of the notorious Professor Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes series, and caused a panic among passengers.

▪ In December 2011, the North Western Railway in the United States was hacked. The railway signaling system was crippled for two days.

The existing vulnerability in railway transit security has caused concerns to many stakeholders. In July 2015, an  authoritative data base, Repository of Industrial Security Incidents, has named rail transits one of the most highly risky industries targeted by hackers, next to the power and petro-chemical industries. Railway companies around the world have recognized the severity of hacker attacks, and they must develop with vigor a plan for their network security.

Cyber Security is Particularly Important with Rapid Development of Rail Transit

In recent years, China’s rail transit, particularly in the cities, has developed rapidly and become the main mode of transportation for the Chinese people.

2016 marks the beginning of “the Thirteen Five-Year Plan”, whereas city traffic continues to grow in a rapid trend. According to the statistics from China Association of Metros, by the end of 2016 there were totally 133 lines of operating rail transits in 30 cities of Mainland China, total length up to 4153 kilometers, an increase of 18% from previous year. For the first time, the annual distance of new operating lines exceeded 500 kilometers – a record high of 535 kilometers, an increase of 20% from previous year.


Based on statistics from China Association of Metros, by 2016, a historical high of RMB 384.7 billion has been invested into the city rail transits in the Mainland China. By the end of 2016, 58 urban rail network plans were approved (including 14 plans approved by the local municipal government), total length of which reached 7305.3 kilometers. The scope of the existing and future rail networks, the investments volume, and the construction progress continue to expand and grow in a steadily pace.

The rapid development of our nation’s urban rail transit is self-evident.   Following the continuous enhancements in our nation’s rail transit automation and connectivity, network applications have entered the stage of practical development and applications in new technologies such as big data, cloud computing, wireless communication, and etc.  When any culprits attack an urban rail transit, hundreds of thousands of people’s lives are endangered, and the consequences may be disastrous. Hence, the key for the rail transit industry to grow and develop in a healthy and steady manner lies in the security assurance of the information and network system.

Cyber Security Protection Ushers in the Arrival of the Intelligent Rail Transit

As yet, there is no single standard designed for railway system cybersecurity. With many different rail systems run by different system suppliers, cybersecurity is a tough job. The leading rail organizations have developed cyber security programs or frameworks to address railway cybersecurity risk based on current and recent guidance for Industrial Control System security, mainly as following:

▪ IEC 62443 Industrial communication networks – Network and system security

▪ EDSA-311:2010: ISA Security Compliance Institute – Embedded Device Security Assurance Functional Security Assessment

▪ EDSA-312:2010: ISA Security Compliance Institute – Embedded Device Security Assurance Software Development Security Assessment

▪ ISO 27001: Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management systems

▪ NIST SP-800-82:2015 guidelines on how to secure Industrial Control Systems

With our experiences on various projects in Asia, Europe, United States, TÜV Rheinland’s cybersecurity assessment can review your railway system to ensure it is secure and resilient against cybersecurity attacks. Unlike a typical IT security assessment, we understand that operation technology systems are different, and require specific knowledge to offer a hacker’s perspective on how a system can, and will be, compromised

Our scope of assessment normally covers (but is not limited to) the following items:

·         Interfacing of the vital and supporting systems

·         logical access controls

·         Password management policy

·         Network segregation

·         Process of tracking changes in configuration

·         Operating system hardening and peripheral device control (e.g. USB devices)

·         Backup and restore procedures

·         The ability to discover an attack and process the incident response

We look at both vital and supporting sub-systems across the entire railway system, including (but not limited to):

  • Signalling
  • Train
  • Platform screen door
  •  Automatic fare collection
  • Electronic access control
  • Communication (COM)
  • Depot equipment and train washing plant

TÜV Rheinland has been providing technical services for railway applications for over 50 years, covering all types of railway facilities including conventional and high speed railways, metro, light rail, tram, maglev, etc.

We are always committed to growing with our clients by continuously providing them the latest security assessments and certification solutions based on any technological developments, and further provide security protection to China’s rail transit network.

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EU stricter toys bisphenol A (BPA) restriction confirmed

European Commission (EC) notified World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the intention to lower the existing BPA (migration) limit in toys on 18 July 2016. On 25 May 2017, Commission Directive (EU) 2017/898 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) to announce the requirement officially. The new BPA (migration) limit will be fully implemented and effective from 26 November 2018.

BPA (migration) requirement in Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC
In July 2016, the intention of EC to tighten the BPA (migration) limit in toys has been discussed in our previous standard updates flyer (T0716.3). This requirement is now confirmed to adopt in the EU.


Recent development about BPA
BPA is one of the chemicals under spotlight nowadays in the world. EU and US are actively seeking for restriction of BPA in consumer products and studying the possibility to strengthen the existing restriction.


1. EC notification sent to WTO for strengthen the requirement of BPA in toy:
3. TÜV Rheinland Greater China flyer:
4. 2014/81/EU:
5. EC notification sent to WTO for strengthen the requirement of BPA in food contact materials:
6. Candidate List of substances of very high concern for Authorisation:
7. Reason for inclusion:
8. Proposals to identify Substances of Very High Concern previous consultations:
10. Chemicals Considered or Listed Under Proposition 65 –BPA:
11. H.R.6269 – Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2016 114th Congress (2015-2016):


Hong Kong Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance Updated

The Hong Kong Government announced on 19 May 2017 about the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2) Notice 2017 2 gazetted. This notice updated the safety standards for toys and some children’s products listed in Schedule  under the Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424) . The effective date is 1 April 2018.

Summary on the updates :
This update is considered as a regular exercise by the Hong Kong Government to apply up-to-date and operative versions of the relevant international standards or standards adopted by major economies. The previous update was happened in 2016.


1. The Government of HKSAR, Press release:
2. Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Amendment of Schedules 1 and 2) Notice 2017:
3. Hong Kong Toys and Children’s Products Safety Ordinance (Cap. 424):
4. Harmonised standards under Directive 2009/48/EC for Safety of Toys:


Consumer Products Chemical Safety Requirement Proposed in China

1404885349.jpg28 March 2017, the Chinese National Consumer Product Safety Standardization Technical Commission announced a public consultation on proposed chemical safety requirements with 103 restricted chemicals in consumer products including toys, apparels and so on.
Apart from the China national standard (GB and GB/T), the proposed requirements also came from certain international (mainly European) standards or regulations such as EN71-9, EN71-12, REACH regulation, Oeko-Tex-2017, etc.


1. Letter of public consultation for Safety Requirements for Hazardous Chemicals in Consumer Products:
2. Drafted Safety requirements for hazardous chemicals in consumer products (for public comment):