News from February 2018

Hermes Hansecontrol has extensive experience in the area of bike safety and, based on its extensive expertise, is also a sought-after contact when it comes to demanding quality testing. All test results are processed for customers and communicated in a factual and comprehensible way. Based on this, companies can analyze failures and causes of damage, improve their products in a strategic manner, and comply with all legal requirements.

In order to assist customers in the best possible way regarding all questions relating to product safety, the provider of test services is also an active member of various committees in the bicycle and pedelec industry and continues to develop its portfolio of test services. Making an obvious, deliberate step towards comprehensive service, Hermes Hansecontrol has also recently started offering expert services relating to bicycles and pedelecs. These services include:

  • Assessments regarding the reconstruction of accidents
  • Assessments regarding product liability
  • Damage analysis of components/assemblies
  • Comparative trials
  • Determination of fair value
  • Court assessments
  • Insurance assessments

Additional assessments are available at request.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 6124 or by email.

The adoption of these substances in the candidate list requires providing corresponding information within the supply chain. Consumers have an explicit right to information – this means manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors must disclose whether a Substance of Very High Concern is present in products with a concentration of over 0.1 percent.

The seven new candidate substances are:

  • chrysene and benz[a]anthracene, two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which can occur as a component or contamination of other substances
  • the heavy metal salts cadmium nitrate (can be used, among other things, for the production of glass, porcelain, and ceramic products), cadmium hydroxide (can be used, among other things, for the manufacture of electrical, electronic, and optical devices) as well as cadmium carbonate (can be used, among other things, for cosmetics and body care products)
  • the flame retardent dechloran plus TM (can be used in glues and sealants as well as binding agents)
  • a reaction product of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithion, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, which is used as an additive in lubricants for machines and vehicles

Bisphenol A: Also Harmful to Animals

The inclusion of bisphenol A (BPA) has also been updated. This substance is no longer only toxic to the reproduction of humans, but is also listed as a Substance of Very High Concern due to its hormonal effects on animals. The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) welcomes this decision and will determine the extent to which the use of bisphenol A must be further restricted to better protect the environment. Bisphenol A is a starting substance for polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. The substance is present in products of everyday use such as drinking bottles, cans, DVDs, food packaging, and thermal paper receipts and can end up in the environment via a variety of channels.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

To protect people and the environment, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) proposes the inclusion of seven additional Substances of Very High Concern in the REACh authorization list. Based on their properties and broad use, the applicable substances pose a potential threat to human health or the environment. Though some of them are currently not used in the EU, they could, however, replace other substances, which are recommended for the authorization list or are already on it. Two of the recommended substances have reprotoxic properties. The other five have persistent, bioaccumulating and toxic (PBT) and/or very persistent and very bioaccumulating (vPvB) properties.

The European Commission will make the final decision regarding inclusion of the substances in the authorization list in cooperation with the member states and European parliament. Only then will the deadline for companies to apply to ECHA for authorization be stipulated.

This concerns the following seven substances:

5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxan [1], 5-sec-butyl-2-(4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxan [2] [The individual [1] and [2] stereoisomers and all possible combinations thereof are covered by this entry] trade name e.g. “Karanal”vPvBPerfume constituent, aromatic substance
2-(2H-benzotriazole-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol (UV-328)PBT, vPvBUV stabilizer for various plastics
2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazole-2-yl)phenol (UV-327)vPvBUV stabilizer, mainly used for plastics, rubber, glues, and cosmetic
2-(2H-benzotriazole-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)-phenol (UV-350)vPvBUV stabilizer, mainly used for lacquers, plastics, and rubber
2-benzotriazole-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol (UV-320)PBT, vPvBUV stabilizer for various plastics
1,2-benzene dicarboxylic acid ester, di-C6-10-alkyl ester; 1,2 benzene dicarboxylic acid ester, mixed decyl, hexyl and octyl diesters with ≥ 0.3 % of dihexylphthalate (EC No. 201-559-5)toxic to reproductionPlasticizers in PVC and glues
1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)toxic to reproductionSolvents for paints, lacquers, cleaners

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

The European Commission has published a draft to amend the Annex XVII of the REACh European Chemical Regulation, which concerns, in particular, companies in the textile and footwear industry. The draft stipulates new limits for numerous substances used in clothing including accessories and other textiles with skin contact as well as footwear (exceptions are listed). The substances include, among other things, formaldehyde, certain heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, select polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and representatives of the phthalates such as DPP and DnHP.

Furthermore, various residual chemicals will be regulated in the future for which NGOs such as Öko-Tex and CADS have already imposed requirements. Such examples are dimethylformamide, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), and chlorinated toluenes.

The regulation is set to be published in the 3rd quarter of 2018 and will take effect 20 days later. A transitional period of 24 months will apply.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

Ensuring that furniture has a high level of quality and making this visible for consumers is the common goal that has brought Hansecontrol-Cert, with headquarters in Hamburg, together with the German Furniture Quality Assurance Association (Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel, DGM). Since the beginning of 2018, Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft is now an official supporting member of the DGM. Household appliances and furniture are among the products regularly inspected and certified by its experts. The company has already served as an authorized test center for the GS mark for “Certified safety” since 2009 and also awards private test marks. The services for the furniture industry include, among other things, mechanical safety and endurance tests, tests with physical criteria such as forces or speeds, chemical analyses, and also safety tests in the area of electronics, textile physics, and fitness for use.

Voluntary Compliance with High Quality Standards

Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel e.V. (German Furniture Quality Assurance Association) is an association of furniture manufacturers and supporting members from the supplier operations, assembly plants, professional associations, and independent institutes. Since 1963, furniture manufacturers and supplier operations have voluntarily committed to comply with the high DGM quality standards. The requirements are derived from the quality and testing regulations of the “Golden M”, RAL-GZ 430. They guarantee users of certified furniture longevity and proper functioning, safety, health and environmental friendliness. All these factors are tested and verified at independent laboratories. The DGM now has more than 115 members from Germany and abroad. For more information, see here.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 6124 or by email.

The production, refinement, and marketing of textiles is becoming an increasingly complex business and poses numerous challenges for responsible parties in the area of purchasing, design, quality, and product development. Decisions to purchase, for example, are often made based on appearance and feel. However, this is not enough to adequately accommodate the expectations of customers. Anyone interested in developing an understanding of trends, innovations, and error sources as well as bringing ideas to fruition, requires fundamental knowledge of textiles.

Textile refinement is particularly significant in this respect – particularly in light of increasingly stringent legal requirements. In the seminar “Dyeing, Printing, and Finishing - the basics of textile refinement”, held on April 11 and 12, 2018 in Hamburg, the experts from Hermes Hansecontrol will impart important basic knowledge in the field of textile refinement, which is decisive for purchasing and product development. In addition to different methods of dyeing and printing textiles, participants will learn about mechanical and chemical finishing methods as well as the limits of what is possible.

Here you will find all the important information about content and conditions for participation (only in German). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by calling +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.


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