White Papers

Gain valuable insights into new and emerging compliance issues globally

A catalog of White Papers has been prepared by our technical and regulatory consultants on a wide variety of industry topics, including new and emerging compliance issues. Examples include California Proposition 65, complying with new and existing CPSIA product certification requirements for apparel, children's products, toys, and hard goods, and complying with requirements of the New Toy Safety Directive.


2017 - The Higg Index: BV, AAFA, SAC Webinar presentation

This Bureau Veritas sponsored AAFA webinar was held in November 2017 on the Higg Index, a tool developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to help retailers, brands and suppliers assess their business as it relates to Sustainability.  The webinar previewed the Higg Index suite of tools, with a focus on the Higg Facilities Environmental Module, and included updates on general sustainability initiatives (ZDHC, Social & Labor Convergence Project, environmental certifications, etc.). Jason Kibbey, SAC CEO, co-presented with Bureau Veritas' Rick Horwitch.

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2017 - Smart Toys - Playing with Confidence

The adoption of wireless circuitry and on-board electronics enables toys to effectively have their own intelligence. Whilst great advances continue to be made, challenges with compliance with both performance and regulatory requirement for toys and technology becomes ever more challenging. Bureau Veritas is a world leader in technology and toys and is well placed to support connected toy manufacturers and buyers understand, manage and overcome the various technical barriers to trade worldwide. Learn more...

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2017 - Technical Column: Playing it safe - Interview with Bureau Veritas’ Toys Technical Consultant

Toy Safety is something we are all concerned about nowadays. Learn more from Bureau Veritas' Toys Technical Consultant from the UK, Malcolm Horner, in an recent media interview on what the company can offer suppliers, manufacturers and retailers.

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2017 - Smart Furniture Testing Services

With technology-integrated consumer products becoming an emerging trend that impacts our daily consumer life, concerns of these smart products' safety and performance are thus increasing.  Learn more about how Bureau Veritas supports manufacturers, importers or exporters, brands and retailers for testing and certification services of smart furniture through our global network.

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2017 - Smart Appliances

Nowadays, the integration of technologies such as Bluetooth, WiFi, etc., with connection to a smartphone, tablet or computer gives you more information and control of your home appliances. Bureau Veritas offers the complete solution for smart products and appliances. Learn more...

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2017 - Smart Home Solutions

Creating a seamless customer experience within a constantly changing and fragmented technology landscape of the connected home market gets exponentially difficult.  Having a trusted partner such as Bureau Veritas can help overcome the complexities of the ever changing user expectations, market compliance demands and the continuously increasing technology requirements. Learn more about Bureau Veritas' complete solution for smart home addressing various communications technologies such as Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Thread, Qi, LoRa, SigFox, etc.

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2016 - Technical Guide: Cyber ​​security of connected vehicles - Best Practices by Bureau Veritas

Almost all smart cars are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Predicted scenarios are chilling. The only solution against these new threats: invent and share a common framework for the entire automotive industry. Bureau Veritas' latest publication of "Cyber ​​security of connected vehicles - Best Practices" serves as a guide of best practices to prevent the risks of cyber hacking threatening connected vehicles. This technical guide presents a set of security objectives addressed to manufacturers and suppliers, and highlights best practices to manage cyber security in automotive systems.
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2016 - Technical Column: Introduction to Labeling Textile Garments for U.S. Market

Increasingly, clothing retailers and brands are selling overseas to increase sales volume and raise their worldwide market profile. One of the world’s largest markets is U.S.A. Many retailers and brands are already well established in the U.S. through opening their own stores or establishing in-store franchises. Others concentrate on e-commerce sales. Learn more from our technical consultants about textile labeling requirements for U.S. market.
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2016 - At a Glance - Food Testing and Certification for Hong Kong Market

Food quality and safety are a constant concern for communities around the world and have been highlighted by repeated health scares. The food industry in Hong Kong is faced with the challenges of satisfying consumer requirements while controlling growing supply chains complexities. Whether you are a manufacturer, an importer / exporter, or a retailer, regulatory compliance, food safety management certification, and consumer satisfaction are keys to success.  Learn more on working with a partner with an accredited testing and certification services will help you demonstrate that your products are safe to consume, and in return, benefiting from customer confidence, sales, market share and profitability.
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2016 - Direct Data Entry Interface (DDEI) for Inspections
With decreasing product life cycle and time-to-market, the challenge to deliver quality products on time increases. Efficient inspection process is critical to facilitate on-time delivery to the store shelves. To cater to this need, Bureau Veritas has developed an online system, Direct Data Entry Interface (DDEI) for inspections. Learn more about DDEI from an interview with our Global Technical Services Director of Inspection, Assessment and Consulting Services.
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2016 - Taking heat out of plush toys
Plush covered hot water bottles and plush microwavable warmers have become increasingly popular in the past decade or so. However, there have been many discussions recently at the European level regarding the safety requirements for such products and you should be aware that a draft protocol for plush microwavable warmers that are considered to be toys is currently in the pipeline. Learn from our Toy Technical Consultant on the recent developments surrounding the safety requirements for heated plush.
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2015 - Don't fan the flames – Flammability of Toy Disguise Costumes
Safety first
- The UK industry (toys and clothing), via BSI, will be asking the EU CEN Toy Safety Committee (CEN/TC 52) if they believe a review of EN 71-2 is necessary. Are the requirements for toy disguise costumes in EN 71-2 deemed to be sufficiently stringent? Do the EN 71-2 test methods for toy disguise costumes need amending, to take into account the more complex costumes now being marketed? Learn more...

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2015 - Reducing the Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals in Water?
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Working Group has published the MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List) in 2014. This reference list includes the 11 substances as priority chemicals, and additional substances deemed as hazardous by the ZDHC Technical Advisory Committee. Bureau Veritas has developed a Chemical Monitoring Solution to help fashion retailers and brands know where they stand with regards to water pollution in their supply chain via a combination of chemical management policies, environmental auditing, water sample testing and reporting. The service also includes establishing measures for continuous improvement.  Learn more...
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2015 - Technical Column: EU Juvenile Products Regulations – looking ahead to the future
Find out what Bureau Veritas' insights to major EU juvenile products regulations and developments in relation to safety for child use and care articles, as well as certain children's products including domestic furniture and furnishings, sleep bags, duvets, and cot bumpers, chair or table mounted seats, highchairs, etc.
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2015 - Safety Requirements for Infant and Pre-school Toys
Baby and children product safety is always of highest concern to parents. Manufacturers need to ensure their products meet their customers’ expectation as well as the regulatory requirements of their target markets. Learn from our technical consultant on the specific safety requirements for baby and pre-school toys.
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2015 - Understanding EC-type Examination for Toys
Toy manufacturers wishing to access the EU market are required to comply with EU Toy Safety Directive. Learn more of EC-type Examination for toys products from an interview with our Toys Technical Consultant.
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2015 - EU Cosmetics Regulation Update
Cosmetic products which shall be brought on the European Market have to comply with the EU Cosmetics Regulation, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. The Regulation fully harmonized the legislation on cosmetic products in the Community in order to achieve an internal market for cosmetic products while ensuring a high level of protection of human health. Some of its benefits are the harmonization of responsibilities in the supply chain, the labeling, and the Product Information File. Learn more...
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2014 - Footprint Progress© Certification: The Recognition of Eco-designed Products
Footprint Progress© is an environmental certification scheme. Its objective is to let businesses publicise the advances they have made in reducing the environmental impact of their products. Learn from industry representative on how the consumer product supply chain can be benefitted from the Footprint Progress© Certification. Learn more…
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2014 - Toys and Juvenile Products: What Is the Burning Issue of Toys?
The EU Toy Safety Directive specifies certain essential safety requirements for the flammability of toys. Basically, toys must not constitute a dangerous flammable element in the child’s environment. It is important to note that additional requirements exist for the flammability of substances supplied in chemistry sets and other chemical games and toys. The European harmonised safety standard for the flammability of toys is EN 71-2. Learn more…
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2014 - That's Electric - EU Requirements for Electric Toys
Electric Toys refers to toys that are operated either by batteries or by a mains-operated transformer. In addition to complying with EN 71 in Europe, electric toys need to meet the specific electrical requirements of the Toy Safety Directive. Learn more…
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2014 - Technical Column: China GB Footwear Standards
As China’s economy continues to grow and the spending power of its population continues to rise, the demand for western brands and particularly western luxury products also continues to rise. Consequently, European, US and other international retailers and brands are increasingly selling their products into China. However, despite the high quality of these imported products (or often China, manufactured products), China has additional quality tests and standards which some of these products must meet in order for them to be legally sold into the Chinese market. These standards are commonly known as China GB Standards.
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2014 - Technical Column: Domestic Oven Glove Safety Testing
With domestic ovens reaching temperatures of around 250 ºC, skin will burn instantly on contact with the inside of the oven or metal / ceramic cookware items. Accordingly, oven gloves must meet stringent safety standards to protect users from risk of serious injury.For example, the British Standard, BS 6526:1998 - ‘Domestic oven gloves - Requirements and test methods’. Learn more...
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2014 - Toys - Safe & Sound: The New Acoustic Requirements for Toys in Europe
The European standard EN 71-1 (mechanical and physical properties) specifies maximum acoustic limits for certain toys that emit sound intentionally. EN 71-1 has recently been revised with new acoustic requirements (EN 71-1:2011 + A2:2013) specifying maximum acoustic limits for certain toys that emit sound intentionally. These new requirements will take effect after the transition period which will end on 30th September 2014. Until that date, the “old” acoustic requirements may still be used to demonstrate compliance with the essential safety requirements of the EU Toy Safety Directive. The major change to the standard is the introduction of new requirements for toys not previously within the scope of the standard, such as percussion toys and wind toys such as drums, xylophones and whistles. Revised test methods have also been introduced for voice toys such as megaphones and walkie-talkies.
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2013 - Children’s Sleepwear: U.S. Interpretation of Items of Children’s Loungewear (Sizes 0-14)
The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has provided guidance and interpretation to the public regarding styles sold as children’s loungewear, but which in fact are considered to be sleepwear, since the enforcement of the Children’s Sleepwear flammability laws (16 CFR 1615/1616) in 1975. The definition of sleepwear in the regulations is somewhat vague. Therefore, the CPSC has provided additional guidance in the form of letters to manufacturers, the public and retailers in the United States.
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2012 - Legal Requirements for Selling Footwear in the EU  
There are three key European-wide legal obligations for selling conventional footwear in the European Union. All shoes sold in the EU must comply with The General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC); all footwear must be labelled correctly under the European Labelling Directive for Footwear (94/11/EC) and all footwear must comply with the REACH regulation (EC1907/2006).
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2012 - EU Toy Safety Directive Technical Documentation Requirements  
The new Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC requires the manufacturer of the toy to draw up a technical file, which must be retained for at least 10 years after the toy has been placed on the market. The documentation must include relevant data to show how the toy complies with the essential safety requirements. This white paper provides an overview of those technical documentation requirements.  
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2012 - California Proposition 65: An Introduction to requirements & compliance strategies
At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. By downloading this complimentary white paper you'll learn more about the requirements of proposition 65, challenges in meeting them, and possible compliance assurance strategies.
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2012 - Toy Safety in the European Union (EU)  
Provides highlights of the new European Toy Safety Directive, 2009/48/EC, including clarification of the scope; obligations of economic operators; safety and conformity assessments; enhanced toy safety; warnings; traceability; declarations of conformity (DoC); and technical documentation. Also provided is a chart comparing the new and more stringent restrictions on elements - such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury - in the old and new Directives.  A comparison chart of US and European Toy Certification Requirements is also included in the appendix.  
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2012 - Understanding US CPSIA Product Certification  
An overview of the requirements for product certification in accordance with CPSIA and 16 CFR 1107, including children's products and toy requirements and a discussion of current guidance on a Reasonable Testing Program for non-children's products. Information reflects the latest updates based on CPSC decisions from the fall of 2011 and includes highlights of new requirements for children's products and toys which will take effect in February 2013.
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