On February 24, 2022, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China released a draft amendment of GB 21027-2020 “General requirements for safety of students’ articles”, which is a mandatory national standard, and started soliciting opinions, the deadline for submitting opinions is April 24, 2022. GB 21027-2020 “General requirements for safety of students’ articles” is the only mandatory safety related standard in China’s stationery industry. Current standard was released on July 23, 2020 and came into force on February 1, 2022. After the promulgation of the standard, relevant enterprises have adjusted production process in accordance with the requirements of new standard. While in the process of product compliance testing, several problems were found. Such as lack of provisions for hazardous chemicals such as short chain chlorinated paraffin, existence provisions that is inconsistent with existing standard or ambiguous. In response to the above problems, the following provisions were added in the draft amendment.
The additions and amendments of this draft amendment are as follows.
- Adding requirements that the content of short chain chlorinated paraffin (C10-C13) in contactable plastic parts should be less than 1.5 g / kg.
- Adding provisions that the test of short chain chlorinated paraffin (C10-C13) in contactable plastic parts shall be carried out in accordance with the regulations of GB / T 33345.
- The brightness (whiteness) requirement of the exercise book has been amended as “the brightness (whiteness) of the inner paper of the exercise book (excluding drawing books) is 85% or less”.
- “Gas chromatography” has been added to Annex E “Measurement of Total Volatile Organic Compounds in Adhesives” as an arbitration method.
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