Breakdown of content covered in the Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Seminar and Webinars for October and November 2019

How the Higg Index Can Help with Sustainability Goals
The Higg Index is an apparel and footwear industry self-assessment standard for assessing environmental and social sustainability throughout the supply chain developed by SAC. The Higg Index provides a tool for the brands, retailers and apparel/footwear facilities to assess sustainability throughout a product's entire life cycle, from materials to end-of-life. It provide a means to measure and score the sustainability performance of a company or product. 

Bureau Veritas will provide an overview of the Higg Index and the benefits for manufacturing facilities and brands.  Our one-hour webinar will cover:
• What is SAC Higg Index?
• Benefit of Higg Index program for manufacturing facilities and brands
• What are the processes from self assessment to verification of Higg FEM
• Who can verify the self assessments?
• Countries where we have verifier coverage
• Number of mandays required for verification
• Higg Training for facilities and brands

Proposition 65 Overview & Update on New Settlements and Labelling 
To protect yourself against involvement in future enforcement action, it is important to have a clear understanding of Proposition 65 requirements including current enforcement risks and trends. When developing a strategy for dealing with enforcement it is essential to know your risks, and what options are available to reduce them. 
Our webinar will cover: 
What is Proposition 65 and how it works
Recent Proposition 65 enforcement activity and settlements
Changes to the warning labels and reporting requirements
Discussion of options for managing enforcement actions and risks

REACH & Restricted Substances in Softlines
This webinar aims to give an overview of the current restricted and banned chemicals found in consumer products and to consider practical ways of implementing a compliance strategy for REACH within your organisation, in areas such as supplier management, ethical sourcing or due diligence programmes. The webinar will highlight the relevant legislation or other requirements such as industry norms, the POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Regulation and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Initiative.

Our webinar will cover:
What is REACH? 
Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP)
Review of the various actions and obligations such as: Registration, Notification, Authorisation, Information policy Implementing
REACH and developing a due diligence programme Overview of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
Questions and answers

Essentials of Textile Technology, Quality and Testing
This seminar aims to give all personnel involved in the sourcing and quality of textile products an understanding of the basics of fabric production and its relation to quality. The course will also explain the reasons for and processes of textile testing.

The course provides an overview of the different types of natural, man-made and synthetic fibres in common use, explain how they are made into yarns and how they are manufactured into woven, weft and warp knitted fabrics.

This seminar should provide attendees with a good understanding of how the different qualities of each fibre and fabric combination play an important part in the end use of the product.

We will also go through the textile testing terminology, explain how tests are performed and how to analyse and interpret the results. The seminar will also provide a basic overview of the legal obligations of those in the supply chain and methods to implement this, including due diligence. The day includes a tour of the softlines laboratory with demonstrations of tests.

This half-day seminar will take you through the legal minefield of toy safety. We will explain the requirements of the European Toy Safety Directive, including the chemical requirements.
There will be ample opportunity for discussion and questions & answers with our experienced toy consultant.

Attendees are welcome to bring products and samples they wish to discuss during the seminar.

Objectives of the seminar:
- understand your requirements and your responsibilities under the Toy Safety Directive
- be familiar with the processes that you have to go through in order to market a safe and legal toy

Topics to be covered:  
Definition of a toy
Relevant legislation for toys and latest developments
CE marking
Harmonised standards – what are they?
EC-type examinations    
Other relevant standards and EU Directives     
Chemical requirements    
Technical documentation (including the safety assessment)            
The Declaration of Conformity (DOC)

This half-day seminar will introduce the General Product Safety Directive and explain the definition of a “safe” product.

It will explain the legal process and take you through hazard & risk assessment methodology:
- why is it necessary?
- risk assessment methodologies, with examples

This is a generic seminar and is not specific to any particular type of product. It is therefore suitable for anyone involved in the manufacture, importation or distribution of Toys, Nursery products, Hardlines, Softlines or Electrical products.
There will be ample opportunity for discussion and questions & answers