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Mexico Adopts Maximum Mercury and Cadmium Limits in Batteries, New Standards for Tyres

16 Oct 2018

Mexico has established maximum mercury and cadmium limits in batteries and battery packs and will also require batteries to include specific information and to comply with certain other requirements, ...Read More

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Denmark Investigates Carcinogenic PAHs in Consumer Products, Including in Footwear and Toys

2 Oct 2018

PAHs are organic compounds containing two or more fused aromatic rings, which, in processed articles, may exist in the following: creosote, medicines, dyes, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, lubricants, ...Read More

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Changes to Energy Test Procedures for Commercial ACs under Consideration

2 Oct 2018

Interested parties may submit input by 3 December in connection with a data collection process that could result in amended energy test procedures for three-phase commercial air-cooled air conditioner...Read More

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Halogen Lamps to Be Phased out As New EU Ecodesign Rules Enter into Force

5 Sept 2018

On 1 September 2018, the EU’s plan to phase out halogen lightbulbs entered into force. The new rules, which were adopted under the EU’s framework Ecodesign Directive, will see a gradual ban on new hal...Read More

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EU Decides to Reject Calls Made by EU Solar Panel Manufacturers for Extension of Trade Defence Measures

29 Aug 2018

Hong Kong businesses involved with the export of solar panels from mainland China to the EU will have been holding their breath over whether the European Commission would give in to the EU industry’s ...Read More

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Sweden Calls on EU to Restrict Additional Substances in Electronics Under RoHS

10 Aug 2018

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has released a report proposing that the European Commission restrict the use of medium-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) in electrical and electronic equipment ...Read More

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ECHA Calls for Evidence on Hazardous Substance Used in Food Contact Materials and Electronics, Among Other Products

10 Aug 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has issued a call for information on uses of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and related substances. Norway is currently preparing an EU-wide r...Read More

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Argentina Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards for Certain Lamps

24 July 2018

Argentina has adopted effective from 1 July 2019 new minimum energy efficiency standards for halogen lamps with a tungsten filament as well as self-ballasted fluorescent lamps (both single and double ...Read More

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Calls Made to Reform EU’s Ecodesign Rules and Oust Planned Obsolescence

29 June 2018

Hong Kong traders of electronics and other energy-related products will be interested in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 31 May 2018 regarding the EU’s Ecodesign Directive, and comm...Read More

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Sweden Investigates Banned Substances in Small Consumer Goods, and Labelling Compliance of Over 20,000 Mixtures Such As Detergents

29 June 2018

Earlier this summer, the Swedish Chemicals Agency published a report on its investigation into the contents of goods which are small enough for children to put into their mouths. These include mobile ...Read More

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New Set of Exemptions under EU RoHS Law Published, Which Could Assist Hong Kong Exporters of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

1 June 2018

On 18 May 2018, the Official Journal of the EU published seven new directives, each of them amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electro...Read More

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Product Registration under Revised WEEE Rules Launched in Germany

1 June 2018

New German rules on the registration of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) considerably widen the scope of the products which have to be registered. From 15 August 2018 onwards, all EEE falls w...Read More

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Argentina Announces New Requirements for Electrical Equipment

13 April 2018

Argentina has unveiled a new regulatory regime to ensure that electrical equipment commercialised in the country provides an adequate level of protection to consumers, property and household pets....Read More

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Opinion from Highest EU Court on Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners Could Have Ramifications for Other Appliances As Well

6 April 2018

An opinion delivered by an Advocate General of the EU’s Court of Justice contends that suppliers and dealers of vacuum cleaners may not use supplementary labels which reproduce or clarify the informat...Read More

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Mexico Sets New Energy Standards for Lamps, Considers New Labelling Requirements for Personal Care Products

29 March 2018

Mexico has amended effective from 8 May the current mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported general purpose lamps used in residential, commercial, services, indust...Read More

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Argentina Again Extends Deadline to Comply with Technical Requirements for Electric Metres

29 March 2018

The Argentinean government has again extended the deadline for producers, importers and sellers to comply with the technical requirements for electric metres laid out under Resolution 90/2012 as amend...Read More

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Singapore Strengthens Mercury Restrictions in Batteries

12 March 2018

On January 3, 2018, the National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore published circular NEA/HS/6.6 to update the mercury restrictions in batteries and button cells under Part 1 of the Second Schedul...Read More

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Requests for Exclusions from Solar Panel Safeguard Due by 16 March

2 March 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting through 16 March requests to exclude particular products from the safeguard measure President Trump imposed on 23 January on imports of crystal...Read More

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Export Controls on Explosives, Protective Gear, Military Electronics Under Review

2 March 2018

The U.S. State Department and BIS are seeking public comments by 13 April in connection with reviews of articles transferred from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List. Items controlled...Read More

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Solar Panel Producers Challenge Decision to Retroactively Impose Duties, While European Parliament Discusses New Rules Which Might Affect Solar Panels Growth

23 Feb 2018

On 5 February 2018, two notices of action were published in the EU’s Official Journal, one brought by Kraftpojkarna (a Swedish producer of solar panels) and another brought by Wuxi Saijing Solar (a Ch...Read More

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