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New Safeguard Probe Launched on Clothes Washers

23 June 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in a new tariff-rate quota on large residential washers....Read More


Mexico Considers New Standards for Lamps, Certain Digital Interfaces

23 June 2017

Mexico is seeking input from interested parties by 6 August on a proposal to amend the current mandatory energy efficiency standards for domestically-produced and imported general purpose lamps used i...Read More


Real Name Registration Now Obligatory for Drone-Owners

13 June 2017

Drone-owners have until 31 August this year to register – using their real names – with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The requirement sees both owners and manufacturers of drones ...Read More


New Safeguard Investigation Launched on Solar Cells

9 June 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted a global safeguard investigation that could result in up to eight years of higher tariffs and minimum prices on imports of crystalline silicon ph...Read More


Compliance Dates Postponed for Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

9 June 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule extending the compliance dates associated with a final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress ...Read More


DOE Confirms Need to Comply with Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans, Other Products

9 June 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy has confirmed that the stricter mandatory energy efficiency standards issued in October 2016 or January 2017 for ceiling fans, miscellaneous refrigeration products, dedic...Read More


Argentina Further Amends Certification Requirements for Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment

9 June 2017

Argentina has further amended a July 2016 regulation requiring low-voltage electrical equipment that is sold in the country to be certified for compliance with certain essential safety requirements....Read More


Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels: Canadian Solar Leads New Chinese Appeal While EU Producer Solarworld Forced to File for Bankruptcy

2 June 2017

It was reported on 15 May 2017 that Canadian Solar is leading a new Chinese appeal against EU duties on solar cells and solar panels from mainland China, giving rise to yet another development in the ...Read More


DOC Considering Potential National Security Review of Semiconductors, Seeks Input on Review of Aluminium Imports

26 May 2017

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently indicated that the U.S. Department of Commerce is considering whether to initiate a section 232 national security investigation of imported semiconductors ...Read More


European Parliamentary Committee Publishes Report on New Proposal Amending RoHS 2

19 May 2017

On 28 April 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) published its draft report on the proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Hong K...Read More


Global Safeguard Petition Filed on Imported Solar Cells and Modules

12 May 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission received on 26 April a new global safeguard petition that could result in up to eight years of higher tariffs and minimum prices on imports of crystalline silic...Read More


Trade Defence Measures against Solar Panels

5 May 2017

On 18 April 2017, a legal action was published in the EU’s Official Journal, challenging the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the acceptance of a price undertaking, giving rise to yet anothe...Read More


European Report on Economic Effects of Counterfeit Smart Phones

5 May 2017

The European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights – the EUIPO – recently published its report studying the economic effects of counterfeit smart phones in the legitimate sector...Read More


IEC Publishes Two Test Standards, IEC 62321-7-2:2017 and IEC 62321-8:2017

28 April 2017

IEC published two test standards IEC 62321-7-2:2017 for hexavalent chromium and IEC 62321-8:2017 for phthalates in polymers. IEC 62321 is a test method developed by International Electrotechnical Comm...Read More


First-Ever Energy Star Specification Issued for Smart Thermostats

28 April 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for smart thermostats, which are Wi-Fi enabled devices that automatically adjust heating and cooling tem...Read More


Future Eco-rules for Servers Move Forward, While Initiatives for More Efficient Electric Kettles Lose Steam

21 April 2017

The European Commission has tabled ecodesign provisions to improve the resource efficiency of servers and other data storage products as of 2019. Separately, Commission officials also commented on the...Read More


Germany Modifies EN 60335-2-14 Standard on Table Blenders

13 April 2017

On January 25 2017, the German National Technology Safety Center (ZLS) published Decision EK1 646-16, modifying parts of clause 20.2 in the EN 60335-2-14 standard on January 25, 2017, and is classifie...Read More


Energy Efficiency Labels to be Revised after Hard Fought Negotiations

7 April 2017

On 21 March 2017, the EU Council and Parliament finally brokered a deal on the text of a Commission proposal to reform energy efficiency labels placed on household products such as refrigerators, cook...Read More


Energy Labeling in EU Updated by Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/254

5 April 2017

EU 2017/254 updates guidance for manufacturers on the use of verification tolerances, as laid down in delegated acts, and intended for use only by market surveillance authorities. Energy labeling in t...Read More


Sweden Introduces Tax on Certain Chemicals in Electronics Law, 2016:1067

5 April 2017

Sweden has introduced a new law (2016:1067) levying tax on certain chemicals in electronics. In order to reduce exposure to hazardous substances contained in electronics to the general public, the Swe...Read More

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