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Strict Limit Proposed for DecaBDE in Recycled Plastics Used to Make Toys and Other Consumer Goods

28 Nov 2018

On 15 November 2018, the European Parliament voted to introduce a derogation limit of only 10 mg/kg (0.001% by weight) for the brominated flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (“DecaBDE”). This figu...Read More

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Mexico Adopts New Standards for Water Heaters

27 Nov 2018

The Mexican government has adopted new mandatory standards for household and commercial water heaters fuelled by liquified petroleum gas or natural gas with a thermal load no greater than 108 kW....Read More

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Canada Adopts New Energy Efficiency Standards for Various Products

15 Nov 2018

The Canadian government has adopted a number of changes to its energy efficiency and labelling regulations in order to further improve the efficiency standards of various products, take further action...Read More

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Argentina Unveils Framework Standards for Pressure Products

29 Oct 2018

Argentina recently established a regulatory framework for the adoption of specific technical requirements for products subject to pressure with or without fire that are sold domestically. While no spe...Read More

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BIS Considers Tracking Exports of Electronic Waste

23 Oct 2018

BIS is accepting comments through 24 December on the feasibility and cost of implementing a mechanism for tracking and controlling exports of electronic waste. Although no specific legislation has yet...Read More

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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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