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UK Plans to Introduce UKCA Symbol to Replace CE Marking in Case of a “No Deal” Brexit

14 Feb 2019

In case of a “no deal” Brexit, the UK government announced, on 2 February 2019, that it will introduce its own marking for conformity assessment, used to certify household products such as kettles or ...Read More

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Argentina Announces Conformity Certification Procedures for Batteries

30 Jan 2019

Argentina has established new procedures for zinc-carbon and alkaline manganese primary batteries to certify compliance with the mercury, cadmium and lead limits of Law 26.184....Read More

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Argentina to Ban Imports of Halogen Lamps

10 Jan 2019

Argentina has expanded its current ban on the sale and importation of general purpose residential incandescent lamps to cover all types and models of halogen lamps, effective 31 December 2019....Read More

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European Commission Publishes ‘Roadmap’ on Standard Chargers for Mobile Phones in the EU

10 Jan 2019

The European Commission has opened up its ‘roadmap’ – i.e., Inception Impact Assessment (“IIA”) - for the ‘Common chargers for mobile telephones and other compatible devices’ initiative, and has asked...Read More

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EU Opens New Quotas, Reduces Tariffs for Large Number of Products

4 Jan 2019

Council Regulation 2018/2069 is the first of the two new Regulations. It amends Regulation 1387/2013 (a so-called Framework Regulation), which suspends the autonomous common customs tariff duties on c...Read More

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Argentina Approves New Standards for Steel Cables

3 Jan 2019

Argentina has approved through Resolution 153/2018 new quality and safety standards for steel cables, which will require compliance with the provisions of standard ISO 2408....Read More

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Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Prohibited Substances in Christmas Decorations

19 Dec 2018

Following the investigation, the companies marketing these products ceased their sales of the products concerned. Hong Kong businesses should be aware that the infringements led to administrative fine...Read More

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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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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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