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Argentina Extends Deadline to Fully Comply with Certification Requirements for Safety Components for Lifts

16 Aug 2018

Argentina has extended from 5 August 2018 to 5 August 2019 the deadline to comply with the certification requirements for safety components for lifts....Read More


Certain Energy Test Procedures for Central ACs and Heat Pumps Implemented

14 Aug 2018

The DOE has lifted an administrative stay issued on 3 July 2017 that postponed the effectiveness of certain provisions of a January 2017 final rule that amended the energy test procedure and certain c...Read More


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


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


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


Mexico Proposes New Standards for Luminaires and Fire Extinguishers

6 July 2018

Mexico is proposing new mandatory standards for domestically-produced and imported luminaires for indoor and outdoor use (PROY-NOM-064-SCFI-2017) as well as fire extinguishers (PROY-NOM-154-SCFI-2017 ...Read More


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


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


DOC Announces Deal to Lift Export Ban on Major Mainland Chinese Telecom Company as Congress Seeks to Maintain Restrictions

22 June 2018

A ban on exports to a major mainland Chinese telecommunications company could be lifted soon after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the company has agreed to a significant fine and exten...Read More


Argentina Amends Certification Requirements for Electrical Equipment

22 June 2018

Argentina recently modified certain aspects of the certification requirements for domestically-produced and imported electrical equipment....Read More


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


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


Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Repeal Safeguard Duties on Solar Cells and Modules

11 May 2018

A bi-partisan group of House lawmakers led by Rep. Jacky Rosen (Democrat-Nevada) introduced legislation on 18 April to repeal the safeguard measure President Trump imposed on 23 January on imports of ...Read More


DOC Seeks Input on Forced Localisation Measures for ITC Products

27 April 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration is seeking information by 14 May on trade-related forced localisation policies, practices and measures that affect the U.S. informa...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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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