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Product Safety Mark Requirement Eased for Household Refrigerators

5 Aug 2019

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a policy statement indicating that effective 2 August it will not pursue compliance or enforcement actions against importers, manufacturers or private...Read More

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EU Extends Current Ecological Criteria for the Granting of the EU Ecolabel for Televisions

22 July 2019

On 3 July 2019, Commission Decision 2019/1134 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, regarding the validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for televisions....Read More

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RoHS Law Implementation Deadline of 22 July 2019 Introduces Wider Ban of Harmful Chemicals

3 July 2019

On 22 July 2019, an amendment to Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) is scheduled to enter into effect in a...Read More

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Additional Time for Input on Proposal to Streamline Energy Test Procedure Waiver Process

2 July 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended from 1 July to 15 July the deadline for input on a proposal to streamline the agency’s energy test procedure waiver decision-making process. The DOE will als...Read More

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RAPEX Removes Dangerous Products from European Market but Significant Concerns Remain over Imports

18 April 2019

On 9 April 2019, it was announced that the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Consumer Products (“RAPEX”) had removed more than 2,000 dangerous products from the European market in 2018. However, accordi...Read More

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Swedish Agency Publishes Results of Sweeping Consumer Product Investigations

28 March 2019

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has published the results of two investigations into a total of 335 consumer products. The first investigation concerned an inspection of 115 advertisement products ...Read More

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New EU Energy Labels for Commonly Sold Electrical Appliances Adopted

21 March 2019

With the aim of making energy labels more understandable for consumers, and help them to make better-informed purchasing choices, the European Commission adopted, on 11 March 2019, new energy efficien...Read More

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Ban on Harmful Flame Retardant “DecaBDE”

27 Feb 2019

On 2 March 2019, a prohibition on the use of bis(pentabromophenyl)ether, more commonly referred to as decaBDE, will enter into effect. DecaBDE is a widely known and hazardous flame retardant used in a...Read More

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Sweden Investigates E-commerce Consumer Goods Including Toys and Jewellery

25 Feb 2019

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) has undertaken a first of its kind investigation into electronic products, toys and jewellery sold via e-commerce marketplaces. It announced that its report of Decem...Read More

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Argentina Adopts Ban on Mercury-added Products

21 Feb 2019

Argentina will prohibit from 1 January 2020 the importation, exportation and production of a range of mercury-added products in an effort to comply with the provisions of the Minamata Convention on Me...Read More

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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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