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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


DOE Delays Tougher Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans, Test Procedures for Other Products

31 March 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed from 21 March to 30 September the effective date of a final rule imposing tougher energy conservation standards for ceiling fans....Read More


Argentina Amends Certification Requirements for Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment, Makes Other Regulatory Changes

31 March 2017

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


Mexico Adopts New Standards for Systems to Measure Electricity

31 March 2017

The Mexican government has established new mandatory standards for domestically-produced and imported systems to measure electricity....Read More


AQSIQ Cancels Designation of Pre-shipment Inspection Agencies for Imported Used Mechanical and Electrical Products

27 March 2017

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) released the Decision on Amending the Administrative Measures for the Supervision and Inspection of Imported Used M...Read More


Developments in Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels

24 March 2017

New developments have arisen in the longstanding solar panels case. While SolarWorld, a European solar producer, continues its legal challenge against the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar...Read More


Banned Chemicals Found in Consumer Electronics Pursuant to Swedish Survey

24 March 2017

In a survey of last year that culminated in the release of a revelatory report, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) released a finding that nearly four out of ten low-priced electronic products contai...Read More


Canada Proposes New Energy Efficiency Standards for 17 Products

17 March 2017

The Canadian government has announced its intention to develop more stringent energy efficiency requirements for seven categories of residential products and four categories of commercial and industri...Read More


Argentina Provides Duty-Free Treatment to Computers, Tablets, Other Products

3 March 2017

The Argentinean government has provided duty-free treatment to computers, tablets, printers, storage units, keyboards, mice and certain other items classified under a range of tariff lines within head...Read More


EU Extends Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Duties on Chinese Solar Cells and Solar Panels

24 Feb 2017

On 17 February 2017, EU Member State delegates voted on the highly controversial European Commission proposal to counter unfair pricing methods and state aid linked to solar cells and solar panels ori...Read More


Commission Proposes to Exclude Used Electronics from Restrictions

24 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, the European Commission unveiled a new proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); the current EU legislation setting out restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substanc...Read More


Commission Adopts Guidelines for Self-regulation Measures Concluded by Industry

24 Feb 2017

The European Commission has issued guidelines for self-regulation measures concluded by industry (the Guidelines), under Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign req...Read More


Mexico Unveils New Standards for Hydraulic Jacks, Safety Glass and Radio Signal Blocking Equipment, Extends Standards for Digital Interfaces

17 Feb 2017

The Mexican government has issued new or updated mandatory standards, or extended the current mandatory standards, for the following products....Read More


Proposal to Extend Anti-dumping Duties on Chinese Solar Panels Opposed by Some Member States

10 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, during a meeting of trade officials from the EU Member States, a majority voted against the European Commission’s proposal to extend the anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels...Read More


Commission Introduces New Ecodesign Rules for Certain Heating and Cooling Products

10 Feb 2017

The European Commission has recently published Commission Regulation 2016/2281 establishing ecodesign requirements for the placing on the market of air heating products, cooling products, high tempera...Read More


Energy Star Specifications for Laboratory-Grade Fridges Unveiled

3 Feb 2017

The EPA recently finalised its first-ever Energy Star specification for laboratory-grade refrigerators and freezers....Read More

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