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EU – Outdoor Seat and Table – EN 581-1: 2017

13 April 2017

A new version of the European EN 581-1 Outdoor Seat and Table Standard has been published on March 17, 2017 and includes several revisions. EN 581-1:2017 replaces EN 581-1:2006 with immediate effect. ...Read More


US BIFMA Releases Update of New Office Chair ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2011

5 April 2017

On 14 February 2017, BIFMA released an update of ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2011 (General-Purpose Office Chairs Tests). The updated edition now designated ANSI/BIFMA X5.1 – 2017, aids furniture manufacturers i...Read More


EPA Rule on Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products Delayed

31 March 2017

The EPA has delayed from 10 February to 22 May the effective date of its final rule implementing the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010 (in title VI of the Toxic Substance...Read More


Canada to Develop Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

31 March 2017

The Canadian government has announced its intention to develop formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products and hopes to issue a proposed regulation by early 2018....Read More


Irish Authorities Carry out Inspection on Restricted Chemicals and Survey on Consumers’ Awareness of the CE Mark

24 March 2017

Two recent developments shed light on the importance that Irish enforcement authorities place on ensuring products comply with EU safety laws. First, the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) h...Read More


Court Rules on Classification of Items Used During Holidays

17 March 2017

The CIT ruled on 1 March that certain dinnerware and other items with holiday themes or designed to be used during holidays are properly classified according to their constituent materials and dutiabl...Read More


Argentina Narrows Scope of Import Licencing Requirements, Adopts New Criterion Value for Plastic Tableware and Kitchenware

17 March 2017

The Argentinean government has again amended the list of items subject to non-automatic import licencing by removing goods classified under NCM 8471.30.12, 8471.30.19, 8471.30.90, 8471.41.10, 8471.49....Read More


EU Ecolabelling for Textiles to be Amended, While New Decision Published for Floorings

10 March 2017

In recent weeks, there have been a number of important developments in the area of EU Ecolabelling, the voluntary scheme allowing traders to label their products as having a reduced environmental impa...Read More


FRQG Updated Standards for Children’s Furniture

6 March 2017

The Furniture Industry Research Association in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group published four new revised standards for children’s furniture: FIRA/FRQG C001~C004:2016 on 27 January...Read More


Argentina Adopts New Criterion Values for Certain Toilet and Kitchen Linen

3 March 2017

Argentina has amended the reference/criterion values for toilet and kitchen linen of cotton terry towelling or similar terry fabrics classified under NCM 6302.60.00 from various sources, including Hon...Read More


Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

3 Feb 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general service lamps, ceiling fans and dedicated...Read More


Mexico Sets New Energy Efficiency Standards for LED Lamps

3 Feb 2017

Mexico’s Ministry of Energy has amended the mandatory energy efficiency standards, test procedures, sampling, conformity assessment and labelling requirements for integrated LED lamps for general ligh...Read More


CPSC Advances Efforts to Improve Safety of Clothing Storage Units, Portable Generators

4 Nov 2016

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently outlined on-going efforts to improve the safety of clothing storage units and portable generators as well as priorities on the product safety, import su...Read More


Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

4 Nov 2016

The Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of general purpose lamps, direct heating equipment and ci...Read More


Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Scandal Puts Home Appliances under Scrutiny

28 Oct 2016

On 18 September 2016, an investigation by a consortium of NGOs into the home appliance industry was announced, which could be seen as a spill-over effect of Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” scandal that erup...Read More


DOE Considers New Definition for General Service Lamps

21 Oct 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy will hold a public meeting on 21 October to discuss and receive comment on a proposed definition for general service lamps to be published in a forthcoming notice of prop...Read More


European Parliament Objects to Cadmium Exemption in Illumination and Display Lighting Applications, Commonly Used in LCD Screens

14 Oct 2016

On 27 September 2016, an objection from the European Parliament to an exemption for cadmium use in illumination and display lighting applications under EU Directive 2011/65 restricting hazardous subst...Read More


Turkey Initiates Anti-dumping Investigation on Imports of Certain Tableware and Kitchenware Originating in Mainland China

14 Oct 2016

Hong Kong traders with export interests in Turkey may like to know that Turkey initiated a dumping investigation into tableware and kitchenware of ceramic and porcelain originating in mainland China a...Read More


Mexico Proposes New Standards for Radio Communication Systems, Lamp Controllers, Sanitary Appliances

7 Oct 2016

The Mexican government is proposing new mandatory standards for radio communication systems, lamp controllers and sanitary appliances. Comments on these proposals are due by 12 November, 13 November a...Read More


Ban on Certain Halogen Bulbs Commences, Paving Way for Wider Ban in Two Years’ Time

30 Sept 2016

The EU ban on certain halogen light bulbs began applying EU-wide on 1 September 2016. This has come about pursuant to Commission Regulation 1194/2012 which has established ecodesign requirements for t...Read More

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