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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


EU Harmonizes Method for Nickel in Spectacle Frames and Sunglasses under REACH

26 Jan 2017

The EU has recently updated the list of harmonized standards for nickel falling under entry 27 to Annex XVII of REACH. The newest entry for EN 16128:2015 takes effect immediately. On January 13, 2017,...Read More


Burma Sanctions Programme Terminated, Including Ban on Gem and Jewellery Imports

21 Oct 2016

The economic and financial sanctions against Burma (Myanmar) administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control are no longer in effect as of 7 October after President Obama si...Read More


On-line Retailer Pleads Guilty to Importing Counterfeit Contact Lenses from Mainland China

23 Sept 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on 9 September that the owner and operator of an on-line retailer has pleaded guilty to running an international operation involving imports of counterfeit and...Read More


EU Institutions Reach Political Agreement on Regulating So-Called “Conflict Minerals”

5 Aug 2016

On 16 June 2016, a political understanding was reached by the European Parliament, Member State ministers and the European Commission. All but the smallest EU firms which import tin, tantalum, tungste...Read More


New EU Regulation on “Personal Protective Equipment” Imposes Stringent Requirements on Manufacturers and Importers

29 April 2016

On 31 March 2016, the Official Journal published Regulation 2016/425 on personal protective equipment (PPE). The new Regulation will repeal the previous law, namely, Council Directive 89/686/EEC, once...Read More


U.S. Sunglasses Standard (ANSI Z80.3: 2015) Updated

21 April 2016

U.S. voluntary industry standard for sunglasses has been revised and includes clarification of concepts and principles, as well as closer alignment with applicable provisions in other U.S. and interna...Read More


Proposed Revisions to Jewellery Guides, Gluten-Free Labelling for Fermented or Hydrolysed Foods Get More Time for Comments

11 March 2016

The Federal Trade Commission has extended from 4 April to 3 June the period for public comments on proposed revisions to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals and Pewter Industries, which provid...Read More


Brazil Bans Cadmium and Lead in Jewellery, Adopts or Proposes Requirements on Other Products

11 March 2016

INMETRO recently adopted a regulation (Directive 43/2016) prohibiting the sale in Brazil of jewellery containing more than 0.01 percent by weight of cadmium and/or more than 0.03 percent by weight of ...Read More


FTC Proposes Revisions to Jewellery Guides

22 Jan 2016

The Federal Trade Commission is accepting through 4 April comments on proposed revisions to its Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals and Pewter Industries, which provide advice to businesses on how...Read More


Amendment to European Standard EN ISO 12312-1; Eye and Face Protection – Sunglasses and Related Eyewear

9 Nov 2015

The European standard EN ISO 12312-1:2013; Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear has been amended and published as EN ISO 12312-1:2013 AMD 1 2015. This amendment aligns EN ISO 12312...Read More


Canada's New Regulatory Requirements for Non-Corrective Contact Lenses to Enter into Force July 2016

28 Aug 2015

The Canadian government has determined that the new regulatory requirements for non-corrective contact lenses should enter into force on 29 July 2016....Read More


RAPEX Used to Protect European Consumers from Chemicals Found in Consumer Goods such as Toys, Childcare Articles, Shoes, Jewellery and Textiles

26 June 2015

In a publication of earlier this month, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has highlighted that a quarter of all the notifications circulated to the EU Member States via the Commission’s RAPEX syste...Read More


ECHA Releases Definition of "Prolonged Skin Contact" for Nickel Directive

19 Nov 2014

The Nickel Directive is the European Union directive regulating the use of nickel in jewellery and other products that come into contact with the skin, in order to reduce the incidence of nickel aller...Read More


European Union extends transition period for EN ISO 12312-1 sunglasses and related eyewear

7 April 2014

On 13 December 2013, the transition date for the cessation of EN 1836 to show a presumption of conformity to the Personal Protective Equipment Directive (89/686/EEC) was set and announced in the Offic...Read More

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