OK Compost Certification Scheme: An Overview

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OK compost

Do you plan to affix either the OK compost INDUSTRIAL label or the OK compost HOME label to your products or packaging?

This article explains what importers and manufacturers should know about the OK compost certification scheme, including its application process, required documentation, testing, and labelling.
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Lacey Act Guide for US Importers and Manufacturers

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Lacey Act
The Lacey Act is relevant for consumer brands in the sense that it covers wood and other plant products. It also covers animal and other wildlife products. In this guide, you will learn what US companies must be aware of when it comes to its product scope, declaration requirements, and much more.

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For how long are lab test reports valid?

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Lab Test Report Validity

Test reports usually don’t have a clearly defined validity date. However, that does not mean that the test report is valid indefinitely. There are many scenarios in which a test report is rendered either outdated or for other reasons no longer applicable to a certain product.
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Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation (UPLR): A Complete Guide

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Packaging Labeling

The Uniform Packaging and Labelling Regulation applies to product packaging in most US states. It requires importers and manufacturers to include specific information about the product, seller, and packaging contents. In this guide, we explain the basics of UPLR labeling requirements.
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Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) for Importers & Manufacturers

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Fair Packaging and Labeling Act

The FPLA covers labeling requirements for consumer products sold in the United States. It requires that packaging content is correctly declared, which includes weight, quantity, and measurements.

That being said, its application can differ depending on the product inside the packaging. In this guide, we explain what US importers and manufacturers must know about the FPLA.

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Hair Extension Standards and Regulations in the European Union

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Hair Extension Standards and Regulations in the European Union

This guide covers regulations, standards, and labelling requirements applicable to hair extensions sold in the European Union. We also explain the differences between non-flame-retardant and flame-retardant synthetic fibres used for manufacturing hair extensions, and how certain brands opt to comply with standards not originally intended for hair extensions. Continue reading Hair Extension Standards and Regulations in the European Union

An Essential Guide to the REACH Regulation in the EU

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REACH Guide

Are you a manufacturer or importer interested in placing consumer products in the EU market? Most consumer products have to comply with the REACH regulation.

Complying with the regulation may involve observing specific labelling, testing, registration, and documentation requirements. In this article, we cover the regulation’s applications and its requirements and address common questions associated with the topic. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)’s official site is used as a source in this article.

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Voluntary Product Safety Standards: An Essential Guide

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Are you thinking about having your product meet voluntary product safety standards? Some might consider it to be costly and time-consuming. However, there are compelling reasons to do so, not to mention that it may help you avoid civil liability in some jurisdictions.

In this article, we present common questions associated with voluntary product safety standards and present the business case for adopting such voluntary standards.
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ETL Certification and Marking: A Complete Guide

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ETL Certification & Marking

Intertek has a long history of providing testing and certification services to clients wanting to ensure their products conform to relevant safety standards and regulations. This includes the ETL Certification Program. ETL stands for Electrical Testing Laboratories, which is Interteks lab testing branch.

When products have been tested and found to be compliant with the program’s requirements, manufacturers and importers can affix the ETL Mark on their products.

There are several types of ETL marks that can be used by companies whose products have been found compliant, including the ETL Listed Mark and the ETL Verified Mark.

This guide includes a list of ETL-covered products, information about ETL Certification, ETL Mark, and ETL Listing. Additionally, we explain the necessary steps that must be taken to ensure compliance, and how much it costs to have your products certified via Intertek’s ETL Certification Program.

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ASTM F963-17 Children’s Product Safety Standard: An Overview

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ASTM F963-17 is a safety standard for toys, covering chemicals and heavy metals, mechanical and physical properties, electrical safety, small parts, and flammability. Ensuring compliance with ASTM F963-17 is mandatory under CPSIA, for a wide range of toys and other children’s products.

Notice that this guide is written only based on publicly available information on this page. You need to buy the standard in order to access the contents of ASTM F963.

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