Packaging Recycling & Sustainability Symbols in the European Union

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EU recycling Packaging Symbols

Packaging symbols are used to indicate whether it is recyclable, made using sustainable materials, or requires separate collection.  In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers in the European Union must know about packaging recycling and sustainability symbols such as the Mobius loop, Green Dot, WEEE symbol, OK Compost Label, and the FSC Recycled symbol.

Even though using some of these schemes and symbols are voluntary, companies that use recyclable and sustainable packaging materials might still get a competitive advantage due to the fact that more customers prefer buying sustainable products. Also, some retailers might refuse to purchase your products, if your product or packaging is not recyclable or is made using sustainable materials.

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Which Countries Accept CE Marked Products?

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CE mark Accepted

CE marking is mandatory for electronics, toys, medical devices, PPE, and many other products in the European Union. That being said, the CE mark is sometimes compulsory for certain products in countries outside the EU – including Turkey. In other countries, certain aspects of the CE mark process – such as EN standards – are recognized.

In this guide, we explain what you need to know about the status of CE-marked products and EN standards in the United Kingdom, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, the United States, and elsewhere.

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Product Risk and Safety Assessment in the European Union: An Overview

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EU Risk Assessment

A Risk and Safety Assessment can be described as a document that lists potential safety hazards, and how you as an importer or manufacturer will act in case any of these risks become reality. Creating a risk and safety assessment document is mandatory when importing and manufacturing a range of products in the European Union, and that is what we cover in this guide.

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Magnet Safety Standards & Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Magnet Regulations EU

Magnets and products that contain magnets carry ingestion and other types of hazards, especially for young children. In this article, we cover EU regulations and EN standards that manufacturers, brands, and importers of magnets or magnetic materials need to comply with before selling in the EU. Continue reading Magnet Safety Standards & Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

PFAS Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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PFAS Regulations European Union

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals that have been used in certain consumer products for their ability to resist water and stains. Such products include cookware, clothing, furniture, and building materials.

In recent years, PFAS has been restricted by various regulations in the European Union for their toxicity to humans and the environment. In this article, we cover PFAS regulations in the EU – including covered products, testing requirements, and more.

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REACH Annex XVII Substances List: An Overview

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ANNEX XVII Substances List

REACH restrics chemicals, heavy metals, and other substances in consumer products sold in the European Union. That being said, different rules apply to substances that are considered as more harmful.

Substances listed in Annex XVII of the REACH regulation are considered to be more harmful and therefore restricted. The restrictions can differ – in terms of limits or an outright ban – depending on the product type and age group.

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REACH SVHC Substance List: An Overview

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REACH-SVHC-Substance-List

REACH restrics chemicals, heavy metals, and other substances in consumer products. When it comes to Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC)s, additional notification requirements apply to importers and manufacturers if a product contains an SVHC above a certain percentage.

In this guide, we explain what Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC)s are and list some of the more common SVHCs – such as DIPP, DPP, formaldehyde, and cadmium nitrate. Continue reading REACH SVHC Substance List: An Overview

List of Products Covered by the Construction Products Regulation 

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Construction Products

Importing or manufacturing construction products requires compliance with the EU Construction Products Regulation. The regulation sets out requirements such as safety and performance standards, documentation, and labeling.

In this guide, we provide a list of products that are referenced in Annex IV of the Construction Products Regulation. We also list applicable harmonised standards for each product category.
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List of Products Covered by the WEEE Directive

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WEEE Products List

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) Directive applies to electrical and electronic equipment waste and waste collection. It also covers labeling requirements used to indicate separate waste collection.

In this guide, we list examples of products covered by the WEEE Directive. We made the selection based on the product categories listed in the relevant annexes of the directive itself. We also include examples of relevant EN standards.

That said, keep in mind that WEEE covers essentially all electrical and electronic products – not only those listed in this guide.

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List of Product Liability Insurance Companies in the European Union

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European Union Product Liability Insurance

Manufacturers, importers, and online vendors selling products in the European Union are ultimately responsible for product safety and compliance. However, product safety issues can be caused by unforeseen manufacturing defects or supply chain-related issues.

In short, importers and manufacturers cannot entirely eliminate the risk of safety and compliance issues – resulting in personal injury or property damage.

Should the worst happen, product liability insurance can cover some of the costs involved. In this guide, we list some of Europe’s leading product liability insurance providers, located in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, and Scandinavia. Continue reading List of Product Liability Insurance Companies in the European Union