Shoes and Footwear Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Shoes Footwear Regulations EU

Shoes and footwear imported and manufactured in the European Union are subject to various regulations and standards. In this guide, we cover Directive 94/11/EC, EN standards, GPSD, REACH, the PPE regulation, and other compliance requirements.

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List of Products Covered by CE Marking: An Overview

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Planning to import and sell products in the European Union, but not sure if your products must be CE marked? In this guide, we list toys, watches, electronics, PPE, and other products that fall within the scope of one or more CE marking directives and regulations in the EU. Continue reading List of Products Covered by CE Marking: An Overview

E-Bike Regulation & Standards in the European Union: An Overview

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E-bike Regulations in European Union

E-bikes are subject to various regulations and safety standards in the European Union. These cover everything mechanical safety of the bike frame to battery safety and electrical compliance requirements.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about the Machinery Directive, EN 15194, CE marking, documentation, and lab testing requirements applicable to e-bikes.

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Pet Product Regulations in the EU: A Practical Guide

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Planning to import and sell pet products in the European Union? In this guide, we cover essential EU regulations and standards that impact pet toys and accessories. This includes REACH, the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), and the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Notice that regulations covering pet food or drugs are not included in this article.
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How often should a product be lab tested?

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Lab testing frequency

Are you an importer or a manufacturer looking to test your product? Whether you need to identify the chemical composition of your product or you want to assess if your product meets the relevant safety requirements, ‘laboratory testing’ should be considered.

That being said, lab testing is not necessarily a “one and done” thing. For starters, you can expect that you will need to re-arrange testing if you ever change materials, components, make design changes, or manufacturer. It is also necessary to re-test products as standards are amended, and new standards are implemented.

However, some regulations require that you go one step further and implement a periodic lab testing program – even without any such changes.

This article presents information relating to how frequently lab testing should be done. In addressing the question, we compare several US and EU product regulations. This includes the CPSIA and FCC 47 CFR Part 15 in the US, and the Toy Safety and the EMC Directive in the EU.

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European Union Product Labelling Requirements: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import or export products to the European Union? In this guide, we explain what you must know about CE marking, WEEE symbol, textiles labels, tracking ID, and other mandatory labelling requirements in the European Union.

You will also learn which file formats to use when creating your label files and how to instruct your supplier.
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Food Contact Materials Lab Testing Guide: A Complete Guide

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Third-party testing is almost always necessary when importing or manufacturing food contact materials in the EU, US, and UK. In this guide, Niko Markkinen – FCM expert at Measurlabs in Finland, explains what brands must know about the following:

  • How to determine applicable FCM regulations and standards
  • Overall migration testing (OML)
  • Specific migration testing (SML)
  • How to determine the right test conditions
  • FCM testing costs
  • Number of required samples
  • Reasons why FCM testing fail

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Furniture Regulations in the European Union: A Complete Guide

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Furniture Regulations in the European Union

Planning to import or manufacture furniture for the European Union market? In this article, we cover several regulations, directives, and safety standards that apply to furniture in the EU. More specifically, the guide covers compliance requirements for wooden furniture, upholstered furniture, children’s furniture, and other products.

This includes the General Product Safety Directive, flammability standards, EUTR, the Toy Safety Directive, and REACH.
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Compliance Gate Platform Customer Case Study

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Background

Drevedy Watches is a brand owned by Love o Clock AB, based in Sweden. The company developed a new watch collection for launch in the autumn of 2022. This case study details how we helped them achieve the following through the Compliance Gate Platform:

1. Research relevant EU compliance requirements

2. Create mandatory documentation

3. Create label files

4. Book lab testing
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Fitness Product Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Fitness Products Regulations in the EU

Gym equipment and other fitness products sold in the European Union are covered by the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). In short, it’s your responsibility as an importer or manufacturer to ensure that your fitness products are safe for consumers – which in turn may require lab testing, labelling, and documentation.

You may also need to take additional regulations into consideration, in case you import or manufacture electrical fitness equipment.

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