Lithium Battery Regulations and Standards in the EU: An Overview

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Lithium batteries can harm consumers in some circumstances, for example when damaged, defective, or exposed to too much heat. Thus, it is important to ensure that you follow regulations, standards, and other requirements, to minimise the risk of selling a dangerous product.

In this guide, we cover regulations and standards for lithium batteries, including their documentation, labelling, packaging, and lab testing requirements.

However, we do not cover regulations that only affect products containing batteries.
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List of RoHS Lab Testing Companies: An Overview

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RoHS lab testing companies can help you verify that your electronic products comply with the RoHS Directive in the European Union, or related RoHS regulations in other countries.

In this guide, we list several leading companies offering RoHS testing solutions for electronics sold in the EU and elsewhere.

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For this guide, we prioritised companies claiming to provide RoHS testing in more than one market, such as the European Union and the United States.

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Button Cell and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

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EU Button and Coin Battery Regulations

Button cell or coin batteries, including devices containing these, are subject to various regulations and safety standards in the EU. This includes the Battery Regulation, Toy Safety Directive, and the General Product Safety Regulation.

However, the requirements depend on various factors, such as age groups and the type of product the batteries are used for.

In this guide, we take a closer look into these requirements, to help you navigate the various regulations, directives, and standards related to button cell and coin batteries in the EU.

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Biocidal Products Regulation: An Essential Guide

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Biocidal Products Regulation

Products treated with biocides, and biocidal products imported or manufactured in the European Union must adhere to the requirements of the Biocidal Products Regulation. In some situations, even making biocidal claims about the product may trigger the requirements of the regulation, which include labelling, documentation and testing.

The Biocidal Products Regulation can therefore be applicable to, for example, socks designed to prevent odour. Another scenario could be underwear with claimed anti-bacterial properties.

The guide is split into two parts. The first half elaborates on the regulation’s requirements for treated products, such as garments. The second half focuses on requirements affecting biocidal products.
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LED Lighting Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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LED Lighting Safety Standards in the EU

Companies importing and manufacturing LED lighting products for the EU market must ensure compliance with various regulations and directives. These, in turn, set requirements concerning electrical safety, energy efficiency, labelling, documentation,  and lab testing.

This guide explains how different directives and regulations are relevant to LED lighting products, including the Low Voltage Directive, Ecodesign Directive, the Energy Labelling Framework Regulation, and the RoHS Directive.
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Language Requirements When Selling Products in the EU

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Language Requirements When Selling Products in the EU
Products sold in the European Union must often be labelled and come with documentation written in the language or languages required by the EU member states where these are sold. This can be challenging, as it forces companies selling in the EU to translate everything from warning texts to user instructions into multiple languages to stay compliant.

In this guide, we take a closer look at language requirements for products sold in the European Union – with a particular focus on the General Product Safety Regulation.
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What is the EU Digital Product Passport?

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EU Digital Product Passport
The Digital Product Passport is intended to replace the Declaration of Conformity for at least a number of product categories in the coming years. In this guide, we explain what the Digital Product Passport is, what to include, and how to obtain one – with Article 17 of the Toy Safety Regulation draft as our source.

However, keep in mind that this regulation is not final, and only relevant for toys. The exact requirements and processes will likely differ for other products.
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Market Surveillance Regulation: An Essential Guide

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Market Surveillance Regulation
The Market Surveillance Regulation aims at ensuring that products sold to consumers are safe and prevents general non-compliance.

For some categories of products, toys and electronics for example, it sets certain tasks that must be performed by manufacturers – or their authorised representative, in the case of non-EU manufacturers that sell to consumers in the EU, – and other economic operators.

In this guide, we explain what the requirements of the Market Surveillance Regulation are, what products it covers, and elaborate on its impact on manufacturers, importers, and other economic operators from both EU and non-EU countries. This includes businesses based in the United Kingdom.
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CE Marking Requirements for Amazon Sellers: A Complete Guide

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Selling electronics, toys, PPE, and medical devices on Amazon in the European Union requires that your products are correctly CE marked – or you face the risk of immediate and permanent product removal.

In this guide, we explain what Amazon sellers must know about CE marking, and why it also affects companies located in the UK, US and China – that are selling certain product types on Amazon in the EU.

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EU Medical Device Classes Guide – Class I, IIa, IIb, and III

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EU Medical Device Classes Guide - I, IIa, IIb, and IIIThe Medical Devices Regulation sets requirements according to device class. More specifically, medical devices are defined as class I, IIa, IIb, or III. In turn, this determines certain requirements, and which conformity assessment procedure the manufacturer must follow.

In this guide, we present the different classes for medical devices, explain how medical devices must be classified, delve into the classification rules, and explore the implications of each classification.

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