European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) Guide For Importers

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European Union Timber Regulation

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Timber and certain wooden products imported to the European Union must comply with the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). This regulation’s primary objective is to ensure that timber and some wooden products don’t originate from illegally logged forests.

In this guide, we explain what EUTR means in practice, in terms of covered product categories, supply chain monitoring, and documentation.

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REACH Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation sets bans, limitations, and notification requirements for chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful substances. The regulation covers consumer products imported to or manufactured in the European Union.

REACH lab testing is necessary in order to determine whether a product or material is compliant. In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about the testing process, why testing is important, cost examples, and more.

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List of European Union Product Regulations: An Overview

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European Union Product Regulations

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Essentially all products imported and manufactured in the European Union are subject to one or more product regulations, directives, or safety standards. In this guide, we provide a comprehensive overview of product regulations covering chemicals and heavy metals, general safety, toy safety, electrical safety, energy efficiency, and much more.

Note: This guide does not cover all product regulations and directives in the EU. Our main focus is listing product regulations and directives applicable to consumer products. Continue reading List of European Union Product Regulations: An Overview

List of REACH Consulting Companies: Our 9 Top Picks

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REACH compliance consulting firms are specialized in helping importers, brands, and manufacturers comply with the EU REACH regulation. For example, this includes everything from understanding the specific chemical and heavy metals restrictions for certain products and materials, lab testing services, documentation, and registration.

In this guide, we list some of the world’s leading consulting firms offering REACH compliance services. While REACH is an EU regulation, many of the listed companies are based outside the European Union, including the United States, China, and the UK.

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List of Product Compliance Consultants & Law Firms in the European Union

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European Union Product Compliance Consultants and Law Firms

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Compliance consultants can help with everything from researching safety standards to the actual creation of user manuals, label files, and compliance documents. They can act as a helping hand throughout the entire compliance process, or only take care of specific parts.

In this guide, we list some of the more well-known and established compliance consulting firms and law firms offering various types of product compliance-related services in the European Union.

Each company profile includes an introduction, service overview, and product scope.

Listed Companies

  • INSTRKTIV
  • Zatisfy
  • ProductIP
  • Compliance & Risks
  • B-Lands Consulting
  • Ringtved Consult
  • Global Norm
  • ALSTER Consulting
  • CIRS
  • Trade-e-bility
  • Beacon Regulatory Consulting
  • MC Medical Concept

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European Union Product Recall Guide For Importers & Manufacturers

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Unsafe and non-compliant products can be subject to recalls. This essentially means that you as a seller must arrange the return, replacement, and possible refund of the affected product. Product recalls are incredibly expensive and can spell disaster for smaller businesses.

Further, products can be subject to a recall for a variety of reasons, including chemical content, design safety flaws, incorrect labeling, and documentation.

In this guide, we help importers and manufacturers better understand how the recall process works in the EU. We also cover common safety hazards that can lead to a recall, the EU RAPEX system, and Amazon’s policy on product recalls.

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Product Safety & Compliance Websites in the European Union

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Finding information about product regulations in the European Union requires that you learn how to navigate both EU-level websites and those of national market surveillance authorities. In this guide, we list some of the most important EU level and national compliance websites in the EU, helping you find information about REACH, CE marking, product directives, and much more. Continue reading Product Safety & Compliance Websites in the European Union

Heavy Metals Product & Material Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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Third-party heavy metals lab testing is mandatory for a wide range of products in the European Union, United States, Australia, and many other countries. In this guide, we explain what all importers must know about heavy metals testing costs, materials, limitations, risks, and how to handle failed test results. Continue reading Heavy Metals Product & Material Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

Electronic Product Lab Testing in the European Union

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Verifying compliance with the Low Voltage Directive, RoHS, EMC Directive, RED and other EU electronics compliance requirements require lab testing. In this guide, I share my experience with electronics lab testing – including cost examples, failure risks, using supplier test reports, and much more. Continue reading Electronic Product Lab Testing in the European Union

Clothing & Textiles Product Lab Testing in the European Union

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Clothing and textiles lab testing helps importers and brands verify compliance with chemical and heavy metals restrictions, safety standards, and flammability standards. In this guide, I explain why testing is necessary, how you can reduce costs, manage failed test results, and much more. Continue reading Clothing & Textiles Product Lab Testing in the European Union