Prefab House Regulations & Safety Standards in the European Union

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Prefab House Regulations in the EU

Prefabricated houses, or prefab homes, refer to construction products that are constructed off-site and transported to the building site to be completely assembled. In this guide, we present what importers and manufacturers must know about regulations and safety standards relevant to the prefab housing market in the European Union.

Construction products that are commonly referred to as “prefabricated” include:

  • Kit homes
  • Modular shipping container homes
  • Prefabricated panels
  • Mobile homes

This guide does not cover electrical appliances (like fridges, or air conditioners). However, we include information about electrical installations (such as electrical wiring).

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List of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Organisations in the EU

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(EPR) Organisations

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy that makes manufacturers and importers responsible for what happens to the packaging of their products after it has reached its post-consumer stage. This means that companies must pay a fee to an EPR organization, which in turn collects, disposes, and recycles their packaging.

In this guide, we introduce EPR organizations in different EU countries, that can help your company comply with national EPR requirements. Every EU member state has a list of approved EPR organizations. In this article, we only list organizations that are PRO Europe members, which covers most EU countries. Continue reading List of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Organisations in the EU

EU RoHS Directive Guide For Importers: An Overview

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RoHS Directive

The RoHS Directive restricts chemicals and heavy metals in electronic components, solder, and casing materials. Further, the RoHS Directive applies to essentially all electronic and electrical products imported or manufactured in the European Union.

The requirements of the directive go beyond that of substance restrictions. More specifically, it also covers CE marking and other labeling requirements, technical documentation, harmonised standards, and lab testing requirements.

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Wood and Bamboo Product Regulations in the EU: An Overview

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Wooden Products Regulations in the EU

Wood and bamboo products imported and manufactured in the EU are subject to traceability requirements, chemicals and substance restrictions, safety standards, and labeling requirements.

Examples include European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), the General Product Safety Directive, REACH, and various EN standards. This guide

Are you planning to sell wood or bamboo products in the European Union? In this guide, we cover what importers and Amazon sellers must know about the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), the General Product Safety Directive, REACH, and more.

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List of CE Marking Directives and Regulations: An Overview

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The CE mark indicates that a product is compliant with all applicable directives and regulations – which in turn requires the CE mark. Such ‘CE marking directives’ and regulations apply to a wide range of products, including electronics, toys, helmets, sunglasses, and medical devices.

In this guide, we list the directives and regulations for which the CE mark is required. Each directive and regulation also includes a product list and other requirements that EU importers and manufacturers must be aware of.

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Extended Producer Responsibility: An Essential Guide by The Green Dot

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Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) requires that businesses – including brands, importers, and manufacturers – share the cost of packaging waste disposal. In practice, this can mean that you must pay a fee to a national EPR organisation that manages this for you.

To better understand what EPR means in practice, we reached out to the Green Dot in Germany – one of the pioneers in setting up EPR for packaging in 1990. Continue reading Extended Producer Responsibility: An Essential Guide by The Green Dot

Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the European Union: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import clothing or textile products in the EU? In this guide, we introduce regulations and standards that importers or manufacturers placing clothing and textile products in the EU market should know. This includes REACH, the General Product Safety Directive, the Personal Protective Equipment Directive, and more. Continue reading Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the European Union: A Complete Guide

Bicycle Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU: An Overview

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Bicycle Regulations European Union

Bicycles might pose substantial risks to the consumers, in the case they contain components that are defective or are designed without taking into account the necessary safety requirements. Like most consumer products placed in the European Union, bicycles require compliance with the relevant safety standards and regulations.

In this guide, we cover the General Product Safety Directive, REACH, relevant safety standards, and more, for products such as:

  • Racing bicycles
  • Mountain bikes
  • City bicycles
  • Trekking bicycles
  • Children’s bicycles

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CE Marking and Product Lab Testing: A Practical Guide

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Product lab testing is in practice required when importing or manufacturing electronics, toys, sunglasses, and other products which require CE marking in the EU. In this guide, we cover everything from testing costs to identifying relevant standards for CE marked products.
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Product Lab Testing Requirements in the European Union: An Overview

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Product Lab Testing Requirements European Union

Product testing can be applied and is often in practice compulsory when importing and manufacturing products in the European Union. In this guide, we explain lab testing requirements applicable to general consumer products, chemicals, and heavy metals, clothing and textiles, toys, electronics, medical devices, and other products. Continue reading Product Lab Testing Requirements in the European Union: An Overview