Buying EN Standards Online: A How-To Guide

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EN Standards

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EN standards cover everything from electrical safety and substances, to mechanical toy safety. It’s often necessary that importers and manufacturers carefully study the technical aspects of all relevant EN standards even at the early stages of product development. That said, EN standards are generally not available for free – but must be purchased online.

Further, EN standards can often be purchased both digitally (PDF file) or as a physical hardcopy.

In this guide, we list several online stores where you can buy EN standards covering electronics, toys, textiles, medical devices, machinery, and many other product categories. Continue reading Buying EN Standards Online: A How-To Guide

Product User Instructions Requirements in the European Union

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Product User Instructions

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User instructions are generally speaking documents explaining how to install, properly use, and dispose of products. User instructions can also include battery replacement instructions, warning texts, and more.

While consumers often take user instructions for granted, many importers and manufacturers overlook the fact that user instructions are mandatory for a wide range of products in the European Union. Hence, failing to create a sufficient user instruction document can result in fines or a product recall.

Keep reading, and learn the basics that importers, manufacturers, and Amazon sellers must know about creating user instructions for electronics, toys, and many other consumer products.

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Battery Directive Guide for EU Importers: An Overview

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Batteries

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Planning to import batteries to the EU? In this guide, we introduce what importers and manufacturers should know about the Battery Directive, including restricted substances, labeling requirements, registration process, collection and recycling scheme, and testing companies providing product compliance services. Continue reading Battery Directive Guide for EU Importers: An Overview

Baby Carrier Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU: An Overview

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Baby Carrier

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Baby carriers imported to and manufactured in the European Union must be designed to comply with safety standards in mind. There are also chemicals and heavy metals restrictions to factor in. In addition, baby carriers must also be correctly labeled, lab tested, and documented.

In this guide, we cover what EU-based importers and manufacturers must know about baby carrier compliance requirements, including GPSD, EN 13209-1, EN 13209-2, REACH, and more.

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Supplement Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Supplements

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Planning or import or manufacture supplements in the European Union? In this guide, we cover the basics of substance restrictions, labeling, notification, documentation, and lab testing requirements for a range of supplements products in the EU.

Supplements are considered as food products in the EU and are mainly regulated by Directive 2002/46/EC – which we cover in more detail in this guide. That said, other regulations may apply if the supplements contain colorants or sweeteners.

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Small Parts Regulations & Warnings Requirements in the European Union

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Planning to import or manufacture toys and other children’s products in the European Union? In this guide, we cover what you must know about small parts bans, and how small parts for certain age groups, and how ‘small parts’ are defined. Continue reading Small Parts Regulations & Warnings Requirements in the European Union

RoHS Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive restricts chemicals and heavy metals in electronic products imported to or manufactured in the European Union. Ensuring compliance requires lab testing at some level in the supply chain – be it the final assembled product, individual components, or even raw materials. In many cases, importers opt for a combination of these.

In this guide, we explain what you must know about RoHS lab testing options, costs, substance limitations, compliance risks, Amazon requirements, and more. Continue reading RoHS Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

European Authorised Representatives: What Amazon Sellers & Exporters Must Know

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Until now it’s largely been a free for all when it comes to selling products cross-border to consumers in the European Union. As of July 2021, this changes drastically. Non-EU companies selling B2C to consumers in the European Union will be required to have an EU address on the packaging.

Packages without an EU address may be seized and destroyed – without any form of compensation to either the seller or the buyer. The solution may at first sound as simple as using a virtual address and expect business as usual.

This is not the case, as you can only use the address of a European Authorised Representative – who in turn will only allow you to use their address if you can provide evidence that your product is safe and fully compliant.

In this guide, we explain what Amazon sellers, cross-border e-commerce businesses, export manufacturers, and logistics companies must know about European Authorised Representatives in 2021 and beyond.

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European Union Product Labeling 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, textiles labels, toy age warning, tracking ID, and other mandatory labeling requirements in Europe.

You will also learn which file formats to use when creating your label files and how to instruct your supplier.

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Notified Bodies in the European Union: A Complete Guide

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The role of a Notified Body is to assess if a product is technically safe and compliant, correctly documented, and (in some cases) manufactured under the right conditions. In a way, the Notified Body act as a gatekeeper to the EU market – for more ‘high-risk’ and ‘sensitive’ products that cannot be ‘self-certified’.

That said, Notified Bodies are not government organizations. Instead, companies like Intertek and TUV are appointed to act as Notified Bodies for certain product categories.

In this guide, we explain what importers, exporters, and manufacturers must know about Notified Bodies and how they operate.

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