EN 71 Toy Safety Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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About to import or export toys to the European Union? EN 71 lab testing is the only way to verify if your products are compliant with the EU Toy Safety Directive. In this guide, we explain what you must know before booking a lab test, and why you should not take a factory test report at face value.

Overview
  • What is EN 71 toy safety testing?
  • Is EN 71 lab testing mandatory?
  • Why do I need a test report?
  • How do I know which EN 71 part applies to my product?
  • Can I use a test report from my supplier?
  • How do I know if a supplier is EN 71 certified?
  • EN 71 lab testing costs
  • List of EN 71 toy safety testing companies

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REACH Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of CHemicals) regulates chemicals, heavy metals and pollutants in all consumer products imported to or manufactured in the European Union.

Third-party lab testing is the only way to verify that your product or REACH compliant, and therefore legal to sell in the European Union.

In this guide, we explain what every importer and exporter must know about REACH lab testing. Continue reading REACH Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

How to Determine Applicable Product Safety Standards: 5 Methods

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How do you know which product safety standards and labeling requirements apply your product?

Finding information on product regulations, be it a simple t-shirt or a new electronic device, is often the hardest part of the compliance process. In this guide, we list official websites and service providers that can help you find out which regulations apply to your products.

This is covered

  • US Government Websites
  • EU Government Websites
  • Australian Government Websites
  • Online Platforms
  • Testing Companies
  • Compliance Consultants
  • Amazon Seller Central

In addition, you will also learn how lab testing companies and consultants can help you assess mandatory product regulations and standards for your products.

Compliance Checklist

You’re not going to get very far unless you know what to look for using the sources referenced in this guide. While requirements differ depending on the product, age group and country – you should use this universal product compliance checklist when assessing which regulations and standards apply to your product:

1. Confirm mandatory product regulations and directives (e.g. REACH and CPSIA)

2. Confirm applicable product standards (e.g. EN, ASTM and ISO)

3. Confirm applicable labeling requirements (e.g. CE and CPSIA Tracking Label)

4. Confirm applicable documentation/certification requirements (e.g. DoC and CPC)

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Electronic Product Compliance in Practice: By Fabien Gaussorgues

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Electronic product compliance goes beyond listing safety standards and paperwork. Ensuring compliance when importing, exporting or manufacturing electronic devices starts at the drawing board.

In this article, Fabien Gaussorgues of Sofeast Limited in Shenzhen, shares his profound technical expertise and explains what electronic product compliance really means in practice.

How do you normally assess which electronics standards and regulations apply to a product?

To generalize the very start of a New Product Specifications Development, the initial design requirements document would show what problem the product is going to solve and high level product expectations that will be experienced directly or indirectly by the end user. This document would also have design constraints such as size, weight, and major functionalities.

So now we have a starting point, it is time to start designing the product, this needs to be broken down into different components and documents such as:

  • Mechanical structure (e.g. a plastic case)
  • Electronic design
  • Assembly
  • Hardware requirements
  • User Interface (UI/UX if required)
  • System integration if product is integrated
  • Material considerations like recycling
  • Safety regulations (RoHS, CE, FCC)

You also need to consider the ease of manufacture and assembly at this stage, which in turn goes hand in hand with cost optimization. Continue reading Electronic Product Compliance in Practice: By Fabien Gaussorgues

European Union Product Labeling Requirements: A Beginner’s 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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CE Marking

CE mark

The CE mark indicates that the product is compliant with all applicable ‘CE directives’, such as RoHS, EN 71 Toy Safety Directive and the Low Voltage Directive.

The CE mark is mandatory for all products falling within the scope of one such directive. Further, the CE mark should not be affixed on a product that is not covered by a ‘CE directive’. Continue reading European Union Product Labeling Requirements: A Beginner’s Guide

Packaging Materials Regulations in the European Union

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Product compliance extends beyond the product itself, to the packaging materials used to protect and display the product. In this guide, we cover the essentials that all importers and exporters selling in the European Union must know about product packaging materials regulations.

This is covered

  • Directive 94/62/EC
  • REACH
  • Food Packaging Regulations
  • Labeling Requirements
  • Packaging Lab Testing

What is defined as a packaging material?

Packaging materials include both product packaging used for display and customer experience purposes, as well as protective packaging materials such as export cartons. However, in this guide, we primarily focus on the former category.

Product Packaging Examples

  • Watch boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic packaging
  • Food and beverage packaging

Packaging labeling

Note that packaging labeling requirements depend on the product, rather than the packaging material. Various packaging labels, including CE marking and WEEE marking, are covered in this guide.

Food Contact Materials

Additional regulations apply specifically to food and beverage packaging materials.

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Sunglasses & Eyewear Regulations in the European Union: A Complete Guide

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Sunglasses

Sunglasses and other eyewear imported, manufactured or sold in the European Union must comply with a range of safety standards, chemical regulations, and labeling requirements.

This is covered

  • PPE Directive
  • EN Standards
  • REACH
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Technical file
  • CE Marking

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive

Sunglasses and eyewear products are categorized as Personal protective equipment and under-regulated in EU countries. Before placing any sunglasses and eyewear products on the EU market, sit is Mandatory that the products are compliant with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) directive.

Noted that the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC has been repealed and replaced with EU 2016/245.

PPE Risk Categories

PPE products are categorized into three categories:

Category I: Includes PPE product that is intended to protect users.For example:

  • Sunglasses
  • Eye protectors for dust protection

Category II: Includes risks other than those listed in Categories I and III.

Category III: Includes PPE products that may cause serious consequences such as death or irreversible damage to health. For example:

  • Eye protectors for use at high temperatures
  • Eye protectors for use at extremely intensive IR radiation

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

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About to import or export clothing or other textiles for sale in the European Union? In this guide we cover everything you must know about the following:

  • REACH
  • Laboratory testing
  • EU Children’s Clothing Regulations
  • EU Textiles Labeling Rules

REACH: Chemicals & Heavy Metals

In general, REACH applies to all products including apparel and textiles products. In fact, hundreds of chemicals were used during the process of textile manufacturing. For example, sulfuric acid was used for clothes finishing. Therefore, it is essential to follow the REACH regulations in order to avoid harms to people. Continue reading Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the European Union: A Complete Guide