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

Laser Device Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Laser devices cover everything from basic laser pointers to hair removal lasers and laser welding machines. In this guide, we cover European Union compliance requirements for a wide range of laser applications in cosmetic dermatology, medical devices, machinery, and measurements.

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Medical Devices EU Authorised Representative & UK Responsible Person – Q&A: International Associates Limited

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Medical Devices are one of, if not the most, complicated, and tightly regulated products to place on the market within the European Union and the United Kingdom. This is not helped by the change from the Medical Device Directive to the new Medical Device Regulations which come into force in May 2021. This has been further complicated by Brexit as different regulations apply in different areas.

The first step is to identify if the product is actually a Medical Device and then which of the Regulation actually applies. Keep reading, and learn what you must know in this article written by International Associates Limited in the UK. Continue reading Medical Devices EU Authorised Representative & UK Responsible Person – Q&A: International Associates Limited

Warning Labeling Requirements for Children’s Product in the European Union

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Warning labels are mandatory for a wide range of toys and other children’s products in the European Union. In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about age warnings, choking hazard warnings, adult supervision warnings, and other warning labeling requirements.

Further, keep in mind that the examples in this guide might already be outdated, so you should not use this guide as anything but an introduction to the concept of warning labels for toys and other children’s products.

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Children’s School Supplies & Stationery Regulations in the European Union

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Children’s school supplies and stationary are subject to various safety standards, testing, and labeling requirements in the European Union. In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about the Toy Safety Directive, CE marking, REACH, GPSD, EN standards – and other compliance requirements applicable to children’s school supplies and stationary.

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Children’s Jewelry Regulations in the European Union

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Children’s jewelry is subjected to several safety standards and regulations concerning substance restrictions, physical properties, and more.

In this guide, we discuss applicable regulations and directives such as REACH, the General Product Safety Directive, and the Toy Safety Directive, which apply to jewelry that has a play value. More specifically, we cover EN standards, documentation, labeling, and lab testing requirements.

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Toy Safety Directive: Guide for EU Importers

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Toys sold in the European Union must comply with the Toy Safety Directive. Ensuring compliance with the Toy Safety Directive, in turn, requires that the importer or manufacturer follows certain safety standards, documentation, labeling, and lab testing requirements.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about EN standards, DoC, user manuals, lab testing, CE marking, compliance risks, and more.

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Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation in the European Union

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Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are chemical compounds that can be found in certain types of consumer products, such as apparel & textiles, upholstered furniture, and electronic components. POPs are restricted in the EU under the POPs Regulation. Continue reading Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation in the European Union