ASTM F963-17 Children’s Product Safety Requirements: An Overview

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ASTM F963-17

ASTM F963-17 is a safety standard for toys, covering chemicals and heavy metals, mechanical and physical properties, electrical safety, small parts, and flammability. Ensuring compliance with ASTM F963-17 is mandatory under CPSIA, for a wide range of toys and other children’s products.

In this guide, we explain what importers and brands must know about this standard, including its product scope, requirements, warning labels, lab testing procedures, and more.

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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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Wood & Bamboo Product Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

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Wood and bamboo products are subject to various regulations, covering standards, permits, testing, and documentation requirements. In this guide, we explain what American importers must know about compliance requirements applicable to wooden handicrafts, furniture, bamboo products, and more.

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Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

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Planning to manufacture, import, or sell clothing or other textiles in the United States? In this guide, we explain what you must know about chemical and heavy metals regulations, labeling requirements, lab testing, certification, and much more concerning textiles compliance in the United States. Continue reading Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

IEC Standards for Electronic and Electrical Products: A Complete Guide

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IEC standards

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) develops global standards for electrical and electronic products. IEC standards are often included or referenced in other mandatory standards, for example, UL standards and EN standards.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about IEC standards, covered products, international recognition, and much 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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UL Standards for Importers and Amazon Sellers: An Essential Guide

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UL Standards

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) develop standards for electronics and other products. These standards are often voluntary but serve as a reference point for ensuring that products are safe by design. In this guide, we explain what importers and Amazon sellers must know about UL standards, including product scope, examples, UL certification, UL listing, and more.

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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