LED Lighting Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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LED Lighting Safety Standards in the EU

Companies importing and manufacturing LED lighting products for the EU market must ensure compliance with various regulations and directives. These, in turn, set requirements concerning electrical safety, energy efficiency, labelling, documentation,  and lab testing.

This guide explains how different directives and regulations are relevant to LED lighting products, including the Low Voltage Directive, Ecodesign Directive, the Energy Labelling Framework Regulation, and the RoHS Directive.
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Language Requirements When Selling Products in the EU

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Language Requirements When Selling Products in the EU
Products sold in the European Union must often be labelled and come with documentation written in the language or languages required by the EU member states where these are sold. This can be challenging, as it forces companies selling in the EU to translate everything from warning texts to user instructions into multiple languages to stay compliant.

In this guide, we take a closer look at language requirements for products sold in the European Union – with a particular focus on the General Product Safety Regulation.
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What is the EU Digital Product Passport?

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EU Digital Product Passport
The Digital Product Passport is intended to replace the Declaration of Conformity for at least a number of product categories in the coming years. In this guide, we explain what the Digital Product Passport is, what to include, and how to obtain one – with Article 17 of the Toy Safety Regulation draft as our source.

However, keep in mind that this regulation is not final, and only relevant for toys. The exact requirements and processes will likely differ for other products.
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US Law Label Requirements For Importers: A Complete Guide

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US law labels are mandatory for stuffed products in most US states. Such products can include beddings, stuffed toys, bean bags, and other stuffed products. The purpose of a law label is to inform the consumer of the filling material.

However, what makes this requirement somewhat complex is that law labels are regulated on a state level. Hence, the product scope, labeling, and registration requirements differ between states.

Methodology: This guide is primarily based on law labeling requirements in California, under Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation Act Rules and Regulations.
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Market Surveillance Regulation: An Essential Guide

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Market Surveillance Regulation
The Market Surveillance Regulation aims at ensuring that products sold to consumers are safe and prevents general non-compliance.

For some categories of products, toys and electronics for example, it sets certain tasks that must be performed by manufacturers – or their authorised representative, in the case of non-EU manufacturers that sell to consumers in the EU, – and other economic operators.

In this guide, we explain what the requirements of the Market Surveillance Regulation are, what products it covers, and elaborate on its impact on manufacturers, importers, and other economic operators from both EU and non-EU countries. This includes businesses based in the United Kingdom.
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CE Marking Requirements for Amazon Sellers: A Complete Guide

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Selling electronics, toys, PPE, and medical devices on Amazon in the European Union requires that your products are correctly CE marked – or you face the risk of immediate and permanent product removal.

In this guide, we explain what Amazon sellers must know about CE marking, and why it also affects companies located in the UK, US and China – that are selling certain product types on Amazon in the EU.

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Amazon Clothing & Textiles Requirements For Sellers: An Overview

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Amazon Clothing Requirements for Sellers

If you sell clothing and textiles on Amazon, you must ensure that your products comply with various rules, regulations, and standards. In this guide, we explain some of these requirements, including requirements for children’s clothing, dangerous goods, and packaging.

Also, we only considered requirements that pertain to selling clothing and textiles in the United States, and we refer to US regulations, such as 16 CFR Part 1615 – Standard for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear: Sizes 0 Through 6X (FF 3-71). Note that requirements in other markets, such as the EU, the UK or Australia, are different.

Methodology: We used information that we found on Amazon Seller Central Guidance pages hosted on Amazon.com (US version). We linked to some of these documents in the sections below.

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Amazon Lithium Batteries Requirements For Sellers: An Overview

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Lithium Batteries Requirements

Selling lithium batteries and products that contain lithium batteries on Amazon requires compliance with various regulations, safety standards, and other requirements. These includes UL standards, also dangerous goods requirements.

This guide covers different types of lithium batteries and the requirements that apply in terms of standards. We also take a look at button and coin batteries which are covered by additional requirements.

This guide only takes requirements related to selling lithium batteries on Amazon in the United States into consideration. Note that similar requirments also apply when selling products on Amazon in the European Union, Australia, Japan, and elsewhere, although specific requirements may differ.

Methodology: We used information that we found on Amazon Seller Central Guidance pages hosted on Amazon.com (US version). We link to some of these pages, in the sections below.

We also refer to US regulations, such as 16 CFR Part 1263 – Safety Standard for Button Cell or Coin Batteries and Consumer Products Containing Such Batteries.

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EU Medical Device Classes Guide – Class I, IIa, IIb, and III

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EU Medical Device Classes Guide - I, IIa, IIb, and IIIThe Medical Devices Regulation sets requirements according to device class. More specifically, medical devices are defined as class I, IIa, IIb, or III. In turn, this determines certain requirements, and which conformity assessment procedure the manufacturer must follow.

In this guide, we present the different classes for medical devices, explain how medical devices must be classified, delve into the classification rules, and explore the implications of each classification.

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List of California Proposition 65 Product Testing Companies: An Overview

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If you manufacture or import products into California, you must ensure that your products comply with California Proposition 65 – which restricts the use of over 900 substances in consumer products.

Compliance with California Proposition 65 requires you to ensure that your product does not contain restricted substances above a certain limit – or attach warning labels. In order to verify the substance content, third-party lab testing is often required.

In this guide, we list several companies that offer testing against the substances restricted by California Proposition 65

Methodology

In this guide, we chose companies that claim to offer California Proposition 65 testing and other related services. We also prioritized companies with testing facilities in the United States and Asia.

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a. California Proposition 65 Guide for US Importers & Amazon Sellers

b. List of Products Covered by California Proposition 65: An Overview

c. California Proposition 65 Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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