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

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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Mattress Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Planning to import or manufacture mattresses for the EU market? In this guide, we cover the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), EN standards, flammability, REACH, labeling, and other compliance requirements applicable to mattresses in the European Union.

Mentioned products

  • Queen size mattresses
  • King size mattresses
  • Water mattresses
  • Air mattresses
  • Children’s mattresses
  • Upholstered bed bases

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EU Ecolabel Guide For Importers & Manufacturers

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The EU Ecolabel signals that the product has been made using more eco-friendly processes, and materials. The EU Ecolabel is voluntary and requires that you can provide evidence supporting that your product meets certain criteria.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about EU Ecolabeling requirements for textiles, footwear, furniture, cosmetics, flooring, electronic displays, and paper products.

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EU Energy Labelling Framework Regulation: Guide for EU Importers

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The purpose of the Energy Label is to inform the consumer of the energy efficiency for certain products. Such products include washing machines, refrigerators, TVs, Air Conditioners, and other home appliances. Note that the Energy Label is mandatory if your product falls within the scope of the Energy Label Framework Regulation.

In this guide, we explain what EU importers and manufacturers must know about label creation, energy efficiency classes, and more.

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List of European Authorized Representative Companies 2021

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As of July 2021, non-EU companies selling products to consumers in the European Union must have a European Authorised Representative. Products shipped into the EU must also have the address of the authorised representative.

In this article, we list companies offering European Authorised Representative services for electronics, toys, food contact materials, cosmetics, medical devices, and other products.

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Single-Use Plastic Regulations in the  European Union: An Overview

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Single-use plastics generally refer to certain types of disposable plastic products. For example, this includes everyday items such as plastic straws, cups, and shopping bags. That said, the single-use plastics are on the way out, and the European Union is taking the lead.

Keep reading, and learn what importers and manufacturers must know about single-use plastics regulations in the European Union.

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Product Traceability Requirements in the European Union: An Overview

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Product traceability requirements exist to ensure that products can be traced to a certain importer or manufacturer, production facility, SKU, and even production run. The latter is particularly important as it enables market surveillance authorities (and sellers) to identify and trace unsafe and non-compliant products – and thereby limiting product recalls to faulty batches.

Product traceability labeling is mandatory for a wide range of products, such as electronics, kitchen products, toys, and much more. Still, product traceability is often overlooked by importers and manufacturers.

Keep reading, and learn what importers and manufacturers must learn about different types of product traceability requirements in the European Union.

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