List of Products Covered by the General Product Safety Directive

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The General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) requires that all products sold in the EU are generally safe to use. Hence, the GPSD can be said to apply to all product categories. However, the GPSD does reference product-specific standards – known as harmonised standards.

In this guide, we list several product categories covered by GPSD harmonised standards, and explain how the GPSD can apply even if no such standards exist for your product.

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Harmonised Product Standards in the European Union: An Overview

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Harmonised standards in the European Union refer to standards referenced under certain directives and regulations, such as the Toy Safety Directive or the Personal Protective Equipment Regulation. Whereas the directives and regulations provide more general compliance requirements on safety, labeling, and documentation – harmonised standards serve as practical ‘blueprints’ that can be followed to implement said compliance requirements for specific products.

In this guide, we explain how to identify relevant harmonised standards and how the implementation can work. We also list some examples of such standards for toys, electronics, PPE, and many other product categories.

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List of UK Authorised Representative Companies 2021: Our Top 10 Picks

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Looking for an Authorised Representative in the UK to ensure that you can keep selling to consumers in Britain? In this guide, we list companies offering UK AR services to sellers in the EU, China, the United States, and many other countries.

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European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) Guide For Importers

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European Union Timber Regulation

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Timber and certain wooden products imported to the European Union must comply with the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). This regulation’s primary objective is to ensure that timber and some wooden products don’t originate from illegally logged forests.

In this guide, we explain what EUTR means in practice, in terms of covered product categories, supply chain monitoring, and documentation.

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REACH Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation sets bans, limitations, and notification requirements for chemicals, heavy metals, and other harmful substances. The regulation covers consumer products imported to or manufactured in the European Union.

REACH lab testing is necessary in order to determine whether a product or material is compliant. In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about the testing process, why testing is important, cost examples, and more.

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List of European Union Product Regulations: An Overview

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European Union Product Regulations

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Essentially all products imported and manufactured in the European Union are subject to one or more product regulations, directives, or safety standards. In this guide, we provide a comprehensive overview of product regulations covering chemicals and heavy metals, general safety, toy safety, electrical safety, energy efficiency, and much more.

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List of REACH Consulting Companies: Our 9 Top Picks

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REACH compliance consulting firms are specialized in helping importers, brands, and manufacturers comply with the EU REACH regulation. For example, this includes everything from understanding the specific chemical and heavy metals restrictions for certain products and materials, lab testing services, documentation, and registration.

In this guide, we list some of the world’s leading consulting firms offering REACH compliance services. While REACH is an EU regulation, many of the listed companies are based outside the European Union, including the United States, China, and the UK.

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List of Product Compliance Consultants & Law Firms in the European Union

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European Union Product Compliance Consultants and Law Firms

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Compliance consultants can help with everything from researching safety standards to the actual creation of user manuals, label files, and compliance documents. They can act as a helping hand throughout the entire compliance process, or only take care of specific parts.

In this guide, we list some of the more well-known and established compliance consulting firms and law firms offering various types of product compliance-related services in the European Union.

Each company profile includes an introduction, service overview, and product scope.

Listed Companies

  • INSTRKTIV
  • Zatisfy
  • ProductIP
  • Compliance & Risks
  • B-Lands Consulting
  • Ringtved Consult
  • Global Norm
  • ALSTER Consulting
  • CIRS
  • Trade-e-bility
  • Beacon Regulatory Consulting
  • MC Medical Concept

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Product Regulations Websites in the United Kingdom

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Product Regulations Websites in the United Kingdom

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Finding accurate information about product regulations and safety requirements in Post-Brexit UK is a struggle for many importers and manufacturers. That said, the UK authorities do a fairly good job when it comes to providing accessible information on British compliance requirements, and how these are impacted by the UK’s departure from the European Union.

In this guide, we list some of the most important websites covering product safety, certification, labeling, lab testing, and other compliance requirements in the United Kingdom. Continue reading Product Regulations Websites in the United Kingdom

European Union Product Recall Guide For Importers & Manufacturers

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Unsafe and non-compliant products can be subject to recalls. This essentially means that you as a seller must arrange the return, replacement, and possible refund of the affected product. Product recalls are incredibly expensive and can spell disaster for smaller businesses.

Further, products can be subject to a recall for a variety of reasons, including chemical content, design safety flaws, incorrect labeling, and documentation.

In this guide, we help importers and manufacturers better understand how the recall process works in the EU. We also cover common safety hazards that can lead to a recall, the EU RAPEX system, and Amazon’s policy on product recalls.

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