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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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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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

Bicycle Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU: An Overview

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Bicycle Regulations European Union

Bicycles might pose substantial risks to the consumers, in the case they contain components that are defective or are designed without taking into account the necessary safety requirements. Like most consumer products placed in the European Union, bicycles require compliance with the relevant safety standards and regulations.

In this guide, we cover the General Product Safety Directive, REACH, relevant safety standards, and more, for products such as:

  • Racing bicycles
  • Mountain bikes
  • City bicycles
  • Trekking bicycles
  • Children’s bicycles

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Product Lab Testing Requirements in the European Union: An Overview

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Product Lab Testing Requirements European Union

Product testing can be applied and is often in practice compulsory when importing and manufacturing products in the European Union. In this guide, we explain lab testing requirements applicable to general consumer products, chemicals, and heavy metals, clothing and textiles, toys, electronics, medical devices, and other products. Continue reading Product Lab Testing Requirements in the European Union: An Overview

Sex Toy Safety Standards & Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Sex Toys Regulations European Union

Are you planning to manufacture or import sex toys to the European Union? In this guide, we introduce sex toy safety standards and regulations, including the world’s first sex toy standard – ISO 3533. This guide also covers the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), REACH, and other regulations.

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EU-type Examination Certificates for Importers: A Practical Guide

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EU Type Examination Certificate

Many products that require the CE mark can be ‘self-certified’ in the sense that you as an importer or manufacturer can arrange testing and prepare documentation (e.g. DoC and technical file) entirely on your own. However, when it comes to some product categories – an external review of the compliance procedure, including the DoC and technical file, is required.

In this guide, we explain how this works and why an EU-type examination certificate is a central component in this process.

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Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

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EU Button and Coin Battery Regulations

Button and coin batteries can be found in toys, remote controls, quartz watches, and various other products. Button and coin batteries are also potential safety hazards if swallowed. These batteries are therefore subject to safety standards and regulations in the European Union – which we cover in this guide. Continue reading Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

CE Certificate of Conformity: A Complete Guide

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CE Certificate Conformity

A CE Certificate of Conformity (CoC) essentially states that a certain product is compliant with one or more regulations, directives or standards. It also includes information about the conformity assessment performed, the issuing company, product information, and supplier.

In theory, this certificate is issued based on the issuing company reviewing or creating certain documents. This includes test reports and technical files.

However, as I will explain in this guide, far from all documents titled ‘Certificate of Conformity’ are valid and based on an actual conformity assessment. In short, many of these documents are invalid and can result in your products being subject to a recall, fines, or other penalties. Continue reading CE Certificate of Conformity: A Complete Guide