Product User Instructions Requirements in the European Union: An Overview

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Product User Instructions

User instructions are generally speaking documents explaining how to install, properly use, and dispose of products. User instructions can also include battery replacement instructions, warning texts, and more.

While consumers often take user instructions for granted, many importers and manufacturers overlook the fact that user instructions are mandatory for a wide range of products in the European Union. Hence, failing to create a sufficient user instruction document can result in fines or a product recall.

Keep reading, and learn the basics that importers, manufacturers, and Amazon sellers must know about creating user instructions for electronics, toys, and many other consumer products. Continue reading Product User Instructions Requirements in the European Union: An Overview

Battery Directive Guide for EU Importers: An Overview

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Batteries

Planning to import batteries to the EU? In this guide, we introduce what importers and manufacturers should know about the Battery Directive, including restricted substances, labeling requirements, registration process, collection and recycling scheme, and testing companies providing product compliance services. Continue reading Battery Directive Guide for EU Importers: An Overview

Supplement Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Supplements

Planning or import or manufacture supplements in the European Union? In this guide, we cover the basics of substance restrictions, labeling, notification, documentation, and lab testing requirements for a range of supplements products in the EU.

Supplements are considered as food products in the EU and are mainly regulated by Directive 2002/46/EC – which we cover in more detail in this guide. That said, other regulations may apply if the supplements contain colorants or sweeteners. Continue reading Supplement Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

Small Parts Regulations and Warnings Requirements in the European Union

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Toys with small parts

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 and Warnings Requirements in the European Union

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. Continue reading Notified Bodies in the European Union: A Complete Guide

Mattress Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Mattress

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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Energy Labelling Framework Regulation: Guide for EU Importers

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LED Lamps

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

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Single Use Plastic Straws

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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Traceability information

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. Continue reading Product Traceability Requirements in the European Union: An Overview

Fumigation Regulations in the European Union: An Overview

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Fumigation Regulations European Union

EU Importers are responsible to ensure that their wood packaging materials like pallets, skids, containers, cases, and dunnages, and other plant products, are not infested with pests or parasites that could cause ecological damage to the local environment

In this article, we introduce EU regulations and international pest control standards, such as ISPM 15, for wooden products, such as wood packaging materials. Continue reading Fumigation Regulations in the European Union: An Overview