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Swedish Chemicals Agency Finds Hexavalent Chromium in Leather Products

6 Dec 2019

On 13 November 2019, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) published the results of an investigation into hazardous substances contained in common leather products. The investigation covered a total of 7...Read More


New EU Law Restricts Formaldehyde in Different Types of Material Used in Toys

28 Nov 2019

On 20 November 2019, the Official Journal published Commission Directive 2019/1929, amending a specific section of the EU’s framework law, Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys. The newly publish...Read More


Revised Limits for Aluminium in Toys Adopted for Application EU-wide

26 Nov 2019

On 19 November 2019, the Official Journal of the EU published Commission Directive 2019/1922 which amends the EU’s framework toy safety law, Directive 2009/48/EC, as regards aluminium. Hong Kong selle...Read More


EU Ministers Agree on New VAT Rules to Fight Fraud in the E-commerce Sector

22 Nov 2019

On 8 November 2019, the European Commission announced that the EU's VAT system is set to be further equipped to tackle fraud in the e-commerce sector, following new rules agreed by Member States on th...Read More


New Exemptions Under EU RoHS Law Published by European Commission

15 Nov 2019

On 5 November 2019, the Official Journal of the EU published two new Directives, both amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic eq...Read More


EU Environment Ministers Call for More Sustainable Action in, Among Others, Textiles and Electronics Sectors

12 Nov 2019

The Council of the European Union (the “Council”), bringing together the environment ministers from all EU Member States, has adopted conclusions on the transition to a sustainable society. It is a ca...Read More


Sexist Toys Targeted by Dutch Minister and France

5 Nov 2019

Last month, the Dutch minister for Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, was questioned in the Dutch Parliament following her statement published in a Dutch newspaper in which she ha...Read More


EU Court Annuls Anti-dumping Duties Imposed on Imports of Solar Glass Originating in Mainland China

15 Oct 2019

In an anti-dumping case that is likely to be interest to traders with export interests in mainland China, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) has issued a judgment. The judgment ...Read More


Ecodesign Measures Adopted for Availability of Spare Parts Covering Wide Range of Consumer Goods

8 Oct 2019

On 1 October 2019, the European Commission adopted ten ecodesign implementing regulations, setting out energy efficiency and other requirements for product groups which include refrigerators and elect...Read More


European Commission to Implement Adjustments to Steel Safeguard Measures

3 Oct 2019

On 27 September 2019, the European Commission confirmed that it will adjust its current steel safeguard measures in accordance with its proposal, communicated on 14 August 2019. Importantly, this deci...Read More


EU Court Dismisses Action Filed by Zhejiang Jndia Pipeline Industry Co. Ltd Against Anti-dumping Measures

30 Sept 2019

On 19 September 2019 the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) issued a judgement dismissing an action for annulment filed by Zhejiang Jndia Pipeline Industry Co. Ltd (“Zhejiang Jndia”...Read More


Denmark to Ban Certain Chemicals Found to Be Harmful in Food Packaging

23 Sept 2019

Denmark is to go ahead with a proposed ban on all organic fluorinated compounds in paper and cardboard food packaging materials in advance of EU-wide action, the country's Ministry of Environment and ...Read More


New EU Regulation Prevents Imposition of Multiple Trade Remedy Tariffs on Certain Steel Products

10 Sept 2019

On 3 September 2019, a new Regulation was published whereby the European Commission has suspended EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on imports of certain steel products from several countries,...Read More


French Minister Reveals Plans to Reform VAT Collection in the E-commerce Realm

9 Sept 2019

On 22 August 2019, the French Minister of Public Action and Accounts, Gérald Darmanin, in an interview with the French financial newspaper “Les Échos,” revealed plans to reform the collection of VAT f...Read More


EU Court Rules on Adidas Three-stripe EU Trademark Used for Clothing, Hats and Shoes

27 Aug 2019

The General Court of the European Union (General Court) has denied the appeal made by Adidas AG (Adidas), the well-known German sportswear manufacturer, to overturn a decision of the Second Board of A...Read More


European Commission to Set Slower Pace in Easing Steel Safeguard Measures

21 Aug 2019

On 14 August 2019, the European Commission published a WTO notification concerning its conclusions on the review investigation on the safeguard measures currently applicable to certain steel products....Read More


Food Contact Materials Law Amends Position on Use of a Substance in Plastic Packaging

20 Aug 2019

The Official Journal of the European Union has published new Commission Regulation 2019/1338 which amends Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. ...Read More


Nordic Countries Urge Development of Circular Value Chain for Electronic Products

15 Aug 2019

On 5 August 2019, the Nordic Council of Ministers released a report entitled “Designing plastics circulation – electrical and electronic products”. The purpose of the report is to drive the electrical...Read More


New EU decision on Toy Safety Standard Published

6 Aug 2019

On 23 July 2019, Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1254 was published in the Official Journal. The Decision concerns harmonised standards on the safety of toys which, in turn, supports Directive 2...Read More


EU Extends Current Ecological Criteria for the Granting of the EU Ecolabel for Televisions

22 July 2019

On 3 July 2019, Commission Decision 2019/1134 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, regarding the validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for televisions....Read More

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