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ECHA Launches Investigation into “PAH” Limits for All Kinds of Consumer Goods, from Textile Products and Footwear to Toys and Childcare Articles

14 July 2017

On 1 June 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a call for evidence in respect of a substance that can be found in toys, childcare articles and several other consumer goods. ECHA has sta...Read More

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Imports Can Retroactively Qualify for Reduced Anti-dumping Duty Rate, According to Advocate General’s Opinion

14 July 2017

Hong Kong traders may like to take note of a recent opinion delivered by the EU Advocate General, in which he considers that importers should be allowed to retrospectively demonstrate to national cust...Read More

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Official Guidance on ‘Restrictions’ Responds to Questions Concerning Chemicals Banned in Toys, Childcare Articles and Textile Products, Among Others

14 July 2017

On 7 June 2017, it was announced that, in collaboration with the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has prepared several new “Q&As” as guidance on restrictions listed in Annex X...Read More

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Penalty Introduced for Non-compliance of German Retailers Regarding WEEE Take-back Obligation

14 July 2017

As of 1 June 2017, a violation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) take-back obligation by retailers has become an offence in Germany. Germany’s Federal Environment Agency can impo...Read More

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European Parliament Votes Overwhelmingly in Favour of Energy Labelling Reform

30 June 2017

On 13 June 2017, members of the European Parliament voted in favour of recalibrating the scale for energy efficiency product labels. The measure was approved by 535 votes to 46, with 79 abstentions. H...Read More

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Phenol Restricted in Toys for Toddlers Under 36 Months of Age

30 June 2017

On 4 May 2017, Commission Directive 2017/774 was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The Commission Directive amends Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament ...Read More

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EU Restricts Substance ‘PFOA’ Used in Textile Products, Among Others

30 June 2017

On 14 June 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1000 adding perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation. Hong Kong traders may recall that PFOA had b...Read More

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Pressure on European Authorities over Product Durability and Reparability

30 June 2017

On 25 May 2017, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) argued for the EU to improve product durability by setting minimum standards for product lifespans, starting with components. The agency has...Read More

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Toy Manufacturers to Face Reduced Migration Limit of Hazardous Chemical Bisphenol A

16 June 2017

On 25 May 2017, the European Commission published Directive 2017/898 amending framework Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards Bisphenol A...Read More

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EU Initiates Formal Antitrust Proceedings Against Major Clothing Brand and Retailer

16 June 2017

On 6 June 2017, the European Commission, which is responsible for establishing and enforcing a policy in coherence with the competition law framework for the European Union, initiated formal proceedin...Read More

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Laws Regulating All Types of Medical Devices Published in Official Journal

16 June 2017

Two new Regulations laying down rules on the marketing of medical devices have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. These are Regulation 2017/745 on medical devices (the ‘MD R...Read More

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EU Introduces Supply Chain Due Diligence Obligations for Conflict Minerals

16 June 2017

On 19 May 2017, the European Parliament and Council published Regulation 2017/821 in the Official Journal of the European Union, laying down supply chain due diligence obligations for EU importers of ...Read More

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Trade Defence Measures on Solar Panels: Canadian Solar Leads New Chinese Appeal While EU Producer Solarworld Forced to File for Bankruptcy

2 June 2017

It was reported on 15 May 2017 that Canadian Solar is leading a new Chinese appeal against EU duties on solar cells and solar panels from mainland China, giving rise to yet another development in the ...Read More

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EU Lawmakers Push for New Mandatory Law in Garments Sector

2 June 2017

On 19 May 2017 the Council of the European Union published its Conclusions on Sustainable Garment Value Chains (GVC). In its conclusions, the Council seeks the prevention of human rights violations an...Read More

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Food Contact Plastics Regulation Subject to Further Amendments

2 June 2017

On 29 April 2017, Regulation 2017/52 amending and correcting Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food was published in the Official Journal of the E...Read More

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Footwear Saga: German Shoe Retailer Claims Illegal Recalculation of Duties

2 June 2017

In continuance of the longwinded footwear saga, on 11 May 2017 German retailer Deichmann argued before the EU’s highest court that EU investigators illegally recalculated anti-dumping duties on Chines...Read More

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EU Plans to Limit D4 and D5 Substances in Cosmetics and Cleaning Items

2 June 2017

Hong Kong traders of an array of goods, from cosmetics to cleaning (e.g., dry cleaning) products, should be warned that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted an intention to prepare a res...Read More

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New Law Restricting Lead in Toys Published in Official Journal

19 May 2017

On 27 April 2017, a new EU-wide law – Council Directive 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 – introducing more stringent limits on the concentration of lead in toys, was published in the Official Journal of the...Read More

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European Parliamentary Committee Publishes Report on New Proposal Amending RoHS 2

19 May 2017

On 28 April 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) published its draft report on the proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Hong K...Read More

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End of Transitional Period for Hazardous Chemical Labelling Obliges All Supply Chain Actors to Check Their Products

19 May 2017

Hong Kong traders who export chemical products to the EU should be aware that the end of a two-year transitional period for the labelling of mixtures is drawing near, in accordance with Regulation 127...Read More

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