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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Top European Court Expands WEEE Definition: Certain Defective Equipment May Be Included

19 July 2019

In a decision dated 4 July 2019, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruled that the definition of waste electrical and electronic equipment (“WEEE”) under the WEEE Directive may include defective pr...Read More

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New EU Regulation Strengthens Market Surveillance of EU-made and Imported Products

9 July 2019

Hong Kong exporters may like to be informed that EU Member States will begin strengthening market surveillance of products being imported into the internal market to ensure their compliance with consu...Read More

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RoHS Law Implementation Deadline of 22 July 2019 Introduces Wider Ban of Harmful Chemicals

3 July 2019

On 22 July 2019, an amendment to Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) is scheduled to enter into effect in a...Read More

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EU Considers Maintaining Anti-dumping Tariffs on Chinese Bicycles for Further Five Years

21 June 2019

The European Commission is currently reviewing the tariffs on bicycles manufactured in mainland China. On 11 June 2019, it was reported that the European Commission is considering extending anti-dumpi...Read More

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EU Law Regulating Single-use Plastic Products Published

19 June 2019

On 12 June 2019, Directive 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment was published in the Official Journal of...Read More

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European Commission Speeds Up Review of Steel Import Caps in Response to Calls for Urgent Protection Measures

18 June 2019

The EU’s steel industry is still endangered by the surge in cheap imports and needs urgent measures to ensure that the sector survives, the European Steel Association “Eurofer” has stated. The Europea...Read More

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EU Agency Plans to Increase Compliance Checks of REACH Registration Dossiers

14 June 2019

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA or the “Agency”) has announced plans to increase the percentage of registration dossiers checked for compliance with REACH (Regulation 1907/2006 concerning the Regi...Read More

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New EU Law Designates Accessibility Requirements for Certain Products Used by Consumers

14 June 2019

Certain types of products that are used by consumers, being made in or imported into the European Union, will be subject to a new set of requirements regarding their accessibility for use by persons w...Read More

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Survey of Harmful Monomers in Toys and Risk Assessment of 3D Pens for Children

6 June 2019

As Hong Kong traders active in the toy industry may know, plastic toys sometimes contain monomers, some of which are hazardous to health and even classified as carcinogenic. In 2010, the EU’s Scientif...Read More

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Substance Restricted in Face Creams, Hair Lotions, Foot Care Products and Rinse-off Shampoos

30 May 2019

The Official Journal has published Commission Regulation 2019/698, which will restrict the substance known as “Climbazole” in certain cosmetic preparations placed on the EU market after a transition p...Read More

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Textile Industry Sees Need to Increase Movement Towards Circular Economy

28 May 2019

Until recently, the European Commission had been mainly focusing on targeting plastic waste. Now, however, it has shifted some of its focus on the fashion industry and the move away from the typical l...Read More

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European Commission Initiates Review of Steel Safeguard Measures

22 May 2019

On 17 May 2019, the EU’s Official Journal published a notice of initiation concerning the review of the safeguard measures applicable to imports of certain steel products. Hong Kong traders may recall...Read More

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EU Steelmakers Dissatisfied with Planned ‘Relaxation’ of Safeguard Measures on Steel Imports

20 May 2019

European steel producers have openly disapproved of the EU’s apparent intention to increase duty-free safeguard quotas in the context of uncertain prospects for the domestic market, rising competition...Read More

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EU Directive Published on Unfair Trading Practices in the Supply Chain for Foodstuffs

16 May 2019

On 25 April 2019, Directive 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain was published in the Official Journal. The Directive ai...Read More

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New Cosmetics Laws Regulate Use of Certain Substances in Sunscreens, Other Cosmetic Products

8 May 2019

On 2 May 2019, two new Regulations were published in the Official Journal of the European Union, amending the EU’s framework legislation, Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products, pursuant to new opi...Read More

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