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Textile Products: Criteria for EU Ecolabelling Amended

11 Aug 2017

The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme that some Hong Kong traders may be aware of, whereby companies are able to label their products as having a lower environmental impact than other products within ...Read More


Open Mesh Fabrics from Mainland China: EU Industry Calls for United Front Against Allegedly Illegal Trade Practices

11 Aug 2017

In a press release published on 20 July 2017, GlassFibreEurope, the European Glass Fibre Producers Association, and Tech-Fab Europe collectively called on all actors in the glass fibre value chain to ...Read More


New EU Regulation Targets Allergy-causing Substance Methylisothiazolinone in Cosmetic Products

11 Aug 2017

On 7 July 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1224 updating existing limitations on the use of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) concentrations in cosmetic products. Previously, M...Read More


New EU Survey Shows Increased Trust and Demand in Cross-border Online Shopping

11 Aug 2017

On 25 July 2017, the European Commission published its 2017 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard illustrating that increasing numbers of EU consumers are now shopping online and that trust in...Read More


EU Launches Public Consultation on Migration Limits for Aluminium in Toys

28 July 2017

The European Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has launched a public consultation on the 'Tolerable intake of aluminium with regard to ...Read More


Environment MEPs Back Update to RoHS 2 Following Compromise Reached Between European Parliament and Council

28 July 2017

On 11 July 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) officially backed plans to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); a key piece of EU legislation ...Read More


EU Harmonises Classification of, Among Others, Knitted Brassieres, Steering Wheel Covers, Paintballs, Pulse Oximeters and Suitcases

28 July 2017

On 1 July and 8 July 2017, the European Commission published six regulations concerning the classification of goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN), all of which may be of interest to Hong Kong trad...Read More


Swedish Chemicals Agency Inspects Rubber and Plastic Articles Sold to Consumers

28 July 2017

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) announced that it has tested chemicals in articles that are made of rubber or plastic which come into contact with the skin or which can be inserted into the mouth, ...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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