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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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EU Extends Application of Rules on Wood Packaging Materials for Specified Chinese Commodities Until 31 July 2018

19 May 2017

On 25 April 2017, the Official Journal of the European Union published Commission Implementing Decision 2017/728, which extends the application of Decision 2013/92/EU on the supervision, plant health ...Read More

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Trade Defence Measures against Solar Panels

5 May 2017

On 18 April 2017, a legal action was published in the EU’s Official Journal, challenging the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the acceptance of a price undertaking, giving rise to yet anothe...Read More

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Restriction of Lead in Jewellery to be Reviewed

5 May 2017

On 20 April 2017, it was reported that the European Commission has asked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate the current restriction of lead in jewellery by 30 September 2017. Therefore, ...Read More

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EU Cosmetics Law Revised Regarding Certain Substances in Hair Dyes and Sunscreen Products

5 May 2017

Hong Kong traders exporting hair dye products and sunscreen products to the EU should be informed that the European Commission has adopted two new regulations amending framework Regulation 1223/2009 o...Read More

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German Court Confirms Illegality of Shoemaker’s Prohibition on Dealers’ Use of Price Comparison Engines

5 May 2017

According to a press statement of the German Federal Competition Office (FCO), on 5 April 2017 the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf upheld the previous finding of the FCO that, by prohibiting deale...Read More

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EU’s Highest Court Annuls Duties Imposed on Two Chinese Fastener Producers

21 April 2017

Eight years after the initial imposition of the anti-dumping duties on fasteners from mainland China, the EU Court of Justice – in its judgment released on 5 April 2017 – annulled the anti-dumping dut...Read More

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Future Eco-rules for Servers Move Forward, While Initiatives for More Efficient Electric Kettles Lose Steam

21 April 2017

The European Commission has tabled ecodesign provisions to improve the resource efficiency of servers and other data storage products as of 2019. Separately, Commission officials also commented on the...Read More

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Bans on Hazardous Substances Could Be Extended to Imported Goods

21 April 2017

Hong Kong sellers to the EU market may already know that Annex XIV of the notoriously complex REACH Regulation contains a list of substances which have already been classified as ‘substances of very h...Read More

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