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EU Enforcement Project Finds High Levels of Restricted Chemicals in Toys, Jewellery and Other Consumer Goods

9 March 2018

In February 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a report on the fourth REACH-EN-FORCE (REF-4) project of its Enforcement Forum. The project aims to raise awareness of chemical restric...Read More


European Commission Amends Regulation on Food Contact Materials

9 March 2018

On 8 February 2018, new Commission Regulation 2018/79 entered into force. The new Regulation adds conditions and restrictions regarding certain plastics, uses and substances for food packaging. This n...Read More


Sweden to Ban Microplastics in Some Cosmetics Products

9 March 2018

On 1 February 2018, the Swedish government announced plans to ban the sale of rinse-off cosmetic products containing microplastics from July this year, to help reduce plastic marine litter. The ban, d...Read More


Withdrawal of the UK: Its Effect on EU Importers, Authorised Representatives and Product Compliance in the Field of Consumer Goods

9 March 2018

The European Commission has published a document analysing the impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on non-food and non-agricultural products. The document discusses products that will be placed ...Read More


Smart Toys Pose Risks Related to the Capturing of Personal Data, Claims Report Issued by German Ministry

23 Feb 2018

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (the Ministry) has issued an announcement drawing attention to data protection concerns raised by increasingly popular smart toys. Accord...Read More


EU Updates Tax Havens Blacklist: Eight Jurisdictions Removed Following Commitments

23 Feb 2018

An update regarding the EU’s ‘tax haven blacklist’ has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. As reported in Regulatory Alert-EU: EU Tax Haven Lists Highlight International Disa...Read More


Solar Panel Producers Challenge Decision to Retroactively Impose Duties, While European Parliament Discusses New Rules Which Might Affect Solar Panels Growth

23 Feb 2018

On 5 February 2018, two notices of action were published in the EU’s Official Journal, one brought by Kraftpojkarna (a Swedish producer of solar panels) and another brought by Wuxi Saijing Solar (a Ch...Read More


Regulations Published on the EU-wide Harmonised Classification of a Mattress Cover and an Electrical Apparatus

23 Feb 2018

Two new Commission Regulations entered into force during the month of February, concerning the classification of goods in the EU’s Combined Nomenclature (CN). The first one concerns the harmonised cla...Read More


European Parliament Endorses Tougher EU Trade Defence Instruments

9 Feb 2018

On 23 January 2018, the European Parliament's international trade committee (INTA) endorsed the provisional agreement on the modernisation of the EU’s trade defence instruments (TDIs). The agreement b...Read More


Alarm Raised Over High Concentration of Toxins in Children’s Toys

9 Feb 2018

In December 2017, the Czech environmental NGO Arnika published the results of a study into plastic children’s toys and accessories on the EU market. The NGO found high concentrations of toxic chemical...Read More


Substances Known As D4 And D5 Become Subject to EU-wide Restriction in “Wash-off” Cosmetic Products

9 Feb 2018

On 11 January 2018, Regulation 2018/35 restricting the substances octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (‘D4’) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (‘D5’) was published in the Official Journal. The substances are ...Read More


EU Decision Revising the Ecolabelling of Televisions Published

9 Feb 2018

According to the European Commission’s website, ecolabelled televisions must meet criteria that guarantee lower energy consumption during use and stand-by; a limitation of substances harmful to health...Read More


UK Publishes Guide to Post-Brexit Trade Policy Rules

26 Jan 2018

On 8 January 2018, the UK Government published its guide to the Trade Bill, which underwent its second reading in the UK Parliament the next day, on 9 January. Of the greatest relevance to Hong Kong e...Read More


ECHA Launches Consultation on Proposed Ban of Chemicals Known to Be Used in Textiles, Food Packaging and Cosmetics

26 Jan 2018

At the end of last year, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a consultation on proposals to ban highly fluorinated chemicals within the European Union. The chemicals are known by the acronym...Read More


EU Tax Haven Lists Highlight International Disagreement Over Tax Avoidance: Developing Countries Criticise Double Standards

26 Jan 2018

As reported in Regulatory Alert-EU Issue 25-2017, finance ministers from the 28 EU Member States reached an agreement last December on an EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, otherwise also k...Read More


EU Updates REACH List of Hazardous Substances, Triggering Obligations on Economic Operators

26 Jan 2018

On 15 January 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it has updated the EU’s Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). The List now contains 181 SVHCs. While the up...Read More


Two New Consumer Safety Laws Proposed by European Commission

12 Jan 2018

On 19 December 2017, the European Commission presented two proposals relating to consumer safety: the first proposal concerns mutual recognition of consumer safety rules by Member States, and the othe...Read More


Chinese Solar-panel Maker Challenges Exclusion from Price Undertaking Before EU’s General Court

12 Jan 2018

It was reported on 18 December 2017 that the Chinese solar-panel maker Wuxi Saijing Solar has lodged an appeal against the EU on 30 November 2017 for excluding it from the price undertaking that allow...Read More


Highest EU Court Confirms Annulment of Anti-dumping Duties on Giant’s Bicycles from Mainland China; Ramifications Ensue for Other Companies As Well

12 Jan 2018

On 14 December 2017, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered its judgment dismissing an appeal brought by the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association (EBMA), thereby confirming that the anti-dumpin...Read More


European Commission Renews Approval of Herbicide Glyphosate for Five Years After In-depth Re-evaluation

12 Jan 2018

On 15 December 2017, the European Commission’s implementing Regulation 2017/2324, which renews the approval for glyphosate for five years following a favourable vote of Member States on 27 November 20...Read More

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