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Member States Agree to Imposition of Provisional Measures in Safeguard Action Targeting Steel Imports

13 July 2018

On 5 July 2018, EU governments are reported to have approved the imposition of provisional safeguard measures on certain steel imports entering the EU market. The European Commission is said to have p...Read More

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Newly Expanded Candidate List of Problematic Substances Triggers Reporting and Information Obligations for Some Suppliers

13 July 2018

On 27 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it has updated the EU’s Candidate List by adding 10 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to that List. The Candidate List no...Read More

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European Commission Amends List of Substances Permitted in Plastics Coming into Contact with Food

13 July 2018

On 5 June 2018, Commission Regulation 2018/831 was published in the EU’s Official Journal. The new Regulation outlines amendments to Commission Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles int...Read More

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Intention Announced to Restrict Placing on the Market of Childcare Articles, Furniture and Textiles Containing Certain Flame Retardant

13 July 2018

On 6 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) submitted an intention to restrict three flame retardants in flexible polyurethane (PUR) foams used, among others, in childcare articles and reside...Read More

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EU Regulation Imposes Extra Duties on Vast Number of US-origin Goods; Other EU Safeguard Measures on Steel Products Set to Follow

29 June 2018

On 21 June 2018, Commission Implementing Regulation 2018/886 was published in the EU’s Official Journal, putting in place the EU's “rebalancing measures” in response to the US tariffs on steel and alu...Read More

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EU Issues Guidance on Surveillance Mechanisms for Steel and Aluminium Imports

29 June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the European Commission published guidelines clarifying how industry participants should comply with the ‘prior surveillance’ regimes which have been imposed on imports of steel and a...Read More

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Food Labelling Q&As Published with a View to Assisting Business Operators of Foodstuffs

29 June 2018

On 8 June 2018, a European Commission guidance on the EU law related to food labelling was published in the Official Journal. The name of the publication is the “Commission notice on questions and ans...Read More

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Calls Made to Reform EU’s Ecodesign Rules and Oust Planned Obsolescence

29 June 2018

Hong Kong traders of electronics and other energy-related products will be interested in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 31 May 2018 regarding the EU’s Ecodesign Directive, and comm...Read More

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Sweden Investigates Banned Substances in Small Consumer Goods, and Labelling Compliance of Over 20,000 Mixtures Such As Detergents

29 June 2018

Earlier this summer, the Swedish Chemicals Agency published a report on its investigation into the contents of goods which are small enough for children to put into their mouths. These include mobile ...Read More

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Additional Duties on Large Number of US Products Imported into the EU to Begin Applying in July This Year

15 June 2018

On 6 June 2018, as part of the EU's response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium products, the European Commission’s 28 highest ranking officials (the so-called “College of Commissioners”) endors...Read More

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ECHA Launches Call for Evidence on Substances Found in, Among Others, Textile and Leather Articles

15 June 2018

On 21 May 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a call for evidence on the use of skin sensitisers, skin irritants and/or corrosive substances in textile and leather articles, hides and ...Read More

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Possibility of Review and Extension of Existing Trade Defence Measures Against Solar Panels

15 June 2018

It is reported that European solar producers had until 3 June 2018 to file requests for the Commission to review the extension of trade defence measures on Chinese solar panels beyond the 3 September ...Read More

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Seven Substances to Be Assessed for Their Eventual Prohibition in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sold to EU Customers

15 June 2018

The European Commission has appointed two external agencies, the Oeko-Institut and Fraunhofer IZM, to undertake a “Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new ...Read More

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New Set of Exemptions under EU RoHS Law Published, Which Could Assist Hong Kong Exporters of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

1 June 2018

On 18 May 2018, the Official Journal of the EU published seven new directives, each of them amending framework Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electro...Read More

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EU’s Toy Safety Directive Amended So As to Lower Limit Values for Chromium VI in Scraped-off Toy Materials

1 June 2018

On 17 May 2018, a new EU-wide law – Directive 2018/725 – was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The new Directive amends Directive 2009/48/EC, which is the framework toy safety Directive, by...Read More

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Product Registration under Revised WEEE Rules Launched in Germany

1 June 2018

New German rules on the registration of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) considerably widen the scope of the products which have to be registered. From 15 August 2018 onwards, all EEE falls w...Read More

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ECHA Launches New Consumer Information Website: “Chemicals in Our Life” Which Can Also Assist Sellers of Consumer Goods

1 June 2018

Hong Kong traders of all kinds of consumer goods, including clothing and textiles, cleaning products, electronics, plastic products, cosmetics and food should be alerted to a new website dedicated to ...Read More

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New EU Law Proposed on Unfair Trading Practices in the Food Supply Chain

18 May 2018

On 12 April 2018, the European Commission proposed a Directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. The food supply chain is identified as...Read More

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Proposal Puts Forth Ban on Certain Single-use Plastic Products

18 May 2018

On 30 April 2017, it came to light that there is to be a ban on plastics used in items such as cotton buds, straws, cutlery, plates, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks, a leaked EU draft legislative...Read More

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France Launches Plan Affecting Life Cycle of Products and Producer Responsibility

18 May 2018

On 23 April 2018, the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, together with the deputy Minister for the Environment, Brune Poirson, launched a circular economy plan (the Plan). The Plan aims at getti...Read More

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