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December 2019

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Which standards can be used in international trade? conflicting signals from EU
  • Free Trade Agreements:  EU - Singapore FTA enters into force
  • Chemicals – REACH: process for authorising high-risk substances to be reviewed, following publication of evidence of large-scale non-compliance 
  • Chemicals - REACH: updates to mandatory safety test rules for substances
  • Energy efficiency: 1) new regulation for automotive tyres imminent
  • Energy efficiency: 2) a Master Plan for energy-intensive industries 
  • Energy efficiency: 3) 10 new eco-design texts for electrical products with strengthened requirements for minimum energy efficiency
  • Consumer rights: revision of core regulation imminent, to accommodate e-commerce
  • Product safety: updated list of standards recognised under the Product Safety Directive
  • ISO quality management system standards: updated standard for use by auditors
  • Electrical products and motors: new exemptions from ROHS for phthalates and lead
  • Low-voltage electrical safety: wide-ranging update to recognised standards
  • Toys: new limit values for aluminium, formaldehyde, other chemicals
  • Railways: standards bodies to receive power to recognise validity of their standards under EU regulations
  • Cosmetics: 1) EU to consider new labelling rules to indicate presence of allergens
  • Cosmetics: 2) first official inventory published of nanomaterials used in cosmetics
  • Cosmetics: 3) routine updates to lists of substances authorised or restricted
  • Automotive vehicles: updates to regulation of 1) cab design of lorries / trucks, and 2) emissions
  • Cableways: update to recognised standards
  • Foods: EU formally joins Lisbon Agreement of World Intellectual Property Organisation
  • Plastics recycling: new private-public agreement on radical increase in use of recycled plastics in newly manufactured products

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