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Latest reports:
March 2018

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • All products:  validity of EU compliance certificates in UK after Brexit
  • All products:  clarification of when the precautionary principle may be invoked
  • Waste of all products:  new study of chemical risks in recycling, and of risks from plastic waste
  • Waste of electrical products:  new reporting requirements
  • Electrical products:  exemptions from ROHS extended
  • Cyber-security:  lack of progress may jeopardise rollout of 5G
  • Free trade:  South America, Armenia
  • Eco-design / energy efficiency: comments sought on next phase of EU regulation
  • Energy efficiency in buildings:  EU objectives revised
  • Eco-label for TV sets
  • Toys:  high non-compliance identified with limit levels for phthalates
  • Radiocommunications:  control centres for Galileo satellite systems
  • Textiles:  new fibre recognised;  restrictions on carcinogenic dyestuffs
  • Cosmetics:  new restrictions on wash-off cosmetics
  • Chemicals:  ore substances made subject to authorisation; microplastics targeted for action
  • Food contact materials:  new plastics authorised
  • Foods:  new report finds neonicotinoids dangerous
  • Construction products regulation:  public consultation on the case for reision / abandonment
  • Routine standards update:  construction products

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The Europe-link Information Service on EU Product Approvals, is a multi-client, multi-sectoral service covering European Union programmes of harmonisation or mutual recognition of specifications, conformity assessment, technical regulations and related policies, in both established and new sectors of trade. It offers bi-monthly summaries of key news, comments on its significance and potential impact, and provides electronic links to key free-of-charge official sources of data.

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