Defective products

The European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of its evaluation of Directive 85/374/EEC on the liability for defective products. There are three separate on-line questionnaires aimed at producers, consumers and public authorities. The closing date is 26 April 2017. The main driver for the review is to assess whether new technology, in particular interconnectivity, is adequately addressed[...]

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Chemical screening

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has chosen 162 substances from its REACH registrations for further scrutiny as part of its annual IT screening process. The substances selected have been identified as potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic in various ways and then prioritised according to their degree of exposure to human beings or release into the environment. Any company that has[...]

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Safer or rounder?

The Directive that restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) has a current exemption for second-hand products that is due to expire on 22 July 2019. The European Commission is now proposing that this exemption should be extended beyond 2019 (and expanded to include spare parts) as part of its circular economy measures. No[...]

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Register My Appliance Day 2017

On 19th January 2017, AMDEA celebrated its annual ‘Register My Appliance Day’, with support from the Consumer Minister Margot James, urging the public to register their appliances so that manufacturers can contact them if a safety repair is ever needed. Over four million people received a reminder from AMDEA members, while supporters including the Fire and Rescue Services nationwide, Electrical[...]

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