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COVID-19

BEIS set up a number of business working groups to develop plans for going back to work (or in some cases …

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EPR REPORT

The European Commission has published the final report of Eunomia’s Study to Support Preparation of the Commission’s Guidance for Extended Producer …

WEEE-support

WEEE SUPPORT

We reported last month on a proposal to spend several million pounds from the WEEE Fund to help Approved Authorised Treatment …

Wet standards

WET STANDARDS

As we have previously reported the European Commission’s draft Standardisation Request for washing machines, washer-dryers and dishwashers originally included material efficiency …

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SWISS ENERGY LABELS

Switzerland has published its amended Ecodesign and Energy Label regulation on household appliances. It covers dishwashers, washing machines, cooling devices, lighting, …

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Covid-19 information for businesses

During the current Covid-19 pandemic AMDEA members are doing their best to ensure that key appliances can still be repaired or …

Brexit

Brexit

There is now an “in-principle” agreement on the UK leaving the EU. Both the UK and the EU need to approve …

New Climate Change Act

New Climate Change Act

AMDEA has been notified of a new roadmap for an EU law to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. This is in …

Government Liaisons

Government Liaisons

Already this year AMDEA has had further conversations with Government Departments on various matters – the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment …

2020 work plan

2020 Work Plan

Paul Hide is visiting all AMDEA members individually to establish a comprehensive picture of what each requires from their trade association, …

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AMDEA welcomes decade with new Chief Executive, Paul Hide

AMDEA launches 2020 with a new Chief Executive, Paul Hide, at the helm. Paul joins from techUK, the UK’s leading technology …

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Register my Appliance

Our regular readers will remember that last year we supported International Product Safety Week with social media promotion of another of …

Energy Labels

Energy Labels

The new Energy Labelling Regulations for fridge-freezers, washing machines and washer-dryers, dishwashers, lamps and TVs are all due to be published …

Spare parts

Spare Parts

The new Ecodesign Regulations for the six product categories getting new energy labels will also be published on 5 December. The …

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WEEE NEWS

On 14 October we celebrated the second ever International E-Waste Day. This event was created last year to raise the global …

AMDEA briefing

AMDEA briefing

AMDEA held another of our Member Briefing events this month. It offered an overview of the next round of Ecodesign and …

Chemical Brexit

Chemical Brexit

In the event of a “no deal Brexit”, EU suppliers in the UK will become importers from a third country. There …

consumer law changes

Consumer law changes

Regular readers will remember the two proposals for new Directives, one for contracts for online and other distance sales of goods, …

Eco label

Ecolabel

The voluntary EU Ecolabel has not been as effective or as popular as its proponents had hoped. There has been a …

Trade

Trade

As of 1 February 2019 the UK is part of the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. This is the largest agreement …

Brexit law

Brexit law

The Möbius loop that is Brexit continues with no imminent prospect of any resolution. There has been an acceleration in the …

Vacuuming labels

Vacuuming labels

The annulment of the Energy Labelling Regulation for vacuum cleaners continues to occupy minds as it is not clear how long …

Wee matters

WEEE matters

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations aim to ensure that appliances are collected at the end of their life …

RMA Day

RMA Day 2019

Another success story for AMDEA’s Register My Appliance. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our allies, especially on social media, we …

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RMA

Remarkably, it is now more than three years since AMDEA launched Register My Appliance. In that time we have increased consumer …

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AMDEA workshop

At the end of last year’s sell-out event (actually it was free, but we did have to turn people away) looking …

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New UK safety strategy

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has published Strengthening national capacity for product safety: Strategy 2018-2020. This document outlines what …

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International standards

Every year the Intentional Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) holds an annual general meeting, where all their technical committees meet. As an international …

Brexit

Greg Clarke, the BEIS Secretary of State responded to a letter from BSI, co-signed by AMDEA and a long list of …

Cybersecurity

AMDEA was invited to a stakeholder meeting with the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and other Government …

Waste

The EU waste package will enter into force on 4 July 2018. It includes amendments to a suite of waste-related legislation: …

Food Waste Trials

AMDEA attended an open evening in Upper Rissington where residents were invited to learn more about the local food waste disposer …

More Labels

The European energy label for energy using products has been so successful in driving investment in energy saving measures that all …

American Trade

Following its decision to impose tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels at the beginning of the year, the USA …

WEEE Money

The UK Government has announced that the monies accrued from the 2017 Compliance Fee total £8 million. This will be spent …

Gas Matters

The revised Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 came into force on 6 April 2018. Primarily designed to safeguard the …

Brexit News

Legislation relating to leaving the EU was passed by the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales/ Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru …

AMDEA Briefing

Last month’s event was in two parts: a morning session with external speakers on market surveillance, and an afternoon workshop on …

New Energy Labels

The European Parliamentary Committees are still consolidating the proposals for new Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for large white goods. These …

New Deal for Consumers

This month the European Commission announced proposals “to ensure that all European consumers fully benefit from their rights under Union law”. …

Fulfilment House Scheme

The term “fulfilment house” was originally just another term for a warehouse, but it is increasingly used to mean storage and …

EU Market Surveillance

There are two new proposed EU Regulations governing market surveillance. One of them deals with mutual recognition, which may be more …

Ecodesign Consultation

The European Commission is asking for views on the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for refrigeration products, dishwashers, washing machines, televisions, …

Apprentices Welcome

Regular readers will know that AMDEA has long been involved with efforts to design and promote qualifications for appliance installers and …

Cartels and Other Animals

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of cartels. These are seen as …

Product Safety Body

The Government published its response to the report from the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety, of which AMDEA was …

Register My Appliance

As we reported last month, 16 January was our third annual ‘Register My Appliance Day’, with support from the Business Minister …

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Don’t try this at home

The latest in our occasional series of items describing (safe) alternative uses for domestic appliances relates to another story about toasters. …

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Banning Plastic

From January 2018 UK manufactured cosmetics and personal care products are no longer allowed to contain plastic microbeads. From July it …

RMA Day

AMDEA’s Annual Prize Draw Season runs from the beginning of November up to and including Register My Appliance Day, which this …

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Register My Appliance Day 2019

Another success story for AMDEA’s Register My Appliance. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our allies, especially on social media, we …

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Prize Season @ Register my appliance

‘Prize Season’ has launched at AMDEA’s Register my appliance campaign. From November through January 2018, many AMDEA members are rewarding customers …

How long is a lifetime

How long is a lifetime?

In the past, there have been several unilateral attempts by different Member States to try and address a public perception that …

Data protection and privacy

Data protection and privacy

The new European Data Protection Regulation is already in force and takes effect in May 2018. It was intended that a …

Product liability

Product liability

The European Commission is in the throes of evaluating Directive 85/374/EEC on liability for defective products. They are analysing responses to …

Circular economy

Circular economy

AMDEA attended a Defra stakeholder meeting to discuss the European Parliament’s desire for even more stringent waste targets than were originally …

consumer law

Kitchen furniture standards

Proposals to revise the international standard ISO 3055:1985 Kitchen equipment – Coordinating sizes have been in discussion for some time but …

consumer law

Consumer law fitness

The European Commission published the results of its REFIT (review) of consumer legislation. They included an evaluation of the Consumer Rights …

fan regulations

Fan regulations

Some of our readers will already know that the European Commission has launched a study to review the Ecodesign and Energy …

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Playing dominos

The Domino Project is a beneficiary of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and aims to persuade young professionals …

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Secure gas

A proposal for a revised European regulation on security of gas supply has been provisionally agreed by MEPs. Essentially the objective …

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Standby reduction?

The Ecodesign review study on the Standby Regulation published its draft final report earlier this year and comments were sought before …

Looking smart

Looking smart

The Ecodesign Preparatory Study on Smart Appliances (Lot 33) has just published its final report on Tasks 1-6. Task 7 will …

Durability again

Durability again

A report on developing longer product lifetimes was recently debated by the European Parliament’s IMCO Committee. This one only had 225 …

Distance selling

Distance selling

On 21 March the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO) considered the latest amendments to draft …

Industrial strategy

Industrial strategy

The new Government Department for Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on a Green Paper on how the UK should …

new voting rules

New voting rules?

The European Commission has proposed changes to the way in which secondary legislation is adopted in the EU. The current system …

chemicals ban

Chemical bans

Four phthalates are now expected to be formally classified as endocrine-disrupting chemicals under the EU’s REACH Regulation. The Danish Environmental Agency, …

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Ecolabel

Twenty-five years after its introduction, the voluntary Ecolabel now covers a range of products with varying degrees of effectiveness and/or enthusiasm. …

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More on nanoparticles

The European Commission’s environmental news service is edited by the University of the West of England. In Issue 482 they reported …

ADR deadline

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 …

chemical

Chemical screening

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has chosen 162 substances from its REACH registrations for further scrutiny as part of its annual …

Safer

Safer or rounder?

The Directive that restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) has a current exemption for …

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Register My Appliance Day 2019

Another success story for AMDEA’s Register My Appliance. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our allies, especially on social media, we …

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The Future of Engineering Conference 2017

In 2016 AMDEA was the first ever winner of the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) new Industry Leadership Award.  Our technical team …

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Seeing RED

Attempts are continuing to try and find workable solutions for compliance with the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED), which should have …

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Nice work if you can get it

The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (aka the Nice Classification, because it …

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CECED report

On 10 January 2017 CECED (the European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers) launched its report Home Appliance Europe 2015-2016. The report …

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Dutch ovens?

The Netherlands is proposing to stop any new housing being connected to gas grids. Which is potentially a challenge for companies …

vat review

VAT review

Regular readers will remember that we reported on proposals to revise the European VAT Directive. This currently requires all Member States …

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Energy meter replacements

BEIS has published its latest statistics on the UK’s “smart” meter installation programme. After the third quarter of 2016, there were …

Industry

Industry leader

AMDEA is the first ever winner of the BSI’s new Industry Leadership Award. Stuart MacConnacher accepted the certificate at a ceremony …

Detergent

Detergents refit

The European Commission is embarking on an Evaluation and Fitness Check (REFIT) for EU Regulation 648/2004 aka the Detergents Regulation. This …

LVD

LVD and EMC

The UK Government has published the UK Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 and the UK Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016. These transpose …

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Dutch gas

The Netherlands has introduced new requirements for gas appliances, including a new K category for gases that have a low Wobbe …

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Three WEEE bids

The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 require producers of equipment to finance the cost of collection, treatment, …

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WEEE collection partners

Under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Waste (WEEE) Regulations 2013 a Local Authority which does not have a contract for …

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On-line price fixing

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provided some guidance for on-line retailers in the run-up to the end of year …

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Prize Season @ Register my appliance

Prize Season @ Register my appliance

e-commerce

E-commerce inquiry

In May the European Commission launched an inquiry into on-line sales of consumer goods and digital content in the EU as …

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Apprenticeship levy

The new training levy will affect all employers in the UK from 6 April 2017. It is set at 0.5% of …

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New batteries

There are proposals to revise the existing European Directive on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators and repeal Directive …

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UK wiring changes

One of the challenges of the modern world has been how to standardise electrical connections so that products such as appliances …

Seeing red

Seeing RED

Concerns have been expressed to the Commission by some Member States that the proposed guidance on the new Radio Equipment Directive …

Apprenticeship levy

Apprenticeship levy

We have previously reported on the Government’s decision to impose a levy on larger employers to fund apprenticeships in England. An …

Waste matters

Waste matters

The EU Council of Ministers has been discussing waste water and how to recover more of it. Currently about 17% of …

EU consumer law

EU consumer law review

As part of the EU’s “Fitness Check” of EU consumer and marketing law – evaluating the current Directives for their effectiveness, …

New blue guide

New Blue Guide

The Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach (the ‘Blue Guide’) was first …

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EU consultation

The European Commission is conducting a public consultation on enforcement and compliance in the internal market for goods. They are asking …

Energy labelling

Nearly new energy labels

The latest draft of the new framework Energy Labelling Regulation was discussed by the full European Parliament on 7 July. This …

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Data protection

Early in 2012 the European Commission decided to review its data protection rules and last month they published a new European …

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Circular materials

One part of the circular economy package is concerned with minimising material usage in new products. Here the idea is to add …

smart savings

Smart appliances

The Ecodesign Preparatory Study on “smart” appliances has been publishing reports as it completes its analyses of the potential for regulation …

Energy labelling

Energy labels

Compromise amendments to the draft Energy Labelling Regulation went to the European parliamentary committee for voting on 14 June. The agreed …

Seeing red

Seeing red

The Directive on Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (R&TTED) was revised to become the Radio Equipment Directive (RED). As previously reported, …

New enterprise act

New enterprise act

The Enterprise Act 2016 is now law. Some provisions will require secondary legislation to implement them. The Act contains a wide …

LVD and EMC

LVD and EMC

The recast directives on Low Voltage Equipment (covering safety) and Electromagnetic Compatibility had to be transposed by 20 April. There are …

Energy labelling

Energy labelling

The European Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has published its final Opinion for the Committee on …

microwave standard change

Microwave standard charge

The IEC safety standard 60335-2-25: Particular requirements for microwave ovens, including combination microwave ovens has been amended again (as A2) and …

cross border trade

Cross border trade

The European Commission published its initial findings from a study of e-commerce. They were somewhat disappointed to find that what they …

chilling review

Chilling review

The final report of the preparatory review study of the existing Ecodesign and Energy Label regulations for household refrigeration appliances has …

UK weee targets

UK WEEE targets

The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations require the Secretary of State to set targets for household WEEE collections to …

New blue guide

New Blue Guide

The English version of the Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product legislation was adopted this month and can be …

Changes to government

Changes to government departments

The Better Regulation Delivery Office and the National Measurement and Regulation Office have been merged into a single Directorate as part …

carbon footprints

Carbon footprints

The ‘UK Assessment of Footprinting Methods’ study ended in March 2015. It was commissioned by Defra to see what environmental footprinting …

employment

Employment law changes

The much trumpeted new minimum wage for workers over 25 will be £7.20 per hour from 1 April 2016. The levels …

New patent

New patent court

The EU’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) is to be based in London when it is formally set up next year. Secondary …

Consumer

Consumer dispute resolution

The European Commission’s new on-line dispute resolution (ODR) platform for consumers and retailers was formally opened on 15 February. The platform …

Consumer news

UK consumers

The UK position vis a vis the EU’s plans for a Single Digital Market is one of great enthusiasm. BIS believes …

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Recall review published

The independent report on the review of the UK’s product recall system and the Government’s response to it were both published …

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Best of three

The revised Low Voltage and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directives come into force in April this year. The LVD covers the health and …

circular economy

Circular economy

AMDEA attended a Defra/BIS Circular Economy Package Stakeholder Workshop in January. The event was organised to consider the European Commission’s Circular …

WEEE

WEEE fees

We were informed by BIS that the Secretary of State has chosen the JTA’s proposal for the 2015 WEEE Compliance Fee …

product safety

Product safety and market surveillance

Regular readers will recall that in 2013 two new European Regulations were proposed in tandem: one to replace the General Product …

Trailblazing

Training

The HEEST (Household Electrical and Electronic Equipment Servicing Training) Forum, is currently funded by AMDEA, techUK and retra (the association for …

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Red requirements

The new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) will supersede the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive on 12 June 2016. New …

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New energy label design

The latest draft of the proposed new Regulation to replace the Energy Labelling framework Directive of 2010 is now being negotiated …

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Consumer disputes online

At the same time as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive was being enacted, a parallel On-Line Dispute Resolution Regulation was …

EU US trade

EU-US trade agreement

The latest development in the contentious negotiations on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is that the EU has …

energy matters

Energy matters

The CBI has published Consumer demand – the key to a sustainable energy efficiency market. This follows on from a roundtable …

The life of vacuum

The life of vacuum cleaners

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published its assessment of the 2017 Ecodesign requirements for minimum durability of vacuum …

More directives

More directives, less waste?

December has seen the launch of the European Commission’s Circular Economy package of future legislative measures. This is heralded as improving …

ADR deadline

Even more consumer rights legislation

Regular readers may remember the long discussions prior to the publication of the Consumer Rights Directive, enacted in the UK mainly …

red guide

Red guide

Richard Hughes of AMDEA is chairing the group that is designing the European Commission’s guidance on the new Radio Equipment Directive …

blue guide

Blue guide

The Blue Guide is the popular name for the European Commission’s guidance on implementing legislation. It was first published in 2000 …

smart savings

Smart savings

The Ecodesign Preparatory Study on Smart Appliances was launched last year. The draft reports for Tasks 2, 3 and 4 are …

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RED appliances

The new Radio Equipment Directive will come into force in June next year and will replace the previous Radio and Telecommunications …

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The wonders of energy labelling

The International Energy Agency’s Implementing Agreement on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E for short) was set up in 2007 to help …

WEEE

The next WEEE year

Last month we reported that the 2014 Compliance Fee had raised £375,000, a sum which has been added to the revenue …

Lets look at

Lets look at standby (again)

The European Commission has launched a review study of the horizontal regulation on Ecodesign requirements for electric power consumption on standby/off …

Public

Public attitude to energy matters

In 2012 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched their Public Attitudes Tracker – an annual survey supplemented by …

New energy

New energy label framework

Among the European Commission’s summer package of proposed energy-related legislation is a new Energy Labelling Regulation to replace the current Framework …

Wee fees

WEEE FEES

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced this month that £775,000 will be made available to local councils to …

Consumer law

More consumer law?

Notwithstanding the fact that the Consumer Rights Directive was published fairly recently with an acceptance that Member States could not reach …

Washing and washing up

Washing and washing up

The Preparatory Studies looking at wet products have now produced several reports and work has included a consumer behaviour study for …

Do you need an IHD

Do you need an IHD?

The UK Government is committed to the installation of new energy meters in all homes and small businesses by the end …

Circular economy

Circular economy news

This month the European Parliament agreed its position on the proposed “Circular Economy”. The published document covers a wide range of …

European emmissons

European emissions

The European Commission has published a list of policy areas that it plans to look at in the coming years. Among …

refitting legislation

Refitting legislation

The European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT) was set up with the aim of making EU law simpler and …

Trailblazing

Trailblazing

The HEEST (Household Electrical and Electronic Servicing Training) Forum met again at AMDEA’s office this month to discuss with SummitSkills and …

WEEE

WEEE Fees

It is now nearly a year since the Joint Trade Associations Group (JTA) met to agree a proposal for the Compliance …

ADR deadline

ADR Deadline Moved

A new requirement for companies to inform consumers of an appropriate Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme was due to apply from …

EU US trade

EU-US Trade

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed agreement to cut tariffs and regulatory barriers to trade between the …

Rreview of refrigeration

Review of Refrigeration

As part of the review of existing measures, the EU’s Preparatory Study of household refrigeration products has just published its interim …

European waste

European Waste

The European Commission recently launched its anticipated consultation on its revised proposals for the Circular Economy which closes on 20 August …

Consumer news

Consumer Issues

AMDEA held another of our popular Members’ Briefing events last month. This one looked at the implications of the Consumer Rights …

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Calculating WEEE

The European Commission has drafted a Regulation establishing a common methodology for calculating the weight of electrical and electronic equipment placed …

Gulf states conformity

Gulf States Conformity

The Gulf States is a generic name for the area comprising Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United …

Trade mark reform

Trade Mark Reform

After two years of discussions, the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional agreement on a trade …

Ecodesign regulation for fans

Ecodesign Regulation for Fans

At the Consultation Forum at the end of April the Commission proposed maintaining the existing exemptions for fans and a 5 …

Digital Marketing Strategy

Digital Marketing Strategy

Earlier this month the European Commission released its official Communication A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. This differs in some …

New UK conumer law

New UK Consumer Law

The UK’s new Consumer Rights Act will come into force on 1 October 2015 to supersede eight pieces of legislation, including …

Uk recall review

UK Recall Review

While the UK’s Consumer Rights Bill was being debated in Parliament there were proposals for amendments to address product recall issues. …

Size matters

Size Matters

Amendments are being proposed for the standard BS EN 1116:2004 Kitchen furniture. Co-ordinating sizes for kitchen furniture and kitchen appliances. These …

Red matters

RED Matters

The new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) will supersede the R&TTE Directive from 13 June 2016. We are expecting the European Commission …

F-Gas Deadline

F-Gas Deadline

The new F-Gas Regulation applies from 1 January 2015. It limits the total amount of certain F-gases that can now be …

Wee Estimates Up and Down

WEEE Estimates Up and Down

The UK WEEE Regulations 2013 require the Secretary of State to set targets for how much Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment …

Resource Efficiency

Resource Efficiency

The Danish Environment Ministry has published “Ecodesign Directive 2.0: From Energy Efficiency to Resource Efficiency“, a study of how resource efficiency …

Consumer law

Consumer Law

There was finally agreement on the ticket touting issue that was being discussed in both Houses of Parliament so the Consumer …

standby guidance

Standby Guidance

AMDEA has commented on the draft Guidelines for Networked Standby and suggested some domestic appliances examples to DECC (the UK Department …

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Ovens, Hobs and Hoods

The European trade body CECED (of which AMDEA is a member) held discussions last autumn with the European Commission to propose …

Recylcling

Recycling Plastic

Defra recently commissioned some research in the recycling of plastic packaging which found that about 4% more packaging was being recycled …

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Register my appliance launch

On 15 January 2015 AMDEA launched its new safety initiative and web portal, ‘Register my appliance’ with support from Consumer Affair’s …

Primary energy

Primary Energy Factor Calculations

During its review of the Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives the Commission has been asked to look again at the way …

UK Wiring

UK Wiring Regulations

The latest amendment to the UK Wiring Regulations has been completed and is due for publication on 1 January 2015. This …

Consumer

Consumer Rights

As the Consumer Rights Bill makes progress through the UK Parliamentary System the Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) …

CHANGES TO ECO

Changes to ECO

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) was introduced in January 2013 as a means of funding measures to reduce energy consumption, particularly …

UK SMART METERS

UK smart meters

The UK’s Smart Metering Implementation Programme has notified the European Commission of a number of amendments to the technical requirements for …

ECODESIGN AND ENERGY LABELLING

Ecodesign and energy labelling

The European Commission is developing guidelines to assist in the implementation of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for vacuum cleaners, …

Managing European energy

Managing European energy

It is recognised that the move away from fossil fuels to nuclear and renewable energy will make it increasingly difficult for …

EUROPEAN CONSULTATIONS

European consultations

This summer the European Commission is consulting on its stakeholder consultation guidelines. In the past five years there have been approximately …

REVIEW OF ENERGY LABEL FRAMEWORK

Review of energy label framework

The final technical report for the Evaluation of the Energy Labelling Directive and certain aspects of the Ecodesign Directive was published …

ELECTRICITY SAVINGS REPORTED

Electricity savings reported

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has this month published several new reports related to the Household Electricity Survey that …

New consumer contracts regulations

New consumer contracts regulations

The European Commission Consumer Rights Directive will be implemented on 13 June 2014. The bulk of the Directive deals with distance …

Low voltage and EMC directives

Low voltage and EMC directives

The amended Low Voltage Directive will be applicable from 20 April 2016 and will require harmonised standards to be listed in …

Network Standby

Network standby

The number and type of products that come with network connectivity continues to increase. No longer do televisions just have an …

CHANGES TO ELECTRICAL SAFETY LEGISLATION

Changes to electrical safety legislation

There are two key Directives covering the safety of electrical appliances in Europe – the Low Voltage (LVD) Directive and the …

NEW ECODESIGN PLAN

New ecodesign plan

A new website has been set up for the project to establish the next Ecodesign Working Plan for 2015-2017. The Ecodesign …

SWISS LABELS

Swiss labels

In the summer of 2014, there will be new Swiss legislation to implement the latest Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations. This …

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Energy labelling on-line

The long-awaited Regulation to specify that energy labels should be displayed on-line (with specifications as to format and accessibility) is now …

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Apprentices and training

The HEEST (Household Electrical and Electronic Servicing Training) Forum, which is supported by AMDEA, met again during National Apprenticeship Week. HEEST …

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Talking telephone numbers

At the end of last year Ofcom published its final statement on proposed amendments to the charging system for non-geographic telephone …

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UK and EU consumers

The proposed new Consumer Rights Bill in the UK is speeding through the Parliamentary process and you can see all the …

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New UK WEEE regulations

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations came into force on 1 January 2014. These Regulations implement the revised provisions of …

Review of directives

Review of directives

The European Commission review of the Energy Labelling Directive and specific aspects of the Ecodesign Directive continues. Their consultant is keen …

Fuel statistics

Fuel statistics

With the seasonal rises in household energy bills hitting the headlines it is interesting to see the latest statistics. In 2011 …

International standards

International standards

The globalisation of the market place means that many companies now rely on suppliers in different countries and sell to customers …

Joint AMDEA event

Energy-efficient appliances event

AMDEA is supporting an event on 5 December 2013 at the Crystal in London, hosted by Global Action Plan (GAP), to …

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AMDEA event

On 15 October 2013 the AMDEA FWD Group organised a round table discussion at the prestigious Royal Society, for waste policy …