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    Guidance for toys

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Beginner

    The toy safety directive 2009/48/EC (link) is one of the most important pieces of product legislation. Children do not yet have sufficient knowledge of risks and they are vulnerable. Adult sellers rely on the toy making industry for safe products. Unfortunately, the number of recalled toys remains (too) high.

    Food contact Materials

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Materials and articles which are intended or reasonably to be expected to come into contact with food, such as food packaging, kitchen equipment, glassware, cutlery and dishes, are all considered to be food contact material.

    The hazards of small, strong magnets

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Magnets attract themselves as well as people of all ages, especially children. Regrettably, enclosed in its attractiveness is also a lethal risk for products that contain small, strong magnets.

    Indice de réparabilité

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    The Environmental Code is the French law that includes many obligations regarding ecodesign, fight against waste and on the circular economy. The repairability of products fits perfectly in those environmental objectives. France has added new articles to the Environmental Code related to information for consumers

    Legislation on Single Use Plastics

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Expert

    The European Commission has the ambition to make the EU ‘climate neutral’ by 2050 or sooner. Part of this ambition is to tackle the problem of marine litter (plastic soup) in the form of disposed plastics and fishing gear. The EU has adopted a new directive (EU) 2019/904 (link), which entered

    Artificial leather

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Artificial leather, also called synthetic or imitation leather, is a material intended to substitute for leather in upholstery, clothing, footwear, and other uses. Artificial leather is marketed under many names, including "leatherette", "faux leather", "vegan leather", "PU leather" and “pleather”.

    Leather tanning

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Tanning is the method of preserving animal skin, with or without hair using tannins. These are acidic chemical compounds that stabilise the fibre structure of the skin and prevent it from decaying, decomposing and oxidising.

    Dyes and pigments

    2021-02-05
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Textile dyes and pigments are chemical substances used to colour fabrics. The main difference between both is that dyes are soluble in water and pigments are not.