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    What are plastics and rubbers?

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Plastics and rubber materials are both made from the same families of polymers. The polymers are mixed with a complex blend of materials known as additives. Rubbers are elastomers, these are polymers with an elastic property. This elasticity differentiates rubbers from plastics

    The Möbius loop

    2021-02-24
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Article 8 of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC defines the marking and identification of packaging materials. The identification of the nature of the packaging material facilitates collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging.

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    Ban on PFAS and PFCA in Consumer Products

    2022-06-30
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Chances are that your product contains PFAS and PFCA! Restrictions are already in place. Some additional restrictions will come into effect early next year. PFAS are used in a wide variety of consumer products because of their unique chemical and physical properties.

    PFAS in Food Contact Materials

    2022-06-14
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    PFAS stands for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances. This is a large family of chemical substances which comprises more than 6,000 substances. PFAS have very useful chemical and physical properties, such as resistance to fire, and repellency to dirt and water. PFAS are used in all kinds of consumer products.

    Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)

    2022-06-03
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    The European Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 defines the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) of chemicals. CLP Article 45 obliges importers to provide information to the Poison Centers. Poison Centers need this information to advise on measures in case of emergencies when people have been exposed to chemicals.

    Drawbacks of paper straws

    2022-04-14
    ProductIP
    Beginner

    In the Dutch parliament, questions have been raised to the Minister of Health about a newspaper article with the tendentious headline: "Environmentally friendly straws are life-threatening to young children".

    No novelty lighters

    2022-04-01
    ProductIP
    Beginner

    It is more than fifteen years since the EU prohibited the sales of cigarette lighters that resemble objects that are attractive to children, these are also known as "novelty lighters”.

    Annex IV machines

    2022-03-10
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Annex IV machine is a commonly used term But which machines are they and is Notified Body involvement always mandatory?

    Visibly, legibly and indelibly

    2022-02-18
    ProductIP
    Beginner

    In various pieces of legislation you will find the passage: “the marking shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly”. It makes perfect sense that markings remain present and usable throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. But how can you show in a practical way that all three criteria are met?

    The route to become a SVHC

    2022-02-11
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Twice per year, around January and July, more SVHC’s are included in the “Candidate List”. The obligations for the additional SVHC’s come into effect immediately. Understanding the steps that lead to the final decision will help you to avoid surprises and take action before the deadline.