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    Microplastics

    2023-11-13
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Overall, around 145,000 tonnes of microplastics are estimated to be used in the EU each year. And 42,000 tonnes of these microplastics end up in the environment from products intentionally containing them. The largest contribution with up to 16,000 tonnes is made by granules from artificial turf pitches.

    GENERAL PRODUCT SAFETY

    2023-05-25
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    There are many directives and regulations that address product compliance. Still it is practically impossible to cover all risks for all consumer products. The solution is a broad-based legislation to fill possible gaps and to complement existing and future legislation.

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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

    EMC standards

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Expert

    How to pick the applicable one(s) from more than 150 harmonised EMC standards Start be getting the latest summary list of Harmonised EMC standards from the European Commission’s website. Then proceed as follows

    Harmonised radio frequencies

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Wireless products require radio frequencies to work. The allocation of frequencies is done by each Member State in their regional frequency plans or registers. Once frequencies are allocated for a certain use, it is difficult to allocate these frequencies for other uses as well without causing interference with

    Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Expert

    The following standards are no longer harmonised because member states raised formal objections. These standards are therefore no longer sufficient to declare conformity your products.

    National Chemical Restrictions - Sweden

    2021-03-05
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Sweden has additional national rules restricting certain substances in chemical products and articles in addition to existing European restrictions on chemical substances.

    Plastic food contact materials

    2021-03-02
    ProductIP
    Expert

    The EU has very specific rules on plastics in contact with food. What are the requirements?

    Energy Labels

    2021-02-25
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Consumers drive competition Energy labels make it simple for consumer to choose products that save money and energy. Companies have to innovate and supply more and more energy efficient products to keep a competitive advantage.

    Ecodesign external power supplies

    2021-02-24
    ProductIP
    Expert

    The EU framework for ecodesign requirements of many energy-related products (ERP) is directive 2009/125/EC. Within this framework the EU has published three regulations all related to household and office equipment.

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