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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Sweden has additional national rules restricting certain substances in chemical products and articles in addition to existing European restrictions on chemical substances.
The EU has very specific rules on plastics in contact with food. What are the requirements?
The EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) 94/62/EC aims to reduce the impact of packaging (waste) to the environment. The first priority is to reduce packaging amounts. Packaging shall be limited to the minimum volume and weight while still maintaining an adequate level of safety, hygiene and practicality
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.
Compliance testing is often done on one or a small numbers of samples or even prototypes of the final product, so called type-testing. It is however required that compliance is maintained during mass production. Manufacturers and others involved in the supply chain shall take measures to verify that every produced
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.