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News from April 2019

In March 2019, the EU released a notice advising of the annulment of Regulation (EU) no. 665/2013 with regard to energy consumption labeling of vacuum cleaners. This notice advised of effects for suppliers and vendors.

Suppliers of vacuum cleaners are no longer allowed to market their products in the EU with the energy label as originally prescribed by the EU regulation. The following applies to stationary retail, distance selling and online retail: The energy label must no longer be displayed with vacuum cleaners and the product data sheet must no longer be made available to customers. References to the energy efficiency class of vacuum cleaners and the range of efficiency classes present on the label are no longer permitted in visual advertising or technical advertising material. Furthermore, suppliers must no longer enter the information regarding their vacuum cleaners referred to in Article 4 and Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and Council (1) in the public part and conformity part of the product database.

The background is a court ruling according to which the test method for determining energy efficiency selected by the EU Commission does not reflect actual consumer behavior in a sufficiently accurate manner. This method only employed tests with empty vacuum cleaner bags.

The manufacturers and vendors should test their assortments and promptly adapt their labeling. After all, the State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection North Rhine Westphalia (LANUV) stated that “the continued use of the vacuum cleaner label constitutes an offense and may also result in warnings initiated by competitors”. The court ruling does not, however, have any effect on the eco-design requirements for vacuum cleaners or the requirements for energy consumption labeling of other products.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or our customer competence center at the phone number +4940600202-888 or by e-mail.

In December 2017, the current version of the EPAC or “Pedelec” standard was published. The new set of rules introduced a number of changes with respect to the requirements for pedelecs and corresponding test methods, particularly with respect to the area of mechanical safety (we reported on this). The European standard was also adopted as the DIN standard DIN EN 15194 via our national standardization body.

With the Implementation Decision (EU) 2019/436 of the Commission, the latest version of the harmonized standards was published in connection with the Machine Directive in March 2019. The EPAC standard falls under this for the first time too: EN 15194:2017 “Cycles – cycles with pedal assistance, which are equipped with an auxiliary electric motor – EPAC cycles”. This latest version of the standard applies immediately as a stipulation for the fulfillment of legal requirements.

In connection with its accredited test services*, Hansecontrol offers the tests in accordance with DIN EN 15194:2018 / EN 15194:2017 and is happy to provide assistance for any questions relating to the quality and safety requirements of pedelecs. As a long-standing member of the DIN standard committee for cycles, we have in-depth expertise and extensive experience testing pedelecs. These are the perfect prerequisites for ensuring comprehensive supervision in the sense of our customers.

* Declaration: Test laboratory accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 by the DAkks and certification body accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065. The accreditation is only valid for the accreditation scope listed in the certificate annexes (D-PL-12142-01-01, D-PL-12142-01-02, D-ZE-12142-01-00 and D-PL-14563-01-00).

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative in the sales department or our customer competence center at the phone number +4940600202-888 or by e-mail.

The world of textiles is becoming increasingly complex by the day and as a result, poses a challenge for persons responsible for design, purchasing, quality and product development. Appearance and feel are often the dominant factors when it comes to decisions to purchase, but are still not sufficient when it comes to meeting customer expectations. In-depth fundamental knowledge of textiles is needed in order to understand trends, innovations and sources of error and also to realize one’s own ideas. We know what counts in this area since our daily business involves dealing with problems relating to textiles. As a reliable partner for the fashion industry, we are familiar with market requirements and guarantee that our seminars have a special focus on practical relevance.

Our two-part seminar package “Textile Surfaces” provides you with essential fundamental knowledge of the construction and properties of woven and knit fabrics. The seminar “Textile Surfaces I: Woven Fabrics” will take place in Hamburg on June 18, 2019. The seminar “Textile Surfaces II: Knit Fabrics” will follow on June 19. The modules can be booked individually or as a discounted package.

Here you will find all the important information about content and conditions for participation (only in German). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by calling +49(0)40 600202-330 or by sending an email.

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