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Requirements concerning the safety of consumer goods and other products are constantly changing due to the advancement of scientific knowledge and its implementation by legislative bodies. Hermes Hansecontrol ensures that you are up-to-date on all current topics. You can also find current information on projects by Hermes Hansecontrol here.

News from August 2018

Tricycles, scooters, etc. are at the top of shopping lists in the summer. Even the youngest children start exploring their surroundings with push cars or balance bikes. In recent years however, vehicles for children have been recalled on several occasions and also been subject to bans due to failure to comply with legal requirements and posing a safety risk. In order to avoid competitive disadvantages, a tarnished image and, in the worst case, legal consequences, retailers and distributors are cooperating with independent test institutes to an increasing degree.

The experts from Hermes Hansecontrol support responsible companies when it comes to complying with the respective current safety requirements and standards. One aspect of DIN EN71-1 is the safety of children’s vehicles. Among other things, the stipulation of age and weight limitations for users is intended to avoid a potential overload. Brakes, to the extent necessary and present, must have a sufficient braking effect with defined application forces. Hermes Hansecontrol has the testing equipment needed to examine the chemical composition of individual components in addition to mechanical or physical properties such as safety against overturning, load-bearing capacity, and durability. After all, handles and seats continue to contain prohibited plasticizers, which can infiltrate a child’s body when in direct contact with the skin. For this reason, the test service provider from Hamburg supports comprehensive testing of the entire product.

Our certification bureau is able to award the GS mark for products that have been tested accordingly. Furthermore, there is the possibility that we issue in-house certificates for your product. The widely recognized GS mark certifies that products do not endanger the safety and health of the user during use. As a result, it provides retailers with a valuable decision-making aid when listing advantageous products – and a point of reference for consumers.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respecteve sales representativet or our customer competence center at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 6124 or by email.

DIN EN 71-1 is a standard for the implementation of the European Toy Directive 2009/48/EC. It defines requirements and test methods for the mechanical and physical properties of toys and applies to all products or materials which are – exclusively or not exclusively – intended or designed to be used for playing by children under 14 years of age. Various new requirements must be observed with the current revised version of EN 71 – 1:2014+A1:2018. An overview of the significant changes:

Cords:

  • Here, reference is also made to EN 14682 “Safety of Children’s Clothing – Cords and Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing.” Toy coverings and costumes must comply with the applicable requirements of EN 14682 with the exception of cords, which can be separated from the toy costume with a force of 25 N
  • The requirements for cords under Section 5.4 were revised further:
    • Division of the specific requirements for toys for children under 18 months of age and children from 18 months to 36 months of age;
    • Updated requirements including warning notes for toys that are to be affixed to a cradle, a crib, or a children’s stroller;
    • New requirements for sleds with cords.

Projectiles:

  • A new definition and new requirements of the “front parts” of projectiles were added. The front part concerns the area of the projectile or flying toy that could come into contact with the eyeball if it is shot towards the eye.
  • Requirements in terms of kinetic energy density for the evaluation of projectiles with stored energy were introduced.
  • New requirements apply to improvised projectiles, toy catapults, and projectiles, which are propelled by an elastic band and certain projectiles without stored energy.
  • Furthermore, a test method for determining the impact area of projectiles was introduced.
  • An exceptional provision applies to projectile toys with a max. range of 300 mm.
  • For the newly introduced category of flying toys, corresponding expanded requirements and exceptions have been defined. For example, requirements for rotors and propellers, as well as certain remote-controlled flying toys, have been defined with the exception of vertically rotating propellers, such as aircraft propellers.

Miscellaneous:

  • The test methods and test loads for handlebar tubes of toy scooters have been revised.
  • The requirements of plugs on inflatable toys and aquatic toys have been clarified.
  • The requirements of toys that are to carry the mass of a child – such as toy bikes and tricycles with a grab bar – have been changed.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respextive sales representative or our customer competence center at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 6124 or by email.

Across Europe, the manufacturer of a product will be required to assume product responsibility for its packaging in the sense of prevention, reuse, and recycling. This will be implemented in Germany as of January 1, 2019 with a new packaging law (VerpackG). The law replaces the packaging regulation to date and introduces far-reaching tasks and requirements for manufacturers and distributors of consumer products. Both with respect to stationary retail and online retail, all packaging materials that are distributed must be licensed.

After the law enters into effect, the central office of the packaging registry will release a publicly available list with the brand names of the registered companies on its website. This online registry of the licensees creates far-reaching transparency– it allows anyone to check whether packaging from a manufacturer has been properly registered. Failure to comply with legal obligations will be met with strict warnings from competitors and penalties for offenses by the authorities. In preparation for the introduction of the law and in order to avoid such difficulties, the applicable manufacturers and distributors of consumer goods should address this topic now.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative or our order management department at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 7310 or by email.

As a partner of the textile and shoe industry, Hermes Hansecontrol has for years helped its customers avoid harmful substances and established responsible chemical management throughout their entire supply chain. So it makes perfect sense to join the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero program and also promote the shift towards more sustainability across the industry. The abbreviation ZDHC stands for “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals” – an initiative by leading textile and shoe manufacturers, in addition to solution providers, who collectively advocate safer chemical procedures thereby improving the protection of consumers, employees, and the environment.

Since July 1, 2018, Hermes Hansecontrol has been an official ZDHC member and is working together with more than 100 other companies and organizations on developing and implementing ZDHC tools. These include, among other things, the ZDHC e-Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC e-MRSL), ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines, and the newly published document ZDHC Wastewater Treatment Technologies.

Here you can find more information on the goals and members of the ZDHC program. .

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your responsible contact in the sales department or our customer competence center at the phone number +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 6124 or by email.

A shortage of skilled labor, demographic change, digital transformation – lifelong learning is essential when it comes to handling these challenges. Further education is also a major pillar of the HR development strategy of successful companies. Motivated employees with good communication skills are the best way to deal with ever changing market requirements – and prevail against the competition.

This seminar program of Hermes Hansecontrol is tailored to the actual needs of the consumer goods industry. It is the product of communication with our customers – their requests and wishes have been considered in the selection of topics. We place special emphasis on the practical relevance of the offers. In the second half of 2018, a major focus of the seminars we offer will be the product safety of consumer goods. In addition to fundamental challenges for economic operators, we will also provide information on quality assurance for merchandise articles, the safety of children’s clothing, as well as the issue of pollutants in textiles and footwear. For a complete list and detailed information on the individual events, please refer to our announcements online (only in German).

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative or our seminar department at the phone number +49(0)40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by email.

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