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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 May 2017

On June 13, 2017, the transitional period for the radio & telecommunications terminal equipment directive 1999/5/EC (R&TTE) will expire – it is therefore imperative that the provisions of the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) are observed and implemented.

In the future, products that use the radio spectrum can only be made available on the market if they comply with the rules of the RED directive. This includes, as in the past, active wireless products such as Bluetooth and WIFI devices or products that transmit at 433 MHz within the frequency band and relay data. Receiver functions – such as radio and television receivers – also fall under RED.

The specialists from Hermes Hansecontrol are happy to assist you with the required product tests. Furthermore, our seminar “Conformity of electrical devices with directives” on June 27, 2017 in Hamburg offers you a good overview of the current legal situation as well as suitable measures for the applicable companies.

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)40 300 337 361 24 or by e-mail.

Chalk, modeling clay, or stuffed animals – toys must not harm the health of children. In particular, this is provided for by the EU Toy Directive. But where exactly is the limit separating what is tolerable and what is harmful to health? In the case of the heavy metal lead, which can result in neurological developmental disorders in children, the EU has been calling for stricter limits for some time. On March 27, 2017, the “Council of the European Union” has now ruled to reduce the migration limits for lead in toys.

According to new scientific findings, toys should not account for more than five per cent of the daily intake of lead. This results in new limits: The migrating concentration of lead in dry, brittle, powdery or pliable toy materials must not amount to any more than 2 milligrams per kilogram in the future; for lead in liquid or adhesive toy materials, the limit amounts to 0.5 mg/kg and to 23 mg/kg for lead in scraped off toy materials. To secure themselves legally, manufacturers and distributors of children’s toys can have their products tested with respect to the new provisions. By October 28, 2018, the directive must be implemented in national law.

An overview of the amended limits:

Element(mg/kg)
in dry, brittle, powdery, or pliable toy materials
(mg/kg)
in liquid or adhesive toy materials
(mg/lg)
in scraped off toy materials
Lead   

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)40 300 337 361 24 or by email.

As convenient as cords and drawstrings are on clothing, they can quickly cause children to become trapped. In respect to numerous, in some cases even fatal accidents, the legislative body has implemented strict guidelines. As a result, the standard DIN EN 14682 provides for the use of cords and bands in clothing for children up to 14 years of age. As of March 2015, the revised version of the standard is in place.

Manufacturers and distributors of children’s apparel should not underestimate this topic. The European product safety directives stipulate that product managers on every production level can be held legally responsible if their products fail to meet safety requirements and cause accidents as a result. Dealing with existing standards in a safe manner and considering the specifications when designing products may be very crucial for companies in a competitive respect. Articles of clothing and accessories, which do not fall under the applicable domain of the standard, must be inspected with respect to their risk potential and handled accordingly.

In our seminar, "Safety of children’s clothing in accordance with DIN EN 14682:2015-03" on July 4, 2017 in Hamburg, you will obtain detailed information about the application of the standard and specific approaches for implementing it. Take advantage of the possibility of acquiring expert knowledge “first hand” and effectively prevent liability risks. As a member of the European standards committee, the independent testing institute Hansecontrol actively took part in developing and revising DIN EN 14682.

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 at +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

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