News from September 2018

The European Chemicals Agency ECHA plans to create a new database for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Companies that manufacture, import, or sell articles with such harmful chemicals must inform the agency of this by the end of 2020. The basis for this is the revised Waste Framework Directive that came into effect in July 2018. In accordance with the duty to provide information under the REACh chemicals regulation, the revised Article 9 of the Waste Framework Directive also requires manufacturers and importers to report all substances of very high concern present in their products to ECHA. This should help operators of waste treatment facilities to ensure that lifecycle of materials is non-toxic. At the same time, the database will make it easier for consumers to obtain information about possible risks and to make informed decisions in favor of safer products. According to ECHA’s estimation, this will also put increased pressure on responsible companies to replace substances of high concern.

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Whether as environmentally friendly last-mile support for shipping service providers or as an electric “family wagon”: cargo bikes’ popularity is on the rise – and they are an attractive option for both urban and rural transport of the future. Hermes Hansecontrol has responded to this trend with its range of testing services and through its expertise, can assist companies in this young and growing market segment. Almost all required tests are performed at the Hamburg location. As a result, the experts at Hermes Hansecontrol are able to make conclusive statements concerning quality and safety e.g. for complex frame constructions or drive systems with their flexible test bench systems. Hermes Hansecontrol also offers a tailored test package for increased loads.

The bike lab in Hamburg is also equipped with a new roller stand for bikes, pedelecs, bicycle trailers, and cargo bikes. What makes it unique: vehicles with an axle width of up to 1,200 mm, a height of 2,000 mm, and a wheel base of over 2,000 mm in length can be tested there. In addition to mandatory component tests in accordance with the respective standard, Hermes Hansecontrol’s bike experts can also evaluate the overall construction of the cargo bike. On the test stand, shape and height as well as the speed and test length regarding distance, the number of bumps and shock pulses can be adjusted accordingly to reflect the desired profile. This is particularly important as cargo bikes often have to meet different requirements as opposed to conventional bikes, particularly in the commercial segment.

In addition to the constructional safety of cargo bikes, the braking performance is also especially crucial. Conventional bike brakes are often unable to handle the requirements for cargo bikes, which have a high permissible total weight. The tests at Hermes Hansecontrol also provide reliable measurements for forming an assessment basis.

Finally, cargo bikes that have undergone proper testing can now certify their safety with a Hansecontrol test mark such as the “Cargo-Bike Safety” mark and as a result, increase their market value.

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Fitness workouts improve one’s physical health – an increasing number of people are also attempting to integrate this into their everyday lives. It is therefore all the more important that home sports equipment do not pose any safety risks. The new standard DIN 32935:2018-09 will contribute to this: it defines the safety requirements and test methods for non-stationary push and pull fitness equipment. DIN 32935:1987-09, which has been in force up to this point, has been revoked.

An overview of the changes:

  • Section 5 “Designation”: has been integrated into labeling;
  • Section 5 “Safety requirements”: has been completely revised;
  • Section 6 “Test methods”: has been completely revised;
  • The new standard’s wording and structure have been adapted to that of the series of standards DIN EN ISO 20957 and DIN EN 957;
  • Sections “Labeling” and “Instruction manual” have been integrated into Section 5 “Safety requirements” and relevant points have been summarized there;
  • Reference to the revoked standard DIN 50014 has been replaced with values for the test conditions;
  • Literature references have been included;
  • The new standard has been dapted to the currently applicable design directives.

The experts at Hermes Hansecontrol are there to help you ensure the quality and safety of applicable sports equipment. The new standard DIN 32935:2018-09 is part of our accreditation granted by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS; see the annex to the certificate D-PL-12142-01-01.) This allows you to accommodate the wishes of your customers and meet legal requirements.

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Manufacturers, importers, and vendors must fulfill numerous legal requirements to ensure product safety and protection of consumers. Market surveillance activities by national authorities are an important instrument for ensuring compliance with requirements. But what exactly does this mean for companies if, for example, the regional inspection office or the Federal Network Agency inspects their products? Companies whose products are in breach of regulations face prohibitions of sale, recalls, and serious financial losses.

In our seminar “The Authorities Have Come Calling – Now What?” on October 11, 2018, you will gain an overview of the institutions and the processes in connection with active and reactive market surveillance. You will also learn how to systematically comply with your obligations vis-à-vis authorities and respond appropriately in the event of required corrective measures.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

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.

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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. .

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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.

News from July 2018

The Hamburg-based testing service provider Hermes Hansecontrol and the Turkish testing institute EKOTEKS are now working closely together. Both companies signed contracts for strategic cooperation in Istanbul a few days ago. With this, Hermes Hansecontrol is further expanding its international network.

“We are pleased to be able to implement a quick entry into the Turkish market within the framework of our cooperation and to have an experienced partner in the field of textile testing at our side with EKOTEKS”, said Lutz Lehmann, CEO of Hermes Hansecontrol Group.

EKOTEKS has been successfully active on the Turkish market for twenty years and tests not only textiles and fabrics, but also jewelry, hygiene and baby products as well as detergents. “We look forward to working with Hermes Hansecontrol and the resulting perspective of testing products reliably and economically worldwide,” said Mustafa Gültepe, president of the Istanbul Ready-made Clothing and Apparel Exporters' Association (İHKİB).

In the future, our synergies will be used to strengthen our international presence and combine our expertise. In addition, Hermes Hansecontrol aims to expand its testing portfolio and further broaden its range of service products in the textile and clothing industry. With access to the resources of EKOTEKS, Hermes Hansecontrol receives not only direct access to the Turkish market, but furthers its stated goal of increasing the quality of the entire supply chain. “Alongside product certification, quality assurance throughout the supply chain is a high priority for us. In addition to quality control, this includes the acceptance of social responsibility and the promotion of sustainable production,” explained Lutz Lehmann.

News from June 2018

The quality requirements of mattresses have changed significantly in recent years. As a result, uniform mattress models, without adapting the lying area to the needs of the individual user, can hardly be found anywhere else but in the low-price segment. The following generally applies: the more exact the division of a mattress into different firmness zones, the better the respective comfort when lying down. To date, there have not been any uniform standards for determining, declaring, and testing the levels of firmness.

The NA 042-05-14 AA “Beds and Mattresses” working committee (DIN Standards Committee Timber Industry and Furniture) has now taken a first step in this regard and published the DIN SPEC 68200 in January of 2018. This standard addresses the functional characteristics of zone mattresses and zoned lying systems. In the so-called traverse procedure, a wide range of autonomously operating smaller compression plates, each at a distance of 100 mm, sink into the mattress being tested under load. Based on the different impression depths of the compression platees, the progression of the zoning profile and the degree of firmness can be determined across the entire lying area.

Based on this standard, Hermes Hansecontrol has developed its own, three-stage testing program for zoned mattresses and lying systems based on the latest state of the art methods:

Hansecontrol “Quality Tests on Mattresses” Testing Program

  • Test level 1: Determination of the zoning profile in accordance with DIN SPEC 68200:2018-01 of a mattress or a zoned lying system in new condition.
  • Test level 2: In addition to test level 1, the entire artificially induced aging of the mattress is performed in accordance with DIN EN 1957:2013-01 including dynamic continuous load testing (30,000 compression cycles) with subsequent re-evaluation of the potentially changed zoning profile.
  • Test level 3: Hansecontrol “Fit for Use” quality testing including a Fit-for-Use certificate and test mark. The basis for the evaluation are the specified standard tests as per test level 2. These are sensibly supplemented with Hansecontrol in-house methods, for example, human subject trials.

“All-In” Package for Lying Systems

With the new Hansecontrol testing program, particularly for zoned mattresses, Hermes Hansecontrol is expanding its existing hardlines scope and can now offer its customers a comprehensive “all-in” package for lying systems.

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

Tapping new markets jointly and continuing to improve the services offered for the consumer goods industry: this is the goal of the exclusive partnership between Hermes Hansecontrol and the internationally renowned test service provider Modern Testing Services. MTS has 20 locations in 17 countries around the world and employs more than 1,000 employees. The flagship lab of the owner-operated company, with headquarters in Hong Kong, is located in Dongguan, China. It offers a wide range of possibilities for product tests for furniture, household articles, jewelry, toys, among other things.

June 1, 2018 marked the official kick-off date for the strategic partnership, with which Hermes Hansecontrol is complementing its international alignment. In the future, the two companies intend to strategically utilize their synergies to expand their global network, test scope, and ensure continual access to a high level of expertise. The new alliance will make it possible for Hermes Hansecontrol to cover other global locations through the labs of MTS without opening its own new labs – in the USA, Bangladesh, Turkey, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam among other places. MTS will in turn gain access to customers in the DACH region, Benelux countries and Scandinavia.

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

High functionality – low costs: plastics are ever-present in everyday life and are used to an increasing degree in short-life single-use products. This poses an ever increasing burden on the environment; today, millions of tons of plastic waste are afloat in the world’s oceans. As part of its plastic strategy, the European Commission has now published a draft guideline on reducing waste associated with single-use plastic articles.

The new directive primarily concerns plastic articles that come in contact with food, as well as hygienic articles, balloons, tobacco products, and plastic bags. The member states will continue to be obligated to take suitable measures to reduce the use of food packaging and drinking cups. Furthermore, the placement on the market of single-use plastic articles shall be completely banned. This includes cotton swabs, cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers, and balloon sticks.

The product design requirements shall also restrict the flood of waste. As a result, beverage containers with lids and covers made of plastic will only be allowed on the market in the future if these covers remain fastened to the container for the duration of use. Hygienic articles such as tampons, wet wipes, and balloons must be provided with consumer information which offers, among other things, disposal recommendations and notes regarding the plastic content.

By 2025, the EU member states are set to separately collect 90 per cent of the waste produced by plastic single-use articles. The introduction of systems with increased manufacturer responsibility where manufacturers carry the costs of collecting and reprocessing waste is planned.

Comments and remarks regarding the draft can be submitted to the European Commission by July 24, 2018.

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

The ten-year registration deadline for waste materials (so-called “phase-in” materials) in connection with the REACh chemical regulation ended at the end of May 2018. Overall, 13,620 European companies have submitted information for 21,551 chemicals to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) with nearly 90,000 registration dossiers. According to its own information, the ECHA now manages the world’s largest public database for chemicals – a basis for protecting people and the environment from associated risks.

What does the end of the period mean for companies in the consumer goods industry? As of June 1, 2018, materials which have not been registered are no longer allowed to be marketed in the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA) – the key phrase being “No Data – No Market”. If companies in the EU now intend to manufacture materials or mixtures in quantities of more than one ton per year or import them into the EU for the first time, they must register the ingredients prior to manufacture or import. The mixtures include, for example, detergents and care products such as washing powder, detergent, furniture polish, and shoe cream, as well as paints, inks, glues, candles, and drying agents. This regulation also applies to materials that are intentionally released from products, for example fragrances from perfumed items such as toilet paper.

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

Chromium VI is highly toxic, can trigger allergic reactions, and is considered carcinogenic. As a result, strict directives apply, particularly to toys. As small children may put toys in their mouth, chew on them or also swallow small parts, there is the risk of them absorbing chromium VI released by the products.

According to the Toy Directive 2009/48/EC, a limit of 0.2 mg/kg currently applies to chromium VI in scraped-off toy materials such as paints, hard and soft polymers, wood, and textiles. This value is based on a threshold of 0.0053 μg chromium VI per kg of body weight, which was proposed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of the Californian Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).

In recent studies, however, the dose that is considered safe has been reduced. Thus, the Directive 2018/725 now also reduces the limit for chromium VI in scraped-off toy materials from 0.2 mg/kg to 0.053 mg/kg. This corresponds to the lowest concentration, which can be reliably demonstrated with the test method from the standard EN 71-3:2013+A1:2014.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is currently reviewing the test method from the standard EN 71-3. A revised test method permitting the measurement of concentrations of up to 0.0025 mg/kg will likely be available soon. It would then be possible to limit chromium VI amounts in scraped-off toy materials more stringently.

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Jackets, footwear, and accessories are blinking and lighting up more and more. Clothing and shoes with electrical components are gaining ground everywhere and offering new purchase incentives – they are functionally enhanced with LED lights or integrated heating modules. As a result, the classic fashion industry is entering new territory and must deal with the requirements from the Electric and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG). Further challenges will begin arising in 2019 on the basis of a new packaging law.

In our seminar “Clothing and Footwear with Electrical Components”, to be held on July 16, 2018, we will introduce you to relevant legal regulations for clothing with electrical components. Participants will recognize which requirements have to be fulfilled for their own products and which steps are necessary in order to assess CE conformity.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

News from May 2018

The Electric and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) governs the placement on the market, the return, and the environmentally friendly disposal of electrical and electronic equipment in Germany. On August 15, 2018, the so-called open scope of the ElektroG will come into effect. This means that all electrical and electronic devices will be subsequently governed by the act if they have not been expressly excluded from it. Furniture with elements that can be electrically adjusted, built-in lighting, as well as clothing equipped with electrical/electronic functions are, for example, also affected by the revision. As of August 15, these products will also require registration, be subject to a fee, and must be labeled accordingly due to separate disposal requirements.

At the same time, the respective product categories will be reduced from ten to six to make it easier for manufacturers and distributors to allocate their respective merchandise. The following unique categories exist:

  • Heat exchangers;
  • Screens, monitors and devices containing screens with a surface exceeding 100 cm2;
  • Lamps;
  • Devices where at least one of the outer dimensions amounts to more than 50 cm (large appliances);
  • Devices where any outer dimension does not exceed 50 cm (small appliances);
  • Devices representing IT and telecommunication equipment where any outer dimension does not exceed 50 cm.

As of May 2018, manufacturers, distributors, authorized representatives or vendors of products pertaining to ElektroG §3 Nr. 9 through Nr. 11 must register with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register (EAR foundation). If this deadline is not met, there is a risk of formal warnings and heavy fines. Registered members are subsequently required to submit a consolidated monthly or yearly notice of their products placed on the market. In most cases, the costs for subsequent disposal of waste appliances must be carried by the manufacturers or distributors.

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

In particular to better protect children from ingesting lead, Canada has revised the corresponding regulations for consumer products and children’s jewelry. The new versions of the “Children’s Jewellery Regulations” (SOR/2018-82) and “Consumer Products Containing Lead Regulations” (SOR/2018-83) were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on May 2, 2018.

Thus, the requirements of children’s jewelry were made to be more stringent. To date, a total lead concentration of 600 mg/kg was permitted where no more than 90 mg/kg of lead capable of migrating was allowed. With the new version, children’s jewelry must generally not contain more than 90 mg/kg of lead. Migration is no longer provided for. Now, cadmium is also being restricted. Small parts that can be torn off must not contain more than 130 mg/kg of cadmium.

In the new version of the regulation on lead in consumer products, the limit remains unchanged at 90 mg/kg. A higher lead concentration is permitted as long as a migration of no more than 90 mg/kg is adhered to. The regulation will also have the following new areas of application:

  • Products which come into contact with the mouth when used normally, with the exception of kitchen utensils and articles that already fall under the Regulation on Glass and Ceramics;
  • Clothing and clothing accessories for children under 14 years of age;
  • Products intended for learning or playing for children under 14 years of age;
  • Books or similar printed matter intended for children under 14 years of age, with the exception of printed paper or cardboard and printed matter manufactured in a conventional manner;
  • Children’s articles which are intended for relaxation, sleep, hygiene, wearing, or transporting children under 4 years of age.

The regulations will take effect 6 months after publication.

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

Methanol is one of the most widely manufactured organic chemicals and is used both in energy generation and in the manufacture of different products – for example, the alcohol is used as an additive in windshield washer fluids and windshield antifreeze agents, particularly in European countries.

To avoid methanol poisoning, the substance has now been included in Annex XVII to the REACh Regulation. This means that a limit of 0.6 percent by weight will apply to methanol in the specified products as of May 9, 2019.

N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) was also included. This substance is used as a solvent, among other things, in adhesives, for the manufacture of polymers, or in detergents and cleaning products. Due to its reproductive toxicity, the chemical has already been on the candidate list for substances of very high concern (SVHC) since 2011. With its inclusion in Annex XVII to the REACh Regulation, NMP will no longer be allowed to be placed on the market, manufactured, or used as a substance or in mixtures in concentrations of 0.3 percent or more as of May 9, 2020. Products are not affected by the new entry in Annex XVII.

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

The European Commission is continually monitoring substances which could pose a risk to human health or the environment. Recently, trimellitic anhydride (TMA) and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) have been identified as substances of very high concern. This means that these substances will be included in the SVHC list of candidates within the next update due at the end of June/beginning of July 2018.

TMA is mainly used for the synthesis of plasticizers for PVC resins and in small quantities in enamels for pipe and cable insulation as well as in polyester resins for powder coatings. TMA reacts almost entirely in the polymerization process and is not contained in finished products. A potential residue of TMA would also react very rapidly with humidity so that TMA does not occur in products and exposure is not expected for consumers.

DCHP is used as a plasticizer, for example in PVC and plastisols and may occur in articles such as plastic products and clothing.

These two substances were already proposed as SVHC in 2016, but the corresponding justification by the Committee of Member States was not accepted unanimously. ECHA then referred the decision to the Commission.

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

Knitwear is a firm part of virtually all clothing ranges. Due to the special production technique, knitted fabrics have characteristics that are completely different from woven fabric. They offer a wide range of design possibilities for fashionable and functional applications, particularly for clothing worn close to the skin.

As part of the seminar “Special Textile Training: Flat Knitting” being held on June 7, 2018 in Hamburg, the experts at Hermes Hansecontrol will impart knowledge of the typical characteristics and unique qualities of the flat knitting technique. Based on product examples, they will provide an overview of specific characteristics of the respective types of knitting and patterning. Quality-relevant aspects will also be illustrated using a knitting machine. The participants will assess various finished pieces and discuss packaging possibilities along with their advantages and disadvantages. In this way, they will acquire the expertise needed to evaluate the quality of knitted articles.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

News from April 2018

Consumers come into contact with chemicals in many areas of everyday life. In order to provide relevant information about the benefits and risks of using chemicals, the European Chemicals Agency ECHA launched the website “Chemicals in Our Life” in March 2018. The online content can be accessed in 23 EU languages. In addition to current topics such as tattoo dyes, glyphosphate and nanomaterials, interested members of the public will, for example, also find information about chemicals in clothing, textiles and plastic products. In the category “Hints and Tips”, consumers are also expressly advised of their right to information regarding substances of very high concern (SVHC) in accordance with the REACh Regulation. The right to ask suppliers questions applies to consumer goods such as textiles, furniture, shoes, sports equipment, toys and electronics.

The new consumer portal once again shows how important it is for responsible companies to receive relevant information from their suppliers – and, in case of doubt, to be proactive and have their products tested. In cooperation with independent providers of test services such as Hermes Hansecontrol, manufacturers, vendors and distributors can minimize their liability risks and prevent financial losses brought about, for example, by a product recall.

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

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) refer to chemical compounds that do not readily degrade in the environment. The regulation (EC) no. 850/2004 (POP regulation) implemented the obligations resulting out of the Stockholm Convention restricting the production, use and release of POPs. The decision regarding the Convention of 1979 on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution by POPs was also accounted for.

The POP regulation has been significantly revised a number of times in recent years. This is accompanied by the fact that the parties to the Stockholm Convention also passed far-reaching changes to the annexes at their conference in 2015. This also requires updates to the annexes of the POP regulation. To create clarity with respect to the numerous changes, an entirely new version of the regulation is being endeavored. At the end of March 2018, the EU Commission submitted a revised proposal.

For companies in the consumer goods industry, a new entry in Annex I of the POP regulation concerning the chlorinated hydrocarbon pentachlorphenol, its salts and esters is of particular relevance. To date, pentachlorphenol, which is used among other things in wood preservatives, is only restricted as a substance and in mixtures at the EU level. Only national requirements such as the German Chemical Prohibition Order currently apply to products. The revision will restrict pentachlorphenol EU-wide in consumer products for the first time.

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

Phthalates are ever-present as plasticizers in plastic materials, cosmetics, medication or toys. They can, for example, be absorbed through food and by inhaling air and dust indoors or also enter the bloodstream directly via the skin. In order to rule out risks to human health, the use of phthalates shall be further restricted. Under the notification number G/TBT/N/EU/564, the EU Commission has published a corresponding draft amending the REACh chemicals regulation.

It contains new regulatory content for the phthalates Bis(2-ethyl hexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), which are classified as toxic to reproduction. Just like the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP for plasticized material in toys and childcare articles, DIBP is also being included in Annex XVII of the REACh Regulation. Consumer products, which contain plasticized materials, will generally also be covered by Entry 51 in this Annex. In this respect, “plasticized materials” are defined in greater detail (examples: PVC, PVA and other polymers, except for polyolefins; rubber, except for silicon rubber; foams; coatings; printing inks). Certain exceptions shall also apply.

Commentaries on the draft can also be submitted by 27 May of this year. The regulation is expected to be published in the second half of the year.

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For Hermes Hansecontrol, sustainability and social responsibility are part of its corporate culture. A current example of its social engagement: In April, the provider of test services will start a three-year partnership with the Michael Rummenigge football school to actively promote sports among children. In addition to classic sponsoring activities, the partnership will also include the certification of jerseys, pants and socks for participants. Particularly for children, even a low level of harmful substances can have serious consequences.

As an expert for certified safety, Hermes Hansecontrol is committed to safe sports apparel free of pollutants, which the company ties in with its core business area and is able to raise awareness for its own test mark. The jersey for the football school’s 2018 season has already been successfully certified and may now bear the sought-after Hansecontrol test mark, which certifies the absence of pollutants.

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Functional apparel has long made its way from extreme sports to other areas. Many consumers have their own individual demands of clothing, which has led to a broad range of functions that accommodate many different applications. In everyday professional life, free time or when engaging in sports, clothing should, among other things, support the body’s temperature management, not be restrictive and ensure adequate durability. The use of different materials, special finishing methods and sophisticated designs helps to achieve different functions which can be combined with one another in a sensible manner.

In our seminar “Functional Textiles and Apparel” on May 23, 2018 in Hamburg, we will present the basic functions and share the essentials of textile technology for implementation. Textile-physical measurement methods and parameters for evaluating functions will be considered as well as the technical construction of functional apparel and chemical finishing.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

News from March 2018

In an EU-wide project, the European ECHA Chemicals Agency conducted more than 5,000 product inspections in 27 European countries. Overall, it was found that 18 percent of the random samples failed to comply with legally prescribed restrictions. The large amount of plasticizers (phthalates) in toys was cause for particular concern. Indeed, 20 percent of the toys inspected contained bis(2 ethyl hexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) in concentrations exceeding permissible amounts. Cadmium was also detected in soldering fillers (14 percent) and asbestos fibers were found in used products such as catalytic heaters, thermos flasks and brake pads (14 percent). Many of these products were presumably manufactured before the restrictions came into effect. The inspectors also found high concentrations of chromium VI in leatherware (13 percent of the products tested) as well as cadmium in jewelry (12 percent).

The report once again showed how important it is for responsible companies to receive relevant information from their suppliers – and, in case of doubt, to take a proactive approach by having their products tested. The law enforcement authorities will also continue to enforce the REACh restrictions by analyzing further products on the market. In cooperation with independent providers of test services such as Hermes Hansecontrol, manufacturers, vendors, and distributors can minimize their liability risks and financial losses brought about, for example, by a product recall.

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All parents know: a trampoline is basically an essential piece of equipment when it comes to playing in one’s own garden. However, the risks it poses are often underestimated. To prevent possible injury, the standard DIN EN 71-14 “Trampolines for domestic use” was developed – with the close cooperation of the DIN Consumer Council. The focus of consumers was primarily on adequate labeling in the form of warning notices on the trampoline. As a result, the following warning notices, among others, are required in accordance with the new standard:
  • Only for household use;
  • Maximum xx kg;
  • Adult supervision required;
  • Specification as to whether the toy is intended for indoor and/or outdoor use;
  • Limit of the duration of uninterrupted use (take regular breaks);
  • Secure and do not use the trampoline in the event of strong winds;
  • Read the user manual;
  • The net should be replaced every year/every (*) years. The time frame is to be defined by the manufacturer.

Furthermore, the standard also contains other requirements, which the manufacturers, vendors and distributors must comply with. Among other things, specifications with respect to stability, a minimum net height, the maximum extension of the jumping mat, the durability of the materials and requirements with respect to areas with a risk of trapping, sharp edges and points. The publication of DIN EN 71-14 marked a small improvement in consumer protection not only on a national level, but also within the entire European economic area. The experts from Hermes Hansecontrol perform all required tests and help companies fulfill the requirements of the market and legislative body. However, the standard excludes certain areas:

  • Trampolines for use as gymnastics equipment, which are provided for under EN 13219;
  • Floating inflatable trampolines, which are provided for under the series of standards EN 15649;
  • Trampolines for use in public playgrounds;
  • Trampolines with an adjustable angle of incline;
  • Inflatable trampolines;
  • Fitness trampolines including trampolines for medical applications;
  • Trampolines with additional features, e.g. tents, basketball hoop;
  • Trampolines for domestic use entrenched at ground level.

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Ensuring that furniture has a high level of quality and making this known to consumers is the common goal that has brought Hansecontrol-Cert, with headquarters in Hamburg, together with the German Furniture Quality Assurance Association (Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel, DGM). Since the beginning of 2018, Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft is now an official supporting member of the DGM. Household appliances and furniture are among the products regularly inspected and certified by the experts. The company has already served as an authorized test center for the GS mark for “Certified Safety” since 2009 and also awards private test marks. The services for the furniture industry include, among other things, mechanical safety and endurance tests, tests with physical criteria such as forces or speeds, chemical analyses, as well as safety tests in the area of electronics, textile physics and fitness for use.

Voluntary compliance with high quality standards

Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel e.V. (German Furniture Quality Assurance Association) is an association of furniture manufacturers and supporting members from the supplier operations, assembly plants, professional associations, and independent institutes. Since 1963, furniture manufacturers and supplier operations have voluntarily committed to comply with the high DGM quality standards. The requirements are derived from the quality and testing regulations of the “Golden M”, RAL-GZ 430. They guarantee users of certified furniture longevity and proper functioning, safety, health and environmental friendliness. All these factors are tested and verified at independent laboratories. The DGM now has more than 115 members from Germany and abroad. For more information, visit the website.

Click here to see the DGM press release of January 11, 2018 (only in German).

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Consumer protection is of paramount importance. Manufacturers, importers and vendors are therefore required to take suitable quality assurance measures. Effective risk management is an integral part of the required quality management – the German Product Safety Act forms the legal framework for these obligations.

What specific steps can and should companies in the consumer goods industry take in order to protect themselves? The initial basis for efficient risk management is defining overarching goals and strategies. Among other things, the task is to define criteria for specific products/product groups according to which risks are classified and evaluated. The methods of risk assessment, responsibilities, the provision of resources, channels of internal and external communication as well as questions relating to required qualification must be clarified.

In the seminar “Putting Risk Management into Practice” on June 19, 2018 in Hamburg, you will learn which basic obligations apply to you based upon the EU legal framework as well as how you can minimize possible liability risks. In this context, it will also be explained how you, as a company, can comply with your documentation obligation.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

News from February 2018

Hermes Hansecontrol has extensive experience in the area of bike safety and, based on its extensive expertise, is also a sought-after contact when it comes to demanding quality testing. All test results are processed for customers and communicated in a factual and comprehensible way. Based on this, companies can analyze failures and causes of damage, improve their products in a strategic manner, and comply with all legal requirements.

In order to assist customers in the best possible way regarding all questions relating to product safety, the provider of test services is also an active member of various committees in the bicycle and pedelec industry and continues to develop its portfolio of test services. Making an obvious, deliberate step towards comprehensive service, Hermes Hansecontrol has also recently started offering expert services relating to bicycles and pedelecs. These services include:

  • Assessments regarding the reconstruction of accidents
  • Assessments regarding product liability
  • Damage analysis of components/assemblies
  • Comparative trials
  • Determination of fair value
  • Court assessments
  • Insurance assessments

Additional assessments are available at request.

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The adoption of these substances in the candidate list requires providing corresponding information within the supply chain. Consumers have an explicit right to information – this means manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors must disclose whether a Substance of Very High Concern is present in products with a concentration of over 0.1 percent.

The seven new candidate substances are:

  • chrysene and benz[a]anthracene, two polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which can occur as a component or contamination of other substances
  • the heavy metal salts cadmium nitrate (can be used, among other things, for the production of glass, porcelain, and ceramic products), cadmium hydroxide (can be used, among other things, for the manufacture of electrical, electronic, and optical devices) as well as cadmium carbonate (can be used, among other things, for cosmetics and body care products)
  • the flame retardent dechloran plus TM (can be used in glues and sealants as well as binding agents)
  • a reaction product of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithion, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, which is used as an additive in lubricants for machines and vehicles

Bisphenol A: Also Harmful to Animals

The inclusion of bisphenol A (BPA) has also been updated. This substance is no longer only toxic to the reproduction of humans, but is also listed as a Substance of Very High Concern due to its hormonal effects on animals. The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) welcomes this decision and will determine the extent to which the use of bisphenol A must be further restricted to better protect the environment. Bisphenol A is a starting substance for polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. The substance is present in products of everyday use such as drinking bottles, cans, DVDs, food packaging, and thermal paper receipts and can end up in the environment via a variety of channels.

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To protect people and the environment, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) proposes the inclusion of seven additional Substances of Very High Concern in the REACh authorization list. Based on their properties and broad use, the applicable substances pose a potential threat to human health or the environment. Though some of them are currently not used in the EU, they could, however, replace other substances, which are recommended for the authorization list or are already on it. Two of the recommended substances have reprotoxic properties. The other five have persistent, bioaccumulating and toxic (PBT) and/or very persistent and very bioaccumulating (vPvB) properties.

The European Commission will make the final decision regarding inclusion of the substances in the authorization list in cooperation with the member states and European parliament. Only then will the deadline for companies to apply to ECHA for authorization be stipulated.

This concerns the following seven substances:

5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxan [1], 5-sec-butyl-2-(4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxan [2] [The individual [1] and [2] stereoisomers and all possible combinations thereof are covered by this entry] trade name e.g. “Karanal”vPvBPerfume constituent, aromatic substance
2-(2H-benzotriazole-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol (UV-328)PBT, vPvBUV stabilizer for various plastics
2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazole-2-yl)phenol (UV-327)vPvBUV stabilizer, mainly used for plastics, rubber, glues, and cosmetic
2-(2H-benzotriazole-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)-phenol (UV-350)vPvBUV stabilizer, mainly used for lacquers, plastics, and rubber
2-benzotriazole-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol (UV-320)PBT, vPvBUV stabilizer for various plastics
1,2-benzene dicarboxylic acid ester, di-C6-10-alkyl ester; 1,2 benzene dicarboxylic acid ester, mixed decyl, hexyl and octyl diesters with ≥ 0.3 % of dihexylphthalate (EC No. 201-559-5)toxic to reproductionPlasticizers in PVC and glues
1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)toxic to reproductionSolvents for paints, lacquers, cleaners

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The European Commission has published a draft to amend the Annex XVII of the REACh European Chemical Regulation, which concerns, in particular, companies in the textile and footwear industry. The draft stipulates new limits for numerous substances used in clothing including accessories and other textiles with skin contact as well as footwear (exceptions are listed). The substances include, among other things, formaldehyde, certain heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, select polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and representatives of the phthalates such as DPP and DnHP.

Furthermore, various residual chemicals will be regulated in the future for which NGOs such as Öko-Tex and CADS have already imposed requirements. Such examples are dimethylformamide, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), and chlorinated toluenes.

The regulation is set to be published in the 3rd quarter of 2018 and will take effect 20 days later. A transitional period of 24 months will apply.

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

Ensuring that furniture has a high level of quality and making this visible for consumers is the common goal that has brought Hansecontrol-Cert, with headquarters in Hamburg, together with the German Furniture Quality Assurance Association (Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel, DGM). Since the beginning of 2018, Hansecontrol Zertifizierungsgesellschaft is now an official supporting member of the DGM. Household appliances and furniture are among the products regularly inspected and certified by its experts. The company has already served as an authorized test center for the GS mark for “Certified safety” since 2009 and also awards private test marks. The services for the furniture industry include, among other things, mechanical safety and endurance tests, tests with physical criteria such as forces or speeds, chemical analyses, and also safety tests in the area of electronics, textile physics, and fitness for use.

Voluntary Compliance with High Quality Standards

Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel e.V. (German Furniture Quality Assurance Association) is an association of furniture manufacturers and supporting members from the supplier operations, assembly plants, professional associations, and independent institutes. Since 1963, furniture manufacturers and supplier operations have voluntarily committed to comply with the high DGM quality standards. The requirements are derived from the quality and testing regulations of the “Golden M”, RAL-GZ 430. They guarantee users of certified furniture longevity and proper functioning, safety, health and environmental friendliness. All these factors are tested and verified at independent laboratories. The DGM now has more than 115 members from Germany and abroad. For more information, see here.

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

The production, refinement, and marketing of textiles is becoming an increasingly complex business and poses numerous challenges for responsible parties in the area of purchasing, design, quality, and product development. Decisions to purchase, for example, are often made based on appearance and feel. However, this is not enough to adequately accommodate the expectations of customers. Anyone interested in developing an understanding of trends, innovations, and error sources as well as bringing ideas to fruition, requires fundamental knowledge of textiles.

Textile refinement is particularly significant in this respect – particularly in light of increasingly stringent legal requirements. In the seminar “Dyeing, Printing, and Finishing - the basics of textile refinement”, held on April 11 and 12, 2018 in Hamburg, the experts from Hermes Hansecontrol will impart important basic knowledge in the field of textile refinement, which is decisive for purchasing and product development. In addition to different methods of dyeing and printing textiles, participants will learn about mechanical and chemical finishing methods as well as the limits of what is possible.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

News from January 2018

Regular time for rest and recuperation is crucial to health, not to mention physical and mental performance. Good mattresses and cushions play an important role in this regard. However, for consumers it is often difficult to differentiate between high-quality and substandard products. For this reason, Hermes Hansecontrol is expanding the range of mechanical tests it offers for furniture and will also offer test methods for mattresses and upholstery in the future. This provides manufacturers with unique selling points so that they can set themselves apart from the competition and improve the quality of their products in a targeted manner.

In many cases, problems with the quality of mattresses only become apparent after prolonged usage. At Hermes Hansecontrol, it will soon be possible to simulate the aging process based on standardized test methods. The functional properties of the foam material can also be assessed and evaluated.

One of the most important criteria in this respect is the change in hardness of mattresses as well as other seating furniture and furniture upholstery over the entire lifecycle of these products. As a rule, you can assume an average lifespan of up to 10 years for mattresses.

In order to obtain measurements regarding the hardness and durability of the work material, they are tested mechanically by, among other things, simulating stresses from the user on the mattresses and furniture upholstery. Hansecontrol is also capable of determining the hardness zones of mattresses across the entire lie down area and at 20 different points with a zone-testing machine especially developed for this purpose.

With respect to this special type of test for the distribution of different hardnesses within the mattress, Hansecontrol takes a leading role among test institutes as both the method and the corresponding test technology have not been applied in any Standard yet. With the help of contour diagrams, the mattress zone results can be passed on to end customers in a comprehensive and usable form. Particularly in times where mattresses have five, seven, or even more hardness zones, a test of this kind is an important instrument when it comes to assessing quality.

The following standards and provisions are relevant, among other things, when it comes to testing mattresses and parts of upholstered furniture:

Mattresses:

  • DIN EN 1957:2013-01 Furniture – beds and mattresses – test method for determining the functional properties and performance criteria
  • DIN EN ISO 2439:2009-05 Soft-elastic polymer foams – determining the hardness (indentation technique) (ISO 2439:2008)
  • DIN EN 1334:1996-07 Household furniture – beds and mattresses – measurement methods and recommended tolerances
  • RAL GZ 430 / 6 – Special quality and testing regulations for mattresses

Foam tests:

  • DIN EN ISO 2439:2009-05 Soft-elastic polymer foams – determining the hardness (indentation technique) (ISO 2439:2008)
  • DIN EN ISO 3385:2014-10 Soft-elastic polymer foams – determination of fatigue by constant-load pounding (ISO 3385:2014)
  • DIN EN ISO 3386-1:2015-10 Polymer materials, soft-elastic foams – determination of stress-strain characteristics in compression – part 1: Low-density materials (ISO 3386-1:1986 + Amd 1:2010)
  • ASTM D3574 Standard test methods for flexible cellular materials – slab, bonded, and molded urethane foam
  • DIN 53579:2015-04 Testing of soft-elastic foams, indentation test on finished parts

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

Consumer protection has the highest priority – this is also reflected in European and national legislation. In Germany, the Product Safety Act (ProdSG) was introduced as the successor to the Equipment and Product Safety Act (GPSG) in order to better protect consumers and prevent distortion of competition. The law sets out the obligations of manufacturers, importers and distributors. Thus, it also serves as a basis for national market surveillance, which the federal states are responsible for implementing.

Efficiently fulfilling the requirements and avoiding recalls is an increasingly critical success factor for companies in the consumer goods industry. Fully developed, efficient, and tested products, traceable processes as well as effective supplier management are expected from all economic operators involved in the process and are essential.

In our seminar titled “Product Safety Act, Evaluation of CE Conformity and Product Safeguarding in Practice” on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Hamburg, we will provide you with information about the relevant laws, basic requirements, and terminology in the European Single Market. We also provide you with solutions you can put into practice at your company.

Our legal expert Inken Green sheds light on legal aspects when it comes to ensuring compliance with legal requirements and product quality. You will also learn what to do in the event of a product recall, what is necessary and which obligations you will have to fulfill vis-à-vis the authorities.

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) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.


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