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News from May 2019

In order to protect this renewable resource and prevent the trade of products from illegal logging, the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) was passed in the EU in 2010 already. No such provision has existed in Switzerland to date. This gap is now set to be filled after the Swiss Federal Council proposed the amendment of the Environmental Protection Act in December of 2018. The goal is to create a provision identical to the EUTR, reduce trade barriers for Swiss companies and enable the smooth exchange of goods within the EU.

The first draft of the legal revision was published on April 16, 2019. This affects both distributors of timber and timber products as well as the trade chain participants. Thus, only timber that has been legally harvested and traded in the country of origin may be distributed and traded in the future. The distributors are subject to a corresponding duty of care whose nature, content and scope can be defined by the Federal Council. Vendors are in turn required to ensure traceability and to document from which supplier they have purchased timber or timber products as well as their buyers.

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.

Shutters and blinds are often adjusted with cords – they can, however, pose a serious strangulation risk for small children. The Canadian Department of Health, Health Canada, has worked to minimize these risks in recent years. Nonetheless, an average of one child in Canada died from strangulation every year. Health Canada therefore introduced the new “Corded Window Coverings Regulations” on May 1, 2019, which defines, among other things, the length of the cords as well as the size of the loops.

The new requirements apply to both commercially available window coverings and also to articles designed according to customer wishes. The new law will take effect on May 1, 2021. Until then, manufacturers, importers and retailers have time to implement the new regulations.

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 European REACh Chemical Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restrictions of Chemicals) obligates all participants in the value creation chain: Manufacturers and vendors must provide information about substances of very high concern (SVHC) and pass it on in the supply chain down to the consumer. The regulation has been in force for more than a decade – and has created a lot of uncertainty in companies until today.

Our two-part seminar package on the topic of REACh provides you with an overview of the requirements resulting from the regulation and identifies sensible measures. At the REACh info-day on September 4, 2019 in Hamburg, you will learn everything about the basics, roles and duties from the regulation. The seminar “REACh for Products – Implementation in Company Practice” on September 5, 2019 builds on this and provides practice-oriented expertise relating to the provision of information and documentation in connection with company quality assurance. The seminars can be booked individually or as a 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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