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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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