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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.

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