Top 4 Electronic Product Compliance Trends for 2018
1. RoHS Showing Relentless Growth The pace of growth of RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) regulation in 2017 was unabated, and looks set to continue for 2018 as many countries implement RoHS-like regulation. Indications are that […]Read More
EU: Lead to be proposed as a new REACH SVHC
The European Chemicals Agency posts on its website announcements of the intentions of EU Member States to propose substances to be Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Recently lead metal was added to the Registry […]Read More
Suffolk County (New York) Amends Toxic Free Toys Act
The County Executive of Suffolk County has approved Local Law No. 26 of 2017 amending that county’s Toxic Free Toys Act. Changes to the law include the following: The amended content limits for lead, mercury, antimony, cadmium […]Read More
REACH Draft Substances in Articles Guidance Revised
By Dr Paul Goodman, RINA Consulting, knowledge partner with Compliance & Risks The guidance on substances in articles is having to be amended because of the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of […]Read More
Are Environmental Standards Coming for Rayon Sourcing?
What do clothing brands such as Timberland, Ralph Lauren, H&M, Vans, Nautica, Stella McCartney, ASOS, Levis Strauss & Co., Wrangler, Lee and The North Face all have in common? All have implemented a form of […]Read More
Legislative Changes by Trump and Consumer Implications
What implications will the passage of the resolution on resource extraction disclosures (H.J.Res. 41) have on consumer goods in the US? The resolution was signed into law on February 14, 2017 by President Trump. The […]Read More
Forced Labor and Human Trafficking: Legislation and Corporate Liability
For companies selling engineered goods produced within complex, multi-tiered global supply chains, forced labor and human trafficking present thorny issues. While it may be possible for a company to say that its operations are free […]Read More
Poland Publishes Draft Amendment to the Regulation on Environmental Fees
The Polish Ministry of Environment has issued a draft amendment to the regulation on environmental fees. This has been was added to the Government’s Legislative Center in October 2016 and analysed in accordance with legislative […]Read More
Compliance & Risks attends ICPHSO International Conference – Brussels
Compliance & Risks attended the ICPHSO International Product Safety conference at the European Commission in Brussels earlier this month. ICPHSO is the international consumer product safety organisation and though based in the US, brings together […]Read More
Textiles Compliance: Your Questions Answered
At a recent webinar on textiles compliance, Stacey Bowers, MILS, Manager of Compliance & Risks’ Global Market Access service, outlined the full range of topics that people who are responsible for textiles compliance need to […]Read More
Brexit: what does it mean for product regulatory compliance?
Finally, after a lengthy and tumultuous campaign the votes have been returned and we have an answer to the big question – “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the […]Read More
When Recycling Isn’t Always So Green
The Precautionary Principle: An Ethical Guideline or Corporate Policy? The words ‘presently’ and ‘anticipate’ are two favorite clangers. Most agree ‘presently’ is misused to mean ‘now’, ‘at present’ (as in (and incorrectly) presently I’m gainfully […]Read More
ICPHSO 2016 – Compliance & Risks in Washington
Compliance & Risks made quite the impact at ICPHSO‘s 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington DC! Our booth was one of the most visited, not just for the allure of the candies (or the Irish accent!) […]Read More
Dodgy Product Claims
With storms there was no fish stall at our local farmers market last Saturday. We trust and love the guys who catch and sell their fish, bringing it straight to the market off their own […]Read More
The VW Emissions Test Debacle – Is There a Lesson for Regulatory Compliance Management?
There are many aspects to corporate goals and strategy. There is one corporate goal that is probably the biggest one for every single business on the planet and yet it is rarely, if ever, mentioned […]Read More
Why Have A Compliance Policy?
Deciding whether or not to define a Compliance Policy is a bit like deciding whether or not to plan. In a way it’s the same thing. Things get done without a plan, but you can […]Read More
What To Do In An Era of Rising Fines…
It’s official, fines for breaches of consumer protection regulations are on the increase. In the US, the average civil penalty imposed by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission)has risen from $1.435 million in 2014 to […]Read More
What’s your definition of ‘Compliance’?
Oddly enough, the definition I like best doesn’t even contain the word Compliance. I came across it back in 2000 in the earliest days researching the Compliance & Risks’ project. It’s a quote from Philip […]Read More
Compliance as a Profit Centre – an introduction
“Because we have to.” Do you sometimes get the feeling that this is senior management’s unspoken rationale for having a compliance department? In this series I’ll discuss how you can change the way senior management […]Read More
Who Leads Compliance – Top or Bottom? A Perspective on ISO 19600
Getting buy-in from senior management is always a challenge when it comes to driving initiatives in an organization. In compliance, there is always a danger that the strategy will be mainly ‘hope’ based. In other […]Read More