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The Weekly Pulse: 16th – 20th January

Jan 23, 2023 The Weekly Pulse: 16th – 20th January

What’s HOT in our Regulatory World

What are our clients looking at?

This week’s trending sources in C2P

  • Turkey: Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, Regulation, December 2022
  • Spain: Packaging and Packaging Waste, Royal Decree No. 1055/2022
  • Italy: Introduction of the Plastic Tax, Law No. 160/2019 – Amendment – (on postponement of the plastic tax until 2024) Law No. 197/2022

What is our Content Team talking about?

Approval of California Energy Commission appliance efficiency regulations for new commercial and industrial fans and blowers – Corine Laurijsen

On November 16, 2022, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted appliance efficiency regulations for new commercial and industrial fans and blowers. These regulations contain definitions, test procedures and reporting requirements for commercial and industrial fans and blowers used in building applications.

On 17 January 2023, the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved these regulations, and they were published on the CEC website today.

These energy efficiency regulations for new commercial and industrial fans and blowers will enter into force on November 16, 2023.

What are our Knowledge Partners talking about?

How To Mitigate The Growing Risk From Consumer Class Actions And Collective Redress In Europe – Kennedys

In the last ten years there has been a significant growth in the use of collective redress or representative actions (“group litigation”), a legal mechanism which may stop or prevent unlawful business practices that affect multiple claimants or compensate them for harm caused by these practices, within the EU and UK.

The growth of group litigation across Europe has potentially significant implications for businesses, increasing the scale of financial and reputational exposure from a defective product. Going forward, it will be more important than ever that businesses have regulatory compliance and civil litigation risk mitigation in mind at every stage of the research and development process.

This growth is poised to continue, and potentially accelerate, with the European Commission’s implementation of Directive “(EU) 2020/1828 on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers and repealing Directive 2009/22/EC” (the “Directive”). The deadline for Member States to implement the Directive has just passed, on 25 December 2022, but there is a further six months for new provisions to come into effect.

Across Europe, there has been some controversy around the Directive – some fearing a flood of claims under these laws, others arguing that the law to some extent contradicts legal precedent established by the case law of some of the Member States.

There is considerable disparity across Member States with regards to the implementation of the Directive. For example, there is a difference between Member States in which local laws on collective redress already exist as compared to others which have no existing collective redress mechanism. Assessing the full implication of the Directive will require a country-by-country analysis which is beyond the scope of this article, which seeks to set out below instead the high-level minimum requirements prescribed by the Directive and its implications for the EU bloc.

(For more detail on the proposed legal framework & consequences refer to full commentary in C2P)

What are our clients asking about?

What products are in scope of regulation Saudi Arabia: Communications and Information Technology Executive Regulations, Ministerial Decision No. 13, 2022?

Answer by Rebeka El Hadad

This Regulation does not contain a list of relevant products, and Article 90 states that the Saudi Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST) is required to publish a list of approved devices in the Kingdom.

Looking at Royal Decree M/106 issued in June 2022, that this Regulation is based on, a product is defined as any wired or wireless device, radiosensitive equipment, interfering devices and equipment, and any other equipment, device, product, tool, machinery or otherwise that are connected to a telecommunications network or may, when used, affect technical capacity to provide telecommunications or information technology services. But it does not list examples of these devices.

As a helpful tool, please take a look at the CST portal where you can search for the currently approved devices in the Kingdom. The portal is in English and you can search either by using the commercial name, industrial model, manufacturer, or approval certificate number. The portal can be accessed here.

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