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Importing products from China to the European Union? Depending on the product, importers are required to ensure full compliance with all relevant CE directives – a process that is far more complex than requesting a test report from your supplier.
In this guide, we explain what you must know about CE marking as an importer:
What is CE Marking?
List of CE Marking Directives
Laboratory testing requirements
Fake CE Certificates
We also answer frequently asked questions about CE marking:
Are non-EU companies and exporters required to comply with CE marking rules?
Which products must be CE Marked?
Must all products sold in the EU carry the CE mark?
Is the importer or manufacturer responsible for ensuring CE compliance?
What can happen if I importer non-CE compliant products?
Are all Chinese manufacturers able to produce CE compliant products?
CPSIA compliance is mandatory when importing and selling all toys and children’s products in the United States. In this guide, you will learn what both US and foreign importers must know about ensuring CPSIA compliance when buying products from China and other countries in Asia.
What is CPSIA?
CPSIA Regulated Products
CPSIA Tracking labels
CPSIA Lab Testing
Children’s Product Certificate (CPC)
Consumer Registration Cards
Amazon and CPSIA compliance
What is CPSIA?
The CPSIA regulates various aspects of a product. However, all children’s products are subject to the following:
1. All children’s products must be compliant with all relevant safety regulations
2. All children’s products must be tested by a CPSC approved laboratory (there are certain exceptions)
3. All children’s products must have a tracking label attached to the product and/or the product packaging
But that’s not all. The importer shall also issue a Children’s Product Certificate, which is a document stating that the imported product is compliant with the relevant regulations. Click here for sample templates.
Planning to import wood products or packaging carrying the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) from China, Vietnam or elsewhere in Asia? In this article, I explain how an FSC supply chain works, and what you must do to use the prestigious FSC logo on your product or packaging.
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Which products can carry the FSC logo?
What is FSC Certification?
FSC Forest Management Certification
FSC Chain of Custody Certification
FSC 100% and FSC Mix Labels
When can importers use the FSC Label?
How do I know if a supplier in Asia is FSC COC certified?
REACH is an EU regulation restricting chemicals, heavy metals, and pollutants in all products. Products that contain excessive amounts of restricted substances, such as lead or AZO dyes, are illegal to import and sell within the single market.
In this article, I explain how you can determine if REACH testing is necessary for your products, and the steps you must take to properly ensure compliance. That’s why we invited Compliance & Risks, based in Ireland, for help.
In addition, Compliance & risks – a leading product compliance company based in Ireland – answers some of the most common questions importers have about REACH.
Lab testing is the only way to verify that your imported product is compliant with all applicable safety standards and substance regulations. However, not all test reports are equal, as only those issued by accredited testing companies are actually valid.
For example, the CPSC in the United States lists testing labs around the world that are accredited, meaning that they only accept test reports issued by the listed companies.
In this article, we list some of the world’s leading testing labs in Mainland China and Hong Kong:
QIMA (Formerly Asiainspection)
In addition, you’ll also get these questions answered:
Why do I neeed an accredited testing laboratory to check my products?
Today, one or more safety standards and substance regulations apply to most consumer products imported to the European Union, the United States, Australia, and other markets. As product compliance is rather an exception than the rule among Chinese manufacturers, third-party compliance testing is often the only way to be sure that you are not importing non-compliant products.
In this article, we guide you through the different types of compliance test and their each respective cost structure and explain what you can do to reduce said costs.
Chemicals and heavy metals testing (REACH, EN 71 and CA Prop 65)
Substance regulations, such as REACH in the European Union and California Proposition 65, restricts substances in some, or all consumer goods. Such substances often include lead, cadmium, formaldehyde, and phthalates. While batch testing is not always mandatory, compliance is.
Therefore, an importer may choose to which extent its products shall be tested.
About to import products from China to Australia or New Zealand? Ensuring compliance with mandatory safety standards should not come as an afterthought, but be the core focus when importing any consumer product to Australia.
Importing non-compliant products to Australia is an offense, which may not only result in a forced recall, but fines counted in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In other words, you only got one chance to get it right. Keep reading, to learn what every Australian importer must know about product safety:
Which products are regulated in Australia?
What is an AS/NZS standard?
How do I know which AS/NZS safety standards apply to my product?
How do I verify that a product conforms to a certain AS/NZS standard?
Do I need to get my products lab tested?
Who is responsible for ensuring compliance?
Non-compliances fines and penalties
Which products are regulated in Australia?
Several product categories, ranging from bicycle helmets and sunglasses to children’s toys, are regulated by a set of mandatory product safety standards. While there are also voluntary standards, we focus on the mandatory standards in this article. The following product categories are regulated, by at least one safety standard, in Australia and New Zealand:
ASTM standards reflect industry-standard best practices in the United States and internationally, covering both product quality and safety. While most ASTM standards are voluntary, some are referenced by mandatory product regulations – including CPSIA.
In this article, Maegan Burkhart of InTouch Quality in Shenzhen, explains what every importer must know about ASTM standards:
Which product categories are covered by ASTM standards?
How do I know which ASTM standard apply to my product?
How do I know if an ASTM standard is mandatory or voluntary?
How to design a product according to an ASTM standard
How to verify if a product is compliant with a certain ASTM standard
Understanding EN standards, or harmonised standards, is an integral part of ensuring compliance when selling products in the European Union. In this article, Ferry Vermeulen of INSTRKTIV explains what an EN standard is, and what you must know to make sure that your products are fully compliant.
1. What is an EN standard?
EN standards are standards that have been developed by a standardisation institute, mandated by the European Commission and are in order to comply with one or more mandatory essential requirements from a specific European directive.
Products that meet the requirements of harmonised standards [applicable in all EU member states] benefit from a presumption of conformity with the corresponding essential requirements.
Generally speaking, harmonised standards contain the following content:
Scope – Describes the field of application of the standard.
Normative reference – Lists the standards that have been used and which are essential for the correct application of the standard.
Terms and definitions – Describes used terms and definitions.
Requirements – Gives detailed requirements on how to meet the more general product requirements from the related directive.
Warnings, markings, and instructions – Describes how to properly instruct users about product risks and inform them about important product characteristics?
Test methods – Describes how to test if a product meets the requirements and how to document this for the technical file.
2. Where can I find EN standards online?
Whereas directives are mandatory and can be freely accessed via the website of the European Commission, standards are voluntary and need to be purchased.