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Automotive and Electrical Equipment BNST Use Extension in Canada

Environment Canada appears to be stepping back from its ambitious goal of the virtual ban of benzenamine, N-phenyl-, reaction prod­ucts with styrene and 2,4,4-trimethylpentene (BNST) in Canada.

Increased Enforcement of U.S. Forced Labor Prohibition

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 effectively eliminating a longstanding loophole in the United States’ general prohibition against the importation of goods made with forced labor. As a result, U.S. companies have witnessed a resurgence of U.S. Customs and Border Protection detentions/seizures.

What are the implications of Brexit for EU product compliance?

If you manufacture, import or supply products in, to or via the UK in some capacity, you may well already be considering how Brexit may impact the application of product-related laws to your business. In this article we look at what might happen to product laws under the different suggested models for the UK/EU-27 relationship so that you can start considering how your business may be affected.

Bill in Congress Would Increase Reporting of Hazards Related to Medical Devices

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, a bill was introduced in Congress that would, if passed, amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require physicians and physicians’ offices to submit reports to FDA on hazards relating to medical devices.

Thailand: FDA Clamps Down on Online Sale and Advertising of Drugs

The Deputy Secretary General of the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that the FDA had received complaints from consumers, asking it to inspect the sale and advertising of drugs on an online shopping website.

Publication of the Blue Guide 2016: Implications for online sales and other significant changes

The EU Commission published an updated version of 'The "Blue Guide" on the implementation of EU product rules', the most authoritative EU guidance on the application of product-related directives and regulations to goods destined for the EU market.

Importers into the EU must know chemicals in product

With a long-awaited decision, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) causes headache and turbulences to manufacturers, importers and distributors of all kinds of products to be placed on the market in the European Union.

Canada: Judicial Recognition Of Risk Assessment, R. v. Michaud

The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently released its decision in R. v. Michaud, 2015 ONCA 585 . This decision is of importance as the Court's endorsement of the hybrid model of ex ante / ex post legislation has the effect of recognizing the role of risk assessment as a legal necessity.

Permits Available For Canadian Mercury-containing Products Ban

The federal government has enacted further restrictions in the use of mercury in products in Canada. The Products Containing Mercury Regulations set a November...

European Court of Justice: “Defect” and Recoverable Damages – Implications for Manufacturers

Boston Scientific Medizintechnik GmbH v AOK Sachsen-Anhalt - Die Gesundheitskasse. Joined Cases C-503/13 and C-504/13 This is a rare example of a major...

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