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Oct 2015

Austria: New Copyright Law Effective

On 01, Oct 2015 | In Copyright Levies, News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

Austria

As of 1 October 2015, significant amendments to the Austrian Copyright Act enter into force. The legal basis for copyright levy matters is being changed in key aspects such as:

 

  • the scope is now extended to “all storage media
  • the levied products and corresponding tariffs are to be negotiated between the collecting society and the industry stakeholders
  • further changes in formal requirements, among them new exemption and refunding rules, transparency demands, visible fee, etc.

All companies having copyright levy obligations should observe these changes. Of course, 1cc is here to help you.

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Sep 2015

WEEE: Changes in EAR Category 5 – B2C Lighting Equipment

On 29, Sep 2015 | In News @en, WEEE | By Lisa Schmidt

LED grün_kleinIn the light of the upcoming German ElektroG2, Stiftung EAR has adapted the types of equipment that fall under Category 5 for Lighting Equipment:

Type of equipment 5.1.1 “Gas discharge lamps, for the use in private households” remains unchanged.

Completely new is type of equipment 5.1.2. “Lamps, except gas discharge lamps, for the use in private households”. LED lamps e.g. will fall under this new type of equipment.

Luminaires with exchangeable light sources have been added to type of equipment 5.2. “Luminaires and devices for the dispersion of light for the use in private households”. Luminaires with non-exchangeable, fixed light sources remain in this type of equipment. 

Companies who need a different or additional registration, have to inform Stiftung EAR within a period of three months after the new ElektroG2 has entered into force. 1cc will support you with the necessary support and services.

For more information please contact info@1cc-consulting.com.

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Sep 2015

1cc Presents at Emerging Green 2015 in Portland, Oregon

On 18, Sep 2015 | In Events | By Lisa Schmidt

North America’s Emerging Green Conference is the premiere gathering of technology leaders to discuss the advances, challenges and future of sustainable electronics. Emerging Green is a place in 2015 to meet, mingle with and influence leaders in the global electronics industry. The conference takes place September 22-24, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

1cc consultant Ofira Varga will give the presentation “E-Waste in Latin America” on September 22th, 2015 at 3:30 am.

Further information: http://emerginggreenconference.com/

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Sep 2015

REACH Decision of EJC : “Once an Article, always an Article”

On 17, Sep 2015 | In News @en, REACH | By Lisa Schmidt

Chemistry_shutterstock_177901988_quadraThe European Court of Justice (ECJ) has published the long expected judgment on the decision regarding the threshold of 0,1 % of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) according to EU REACH Regulation on September 10, 2015.

Article 33 of EU REACH Regulation No 1907/2006, as amended, must be interpreted as follows: The supplier of a product which consists of one or more constituent articles which contain a substance of very high concern identified in accordance with REACH Article 59(1) in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight of that article, has to inform the recipient and, on request, the consumer, of the presence of that substance by providing them, as a minimum, with the name of the substance in question.

The threshold of 0,1 % is no longer calculated on basis of the whole article (former ECHA interpretation), but of each single constituent article the product consists of. Suppliers of articles now have to review their compliance system (communication, data management etc.) with respect to the additional information requirements according to REACH Article 33.

1cc supports companies with handling of SVHC communication as well as further requirements according to the obligations ruled by REACH.

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Sep 2015

Webinar: “Existing and Upcoming E-Waste Legislations in Latin American Countries as a Challenge for Producers of IT Equipment”.

On 10, Sep 2015 | In Events | By Lisa Schmidt

1cc Consultant Ofira Varga will hold a Webinar on “Existing and Upcoming E-Waste Legislations in Latin American Countries as a Challenge for Producers of IT Equipment“. The Webinar will show the complexity of regulatory requirements in Latin America using the example of some selected countries. Attendees will learn about the challenge to be aware of the various national obligations.

Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 4 pm (CEST)
Speaker: Ofira Varga, Senior Consultant
Sign up: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4169029602609505538

Background: In recent years, Latin American Countries have put into effect a number of legal requirements targeting producers and addressing environmental issues. Among the obligations with relevance for electrical and electronic products, such as IT-devices or office equipment, are those which apply to the end-of-life of a product. In this context, take-back and recycling requirements have come in the center of interest of regulators as e-waste is an important issue worldwide.

Participation in the 1cc Webinar is free. However, the number of participants in the webinar will be limited to 20 attendees.

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Aug 2015

Saudi Arabia: Technical Regulation for Lighting Products part 1 is in Force

On 18, Aug 2015 | In ErP, News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

Saudi ArabiaIn the Official Gazette No. 4579 of the August 14, 2015  the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) announced that the Standard “SASOXXXX:2015, Energy Efficiency, Functionality and Labeling Requirements for Lighting Products, Part1” entered into force on August 14, 2015.

Manufactures have a period of six month to adjust their products to the requirements of the technical regulation. Registration at SASO is mandatory in order to access the Saudi market.

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Aug 2015

Slovenia: National Transposition of WEEE Recast

On 06, Aug 2015 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

sloveniaSlovenia has finally transposed Directive 2012/19/EU (WEEE Recast) into national law: Regulation No. 2350 on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2350. Uredba o odpadni električni in elektronski opremi) was officially published in the Slovenian Official Gazette on July 24, 2015.

There are still Germany and Poland missing, which have to publish final legislations. In Belgium, only Flanders has already transposed the WEEE Recast Directive into national law.

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Aug 2015

Germany: 1cc Supports Retailers in Take Back of WEEE

On 05, Aug 2015 | In News @en, WEEE | By Lisa Schmidt

ESchrottSammlung3_quadrThe new German regulation on WEEE (ElektroG2) is expected to come into force in autumn having passed the German Federal Council in the beginning of July without any amendments. Besides other changes it imposes new obligations on retailers including distance sellers. Amongst others, end users will be allowed to return their WEEE to a retailer free of charge. Retailers have to assure the environmentally sound recycling.

Our clients benefit from comprehensive consulting, for instance on information and notification requirements, as well as our administrative services. Together with our affiliated company TechProtect we offer convenient take-back solutions to retailers for 0:1 take-back (this means no initial purchase is made at the same time) as well as for 1:1 take-back (an equivalent device is bought).

Are you interested? Please contact:: info@1cc-consulting.com

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Jul 2015

Saudi Arabia: Draft Technical Regulation for Lighting Products Published

On 21, Jul 2015 | In ErP, News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

Arab_energy label_klThe Saudi Arabian Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization SASO has recently published a draft version of the standard “SASOXXXX:2015, Energy Efficiency, Functionality and Labeling Requirements for Lighting Products, Part1”.

The draft standard focuses on indirect and direct lamps having a luminous flux above 60 lumens or below 12 000 lumens.

Products in Scope are:

• Incandescent lamps
• Compact fluorescent lamps with integrated ballast (CFLi)
• Halogen lamps
• Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (Incandescent retrofit types)
• Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps (Halogen retrofit types)

These lighting products have to fulfil a variety of requirements with respect to electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility, performance, functionality, marking, energy efficiency and hazardous chemicals. When it comes to substance restrictions, the standard basically follows the requirements of EU Directive 2011/65/EU, with the exemption of Mercury.

The draft standard requires an energy efficiency label for all products in scope. This specific label for lighting products differs from the so far established energy efficiency label for household electrical appliances and is similar to the respective EU label.

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Jul 2015

OECD Study on nanomaterials completed – only France has specific regulation so far

On 20, Jul 2015 | In News @en, REACH | By Lisa Schmidt

Nano_green_FreeDigphotosNanomaterials are more and more used in cosmetics, pharmaceutics, paint and further products. The OECD has now completed a 7-year study on nanomaterials. The new findings shall be included into the current test-guidelines for nanomaterials.

In the EU, nanomaterials are in general covered by the REACH and CLP regulation; however they are not regulated in a special way. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is already examining if separate rules are necessary for protection of the potential hazards of nanomaterials. Right now, ECHA has called on registrants to update their registration dossiers with the newly available information.

French regulation on nanomaterials
France has a specific regulation on registration and notification for nanomaterials since 2013. Manufacturers, Importers and distributors have to notify nanomaterials in an annual volume above 100 g to the agency in charge, ANSES.

France is expecting further EU-member states to follow the lead and specifies countries like Italy, Belgium and Denmark. Most information on the regulation is only available in French, so companies that seek help for a notification in France are invited to contact 1cc.