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Dec 2019

Happy holidays

On 20, Dec 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

We wish our customers and partners happy holidays and all the best for the new year!

From 23.12.2019 we will take a short break and close our office. We will be back for you starting from 02.01.2020.

Your 1cc Team

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Dec 2019

EEU RoHS TR 037/2016: End of Transition Period on March 1, 2020

On 18, Dec 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

Starting from March 1, 2020, all products in scope of EEU RoHS TR 037/2016 must comply with the legal requirements before they are placed on the market in Eurasian Economic Union. For imported products, the market surveillance will start at the border, as the customs authorities are entitled to require the proof of compliance for the concerned goods.

EAEU RoHS establishes restrictions for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) with the same thresholds as per EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. While product scope and exemptions are very similar compared with EU RoHS Directive, the key differences can be found in the field of personal scope and conformity assessment.

The conformity assessment procedure includes among others the registration of the declaration of conformity and EAC marking. It can be initiated by manufacturer with legal seat in one of the countries members of Eurasian Economic Union or by its authorized representative as well as by the importer.

1cc will be happy to help you to understand and fulfill your compliance obligations. Please contact us at contact@1cc-consulting.com

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Dec 2019

Distribution and Transport of Lithium Batteries – UN 38.3 Test Summary mandatory from 1 January 2020

On 16, Dec 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

Starting from 1 January 2020, manufacturers and distributors of lithium batteries are obligated to document the report on battery testing according to the UN 38.3 test and make it available to battery users.

Before lithium batteries or products containing lithium batteries are sold to users and transported for this purpose, manufacturers and distributors must obtain information on the testing of the batteries from the supply chain.

The required test summary must comply with the UN regulation. This requirement applies to all types of lithium batteries (including button cells) and covers various types of transport, such as road, rail, inland waterway, maritime transport and air cargo.

Furthermore, manufacturers and distributors are must actively pass this information on to users.

We will be happy to assist you in implementing these requirements.

Please contact: contact@1cc-compliance.com

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Dec 2019

UAE RoHS: Open Scope and New Substance Restrictions as of January 1, 2020

On 11, Dec 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

The transition period for compliance with certain requirements under the United Arab Emirates Cabinet Decision No. 10/2017, the so-called UAE RoHS, will end beginning 2020. As of January 1, the following obligations will apply:

  • Extension of scope: The “open” scope will include all electrical and electronic products according to Annex 1, point 11. In addition, the substance restriction for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE will also apply to medical devices, diagnostic medical devices and monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments.
  • Substance restrictions for DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP: As in the EU, the four phthalates are restricted in electrical and electronic products with a maximum concentration value of 0,1 percent tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials. However, medical devices, as well as monitoring and control instruments will not be affected by the new substance restriction on the date mentioned.

1cc remains at your disposal for any assistance you may require on compliance to the UAE RoHS. Please contact us at contact@1cc-consulting.com.

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Dec 2019

Germany: Enforcement of Packaging Legislation

On 09, Dec 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

The German Packaging Register (ZSVR) has announced the tightening of the Packaging Law (VerpackG) enforcement.

The Packaging Law has entered into force on 1 January 2019. According to the ZSVR, now the transitional period has ended. Companies that do not fulfil their manufacturer obligations risk receiving a fine of up to € 200,000. Additionally, the authorities can prohibit non-compliant companies from accessing the market.


Against this background, the ZSVR collaborates closely with the responsible enforcement authorities and constantly reports infringements to them. So far, in 2019 fines between € 15,000 to € 25,000 have been imposed.

We will be happy to assist you to meet your producer obligations.

Please contact: contact@1cc-compliance.com

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Dec 2019

Russia: Implementation of TR EEU 041/2017 “On Safety of Chemical Products” Starts

On 02, Dec 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

The Technical Regulation of Eurasian Economic Union TR EEU 041/2017 “On Safety of Chemical Products” is not in force yet (planned entry into force 01.06.2021) but some member states are already well on the way to its implementation.

On November 11, the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade (the authority responsible for the implementation of the Technical Regulation on the national level in Russia) announced the start of the inventory building of chemical substances and mixtures. Note that Russia preferred to revoke its own national REACH legislation (Decree No.1019/2016) and focused on the implementation of the Technical Regulation of Eurasian Economic Union instead.

Manufactures and importers can now submit information on chemical substances and mixtures already placed on the market or planned for the introduction on the market in the Russian Federation to a database hosted on the website of the above indicated Ministry. The collected information will be included in the national part of the Register of Chemical Substances of Eurasian Economic Union. Substances and mixtures recorded in this register will not be considered as new substances and will be exempted from a complex notification procedure requiring the study of the hazardous properties of the substances and compilation of a chemical safety report.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at: contact@1cc-consulting.com

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Nov 2019

Germany: Never before have so many products been subject to copyright levies

On 27, Nov 2019 | In Copyright Levies, News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

After alone this year and alone in Germany, two other large product families became taxable through contracts between collecting societies and companies, Smartwatches are now also taxable. Manufacturers and importers have to pay 1.50 euros per unit. The agreement for Smartwatches applies retroactively from 1 January 2019 and at least until the end of 2022. Only then can the amount of levies be renegotiated.

While the scope of taxable products in Germany was manageable for a long time, it has now become inclusive and comprehensive. Germany is one of the countries with levies on reprography equipment, which includes copiers, printers and scanners. In addition, until a few years ago, only some storage media were subject to levies. But intensive negotiations took place so that today, practically all relevant IT devices, all storage media and the entire range of consumer electronics are additionally subject to copyright levies.

Ultimately, the contracting parties have overcome long-standing obstacles to negotiations, the European market is more competitive, companies have more planning security and right holders have more income.

However, many more companies now have more work to do in terms of sales volume reporting. For example, a Smartwatch must first be clearly distinguished from a pure fitness tracker as well as from jewellery and toys in accordance with the product definition in the tariff agreement.

For more information: copyright@1cc-consulting.com

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Oct 2019

More sustainability for household appliances

On 21, Oct 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

At the beginning of October, the European Commission adopted new ecodesign measures for some product groups, among others electronic displays (including televisions), light sources and external power suppliers. The novelty of this set of ecodesign requirements consists in its valuable contribution to circular economy objectives. Thus, for the first time the ecodesign requirements also cover the matters of products reparability and recyclability. For example, promoting reparability, in practical terms, means increasing the lifespan of the equipment, which can be made possible through increasing the availability of spare parts over longer time periods after the purchase of appliances.

The newly adopted measures (combined with the energy labels adopted in March) are expected to save as much as 167 TWh of energy per year by the year 2030, which in its turn equals to a CO2 reduction of over 46 million tons, possibly saving consumers €150 per year on average.

More information at: https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-5895_en.htm

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Sep 2019

Germany – The Packaging Register has published Minimum Standard for the Assessment of the Recyclability of Packaging

On 19, Sep 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

In coordination with the German Federal Environment Agency, on 1 September 2019 the Central Packaging Register (ZSVR) has published the minimum standard for the assessment of the recyclability of packaging subject to system participation.

This is in line with the requirements of § 21 (1) VerpackG, which stipulates that schemes are obliged to calculate the participation fees in such a way that incentives are included with respect to environmentally friendly(ier) production of packaging. The aim of the standard is to help provide schemes with a uniform framework for the determination of packaging recyclability.

This standard is expected to be reviewed and updated annually on the basis of technical progress and feedback reports from the schemes; the next update is planned beginning June 2020.

Further information: www.verpackungsregister.org/fileadmin/files/Mindeststandard/Mindeststandard_VerpackG_2019.pdf

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Sep 2019

GRS to change Legal Status – Reduction of Costs prospected

On 19, Sep 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt

On 28 August 2019, the collective compliance scheme for portable batteries in Germany, Stiftung Gemeinsames Rücknahmesystem Batterien (GRS), has informed their members that they will apply for an approval as a so-called producer-owned battery compliance scheme according to Article 7 of the German Battery Act (BattG).

Currently, the GRS is a collective battery compliance scheme according to Article 6 of the Battery Act and operates as a foundation on a non-profit basis.

Against that background, the GRS is obligated to pay for collection and recycling of all batteries that are collected in public collection points, regardless of whether the producer of the collected batteries is member of GRS or another take-back scheme. This situation has caused financial imbalance between the GRS and the producer-owned battery compliance schemes.

In order to change the situation, the GRS intends to change their legal status. Once the change is implemented, the costs for take-back and recycling will be shared between all producer-owned battery compliance schemes, the load-balance will be calculated on the total volumes collected in Germany and the market share of the schemes.

As this will reduce the financial burden of the GRS, they have announced that they will be able to reduce the contributions of their members and offer competitive prices.

The new battery law that is expected to enter into force in 2022 will implement further improvements regarding the load-balance between the compliance schemes for portable batteries.