Product Compliance & Automotive Regulatory

We identify and keep track of worldwide regulatory changes with the focus on areas such as:

product compliance, product safety, vehicle type approval and homologation, import restrictions, international trade law, radio certification, material compliance, chemistry, environmental regulations, electric vehicles, cybersecurity and autonomous driving.

Below you will find an excerpt of the world News on regulations from these areas.
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Proposal for an EU Regulation on a Circular Economy for Textiles

The EU Commission has proposed rules to make producers responsible for the full lifecycle of textile products and to support the sustainable management of textile waste across the EU.

The rules shall amend the Waste Framework Directive to include a harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for textile products.


The new EU Product Safety Regulation

The adopted EU regulation, effective as of June 12, 2023, will directly replace the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC after the transition period, without the need for national implementation.

The European Union regulation includes significant changes aimed at ensuring product safety and consumer protection in the modern age.


New Regulation on Batteries and Used Batteries Coming into Effect

After long negotiations, the Batteries and Waste Batteries Regulation was officially published and will come into effect on 17.08.2023.

The aim of the Regulation is to create a circular economy for the battery sector, encompassing all stages of the battery lifecycle, from design to disposal.


EU releases new Machinery Regulation

The European Union (EU) recently adopted a new Machinery Regulation that will replace the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which has been in place for more than 15 years.

The new regulation aims to ensure the safety of advanced machinery, such as autonomous machines and collaborative robots, and to provide a high level of protection for European industry.


EU proposes the Critical Raw Materials Act

The European Union (EU) proposed a landmark piece of legislation, the Critical Raw Materials Act (CRM-Act) to address growing concerns about the availability and sustainability of critical raw materials.

The materials involved are critical to future-oriented industries such as electronics, renewable energy, and transportation.


ECHA processes proposal to restrict PFAS

Recently, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a proposal it received to restrict the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on EU level.

In January 2023, five EU member states (GER, NED, SWE, NOR, DEN) submitted a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (EACH) to generally restrict the use of PFAS.


Amendment to the EU Radio Equipment Directive (RED)

The European Parliament and Council Directive 2014/53/EU establishes the regulatory framework for the placing of radio equipment on the market in the European Union.

Directive 2022/2380 amending the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU aims to introduce a uniform charging solution for a wide range of radio equipment.


EU proposes Net-Zero Industry- and Critical Raw Materials Acts

The European Commission publishes proposals for the Net-Zero Industry Act and the Critical Raw Materials Act to establish a legal framework to protect and support the green technology industry.

The goal of the Net-Zero Industry Act is for the Union’s strategic net-zero technology manufacturing capacity to reach or approach at least 40% of the Union’s annual demand by 2030.


EU and India resume negotiations on trade agreement

After a hiatus of more than eight years, India and the EU resume their FTA negotiations with the potential to strengthen the automotive industry.

The trade negotiations aim to boost trade and investment flows between the two regions by reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers, include investment protection clauses and open markets for services and public procurement.


The European Commission to revise Council Directive 96/53/EC

The European Commission is planning to revise Council Directive 96/53/EC on the maximum permissible weights and dimensions of heavy goods vehicles (“Weights and Dimensions Directive”).

The objective is to align the directive with the intended targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in transport.


EU Commission announces new EU cyber security requirements

The EU Commission is issuing new EU draft legislation on cyber resilience.

With the proposed legislation, manufacturers, importers and distributors of products with digital elements will be subject to extensive obligations.


EU Commission announces Euro 7 emissions standard

This standard is intended to combine the Euro 6 standard for passenger cars and Euro 6 for commercial vehicles into one set of emissions regulations for all.

Generally, the Euro 7 standard applies to all vehicles, regardless of whether they are diesel, gasoline, hybrid or purely electrically powered.


New draft for EU product liability directive

The Commission presented its long-awaited draft for a new product liability directive on Sept. 28, 2022.

The industry may have to prepare for a drastic tightening of product liability legislation in Europe. One of the main new aspects in this draft, is the cybersecurity requirements of the product.


EU proposes to ban products manufactured using forced labor

The proposal is based on internationally agreed definitions and standards.

National authorities will be authorized to remove products produced in forced labor from the EU market following an investigation. EU customs authorities will both identify and stop products produced in forced labor at the EU’s external borders.


New EU draft Regulation regarding Microplastic published

This draft Regulation will introduce a new entry to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.

The European Commission has published a draft regulation to restrict placing microplastics and certain products containing microplastics, on the market. The restriction will be adopted under the REACH regulation, which sets the EU framework for chemicals.


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