We all hope that the predictions about the spread and seriousness of COVID-19 (coronavirus) prove to be unfounded. Whatever course the development of the virus takes, many of the measures that have been taken or are under consideration by governments, businesses and other organisations are already having or will have a significant effect on commercial relationships and commercial life generally.
In January 2018, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) provided its much-awaited response to proposals for reform to the product safety and product recall regimes.
On 9 January 2018, the UK introduced a ban on the manufacture or supply of products containing microbeads, following a worldwide trend towards greater oversight of plastic pollution. The ban will affect manufacturers of a wide range of cosmetics products, including face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels.
In December 2017, the EU took a big step towards rules for drones that will apply across the European Union. Amongst changes to existing aviation rules, the new regulation will establish a framework for civil drones.
In December last year, the European published a new “Goods Package” – proposals to significantly reform aspects of product regulation in the EU by 2020. The proposals mainly focus on aspects of enforcement of existing rules.