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WEBINAR: European Commission Briefing on the New General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR)

This webinar is brought to you by the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) and the European Commission’s Product Safety Unit.

UK Product Safety Review Power Briefing Webinar

Join Cooley’s International Products Team for a 30 minute overview and discussion of the key proposals contained in the UK’s long awaited Product Safety Review and their potential impact on those doing business in the UK.

European Commission Publishes Its Proposed New Toy Safety Regulation

Edward Turtle and
Tracey Bischofberger

The European Commission published its legislative proposal to revise the Toy Safety Directive on 28 July 2023. This long-awaited proposal follows the evaluation of the Toy Safety Directive published in 2020 that identified a number of areas where it was thought that the existing rules could be strengthened. The draft legislation includes proposed reforms we expect could influence other European Union sector-specific product rules, such as proposed requirements for a Digital Product Passport to provide certain compliance information.

UK Product Safety Review Finally Published – and Contains Some Surprises

Claire Temple , Ed Turtle , Rod Freeman and Tracey Bischofberger

On 2 August 2023, the UK government published its long-awaited proposals for reform of the UK product safety regime. There are 13 wide-ranging proposals, some of which could radically change the UK product safety landscape and/or have a significant impact for stakeholders.

UK Government Announces ‘Indefinite’ Extension of CE Marking Recognition for 18 Categories of Goods

Rod Freeman , Claire Temple , Edward Turtle and Tracey Bischofberger

On the 1st August the UK government announced plans to extend recognition of CE marking ‘indefinitely’ beyond the upcoming December 2024 legislative deadline for certain products placed on the Great Britain market (England, Wales and Scotland).   This announcement means that the UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark will no longer be required on many products, which is a significant change of position from the UK government. The details – including how divergence will be accommodated – are not yet clear, so there are a number of unanswered questions. However, read on for what we know so far.  

European Parliament Adopts Negotiating Mandate on Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation

Emma Bichet and Fergal Duggan

We are one step closer to adoption of the European Union’s new Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation, which is set to have a big impact on several groups of consumer products, as well as intermediates, such as chemicals, iron, steel and aluminium.

New Consumer Product Safety Rules finally land in Europe

Rod Freeman

It has been more than a decade since proposals were first made to reform the long-standing General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) in Europe.  A lot has happened since then, and as of this week, we now have a new General Product Safety Regulation on the books to replace the GPSD.

European Due Diligence Increasing as Parliament Approves New Deforestation Regulation

Emma Bichet and Selma Abdel-Qader

On 19 April 2023, the European Parliament formally approved a new European Union Deforestation Regulation on commodities and products associated with deforestation and forest degradation.

Productwise On Demand: Looking to the Green Frontier

Curious to learn more about the European Commission’s proposals and initiatives striving to achieve a circular economy?

Changes to English court rules take a bite out of “loser-pays” costs scheme for personal injury cases

Rod Freeman, Jamie Humphreys, Corinne Robinson and Anushi Amin

The rules governing liability for legal costs in death and personal injury cases in UK courts, are being changed to increase the amount of costs that defendants can recover from unsuccessful claimants. New rules impacting cost recovery will apply for claims issued on or after today’s date, 6 April 2023.