North American regulators recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase cooperation in response to product safety issues.
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.