Category: Policy

Spotlight on the EU’s New Sustainability Measures: Webinar Recording

The EU adopted its new “circular economy” package on 30 March, 2022. The legislative package will have a big impact on many businesses and other product stakeholders.

Circular economy: new EU and UK measures

Emma Bichet, Fergal Duggan and Jack Eastwood

This article summarises the key proposals in the EU’s Circular Economy Package I, looks at similar initiatives in the UK and provides some practical advice for businesses seeking to understand the potential effects of these initiatives.

Productwise Bitesize: New EU Chemicals Restriction Roadmap: Anything but restrictive

Emma Bichet and Jack Eastwood

On the 25 April 2022, the European Commission published a “Restrictions Roadmap” as part of the EU’s Chemicals Strategy. – read our summary here!

UK regulator publishes new Codes of Practice for Product Safety

Rod Freeman and Julia Maskell

The UK product safety regulator has published two important new Codes of Practice for Product Safety – read our summary here!

PIVOT! The consultation on RoHS reform is now open

Emma Bichet and Corinne Robinson

The public consultation on improving the EU’s Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (“RoHS”) opened on 10 March 2022.  It will be ongoing until 2 June 2022.  Here’s our take on what’s on the horizon for the RoHS regime, and how it can impact business, particularly those active in the electronics products space.

First, do no harm: EU proposes new rules on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

Max Lees, Juan Nascimbene, Emma Bichet and Fergal Duggan

In this blog, Cooley’s international products and public international law specialists review the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and its practical implications for product manufacturers, and their directors.

What to expect from new EU rules on sustainable products due 30 March 2022

Edward Turtle and Tracey Bischofberger

Proposed new laws on sustainable products are coming in the EU to replace the existing ecodesign framework and introduce digital product passports and new transparency rules on destroying unsold consumer products. Below is our take on what to expect, based on the latest intelligence, under the proposals scheduled to be published on 30 March 2022.