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Food labelling: recent key changes and initiatives in a bid to place the UK at the forefront of a fast changing area
The past few months have seen significant changes in the regulation of food labelling. Further change seems imminent also given the UK Government’s apparent continued appetite to update legislation relating to allergenic ingredients.
On 20 December 2021, the European Commission reported that the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation that will apply as from 26 May 2022, can be progressively rolled out, following its adoption by the European Parliament and Council, enabling the continued supply of essential in vitro diagnostic medical devices and the protection of public health and safety.
A new regulatory regime and a new regulator: a new era for the regulation of construction products in the UK?
The UK Government’s Building Safety Bill which is currently passing through parliament and is expected to receive Royal Assent in 2022 will reform the regulation of the building and construction sector. Here, we look at the changes the Bill and associated legislation intend to make to the construction products regulatory regime.
UK Vehicle Standards Agency publishes details of enforcement policies and practices - ensuring vehicles and their components meet safety and environmental standards
On 7 October 2021, the UK Government published new guidance on how the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency ensures that vehicles, trailers, equipment and their components meet safety and environmental standards.
The increased regulation of Energy-related Products, energy-using or energy-saving products that “have an impact on energy consumption during use”, continues to play a central role in supporting the UK’s commitment to reach its environmental targets, including its 2050 net zero target.
Two high-profile institutions, LEGO Group and UNICEF, have recently underlined the vital importance of considering diversity and inclusion in respect of children’s product design and advertising with two recent initiatives in this area.
There have recently been sweeping changes in respect of EU’s toy safety regulatory regime. These ongoing developments are set to fundamentally and irrevocably change the legal landscape in respect of these products, and therefore industry should be aware of the matters as they continue to unfold.
We’re delighted to announce that our London office is to move into London’s iconic Walkie-Talkie building as part of a major workplace transformation programme.
On 11 March 2021, the Office for Product Safety and Standards opened a consultation via its UK Product Safety Review, exploring changes to existing product safety laws to ensure the framework is fit for the future.
Public access to ECHA’s chemicals database on substances of very high concern: improved consumer and supply chain awareness or heightened legal risks?
Recently, the European Chemicals Agency database of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) has been opened to allow the public to access it. The database lists details of articles containing SVHCs across a broad range of product categories, from food, footwear to foodstuffs. However, this development brings with it both opportunities, but also risks.