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2012 ICPHSO Meeting and Symposium Addresses Global Regulatory Issues

The 2012 International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando moved into Workshop Day yesterday.  Some of the topics that were addressed: Global regulatory outlook Comparing Canadian and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Law EU Directives related to toys Effective recalls Risk management Global product safety strategies Hazardous substance regulations... Read More

ICPHSO Kicks Off Annual Meeting with Manufacturers Day

Yesterday was the first day of ICPHSO’s 2012 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida.  As a product safety certification body, MET Labs is participating. The first day was “Manufacturers Day.” For electronics manufacturers, the most relevant presentations focused on new supply chain disclosure requirements, and factors in standards development. Here are the key points... Read More

EPA Announces Final Criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the final 2012 recognition criteria for its ENERGY STAR “Most Efficient” designation, which recognizes products with exceptional efficiency performance. In the second year of this pilot effort, eight product categories will be eligible for recognition: Air-source heat pumps Boilers Central air conditioners Clothes washers Furnaces Geothermal heat... Read More

EU Association Accuses UL of Abusing Its Position in the U.S. Product Safety Certification Market

In October, a European industry association published a strong-worded position paper that details how EU manufacturers suffer from the “malfunctioning of the U.S. certification market,” due to Underwriters Laboratories’ “abuse of its dominant position.”  The paper’s author, Orgalime, is the European Engineering Industries Association that represents some 130,000 companies in the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking &... Read More