Product Safety

Tobias Porkristl

Diplom-Ingenieur

Tobias Porkristl

 

Marco Kühn

Diplom-Ingenieur

Tel: +49 (0)345 686977-14
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Marco Kühn

 

CE Conformity

Requirements on the product

Certification of CE conformity is an identification marking in accordance with European Union legislation for a large number of industrial products.

The labelling obligation arises from diverse sets of rules for various product groups:

  • Machine Directive
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Low Voltage Directive
  • Building Products
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • etc.

The objective of CE labelling is to ensure that the consumer receives a standardized safe product. Liability for the safe use of the industrial product rests with the manufacturer or importer of the product.

It is therefore important for the entrepreneur and manufacturer to apply all specifications relevant to the product from the directives and their regulations transposed into national legislation. We provide expert and constructive support for customer enterprises right up to the time the product is placed on the market. This ensures extensive adherence to the required CE conformity.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Tobias Porkristl
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-15
E-Mail: porkristl(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Eduard Münich
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-17
E-Mail: muenich(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
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Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

ElektroG-Compliance (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act)

Obligations arising from the area of waste legislation

Special laws on ensuring the environmentally compatible disposal of wastes create new obligations for manufacturers and users. In addition to the Verpackungsverordnung (Packaging Ordinance), the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act and the Batteriegesetz (Battery Act) must be complied with. Particularly manufacturers of items that come under these laws need to comply with manifold registration, notification, labelling and reporting obligations, as well as substance bans.

In order to minimize the costs incurred, a check needs to be performed to see which products actually come under the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act or the Battery Act. In addition, the legal assessment of exemption provisions and cases of doubt is particularly important for avoiding risks and ensuring product safety.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Tobias Porkristl
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-15
E-Mail: porkristl(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Marco Kühn
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-14
E-Mail: kuehn(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

REACH compliance

Expertise in chemicals and safety

The European legislation on chemicals and hazardous substances and the REACH Directive confront small and medium-sized enterprises with new challenges again and again, requiring intensive preoccupation with this topic.

For example, candidate lists must be observed and required actions defined for the chemicals used in a company. In parallel with this, new labelling regulations from the area of the globally harmonized system for classifying and labelling chemicals (GHS) must be implemented.

In this complex environment, we support our customers as an expert liaison partner, who not only takes the current status into account, but also intensively monitors future developments.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Tobias Porkristl
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-15
E-Mail: porkristl(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Dr. Kerstin Beiner
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-24
E-Mail: beiner(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

RoHS - Substance Bans

Restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

The so-called RoHS Directive (Directive 2011/65/EU), previously (Directive 2002/95/EC), defines the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The Directive was implemented in Germany by means of the Elektro- und Elektronikgeräte-Stoff-Verordnung (German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Substances Ordinance - ElektroStoffV).

The ElektroStoffV affects manufacturers and importers of household appliances, IT and consumer electronics, electric tools, toys as well as sports and leisure equipment, medical appliances, monitoring and control equipment.

Electrical equipment, for example, may be placed on the market only if certain substances like lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) or cadmium have been largely avoided.

Furthermore, technical documentation must be prepared, internal production inspections implemented, an EC Declaration of Conformity issued and CE marking affixed to the product. This already needs to be done today for products for which requirements had also been defined in the previous RoHS Directive. Transition periods no longer apply to these products.

If a product could not hitherto be assigned to an equipment category in accordance with RoHS, companies need to check the category to which the products are to be assigned based on the new scope. This means that all electrical and electronic equipment will have been recorded. This also applies to those products for which the electrical function may not be the primary function.

Once the category has been defined, companies then need to check the date from which RoHS is to apply to this category. If your product were assignable, say, to the new category 11 (other electrical and electronic equipment not covered by any of the categories above), the ROHS Directive would need to be applied from 22 August 2019 onwards, i.e. the technical documentation including the EC Certificate of Conformity would need to exist for the product from this point in time onwards.

BfU provides support, in the context of product compliance, in identifying the requirements for your electrical products and in formulating required measures, assisting you with the implementation process.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Tobias Porkristl
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-15
E-Mail: porkristl(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Marco Kühn
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-14
E-Mail: kuehn(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Life Cycle Assessment

Environmental assessment of products

A life cycle assessment (LCA) enables all environmental impacts (e.g. emissions) of a product to be systematically analysed and assessed over its life cycle. This includes resource extraction, energy provision, manufacture of the product, transport services, as well as the use and disposal of the product.

An LCA enables

  • the environmental impacts of a product to be assessed;
  • the environmental impacts of the individual life stages to be identified;
  • the environmental impacts of different products and services to be compared;
  • the effectiveness of measures for protecting the environment to be assessed.

An LCA therefore provides the basis for

  • future-oriented product development - eco design
  • strategic decisions in sustainability management
  • marketing and communication
  • eco-labels and environmental product declarations (EPDs)

According to DIN EN ISO 14040 "Environmental Management – Life Cycle Assessment", an LCA comprises the following elements:

  • Definition of objective and analysis framework
  • Life cycle inventory (consumptions and emissions are compared with the benefit)
  • Impact assessment (systematic assessment of the environmental impacts)
  • Evaluation

Instead of a product (product life cycle assessment), a process (process life cycle assessment) or an entire company (corporate life cycle assessment) can also be analysed.

The aim of every life cycle assessment is to provide a quantitative recording of the environmental situation and to use the results to derive measures for reducing the environmental pollution caused by the product, process or company. A comparison of different products and services is also possible.

We will be pleased to assist you in using a life cycle assessment to analyse and assess the environmental impacts of your products/processes/company.

As an additional step we compile Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs) according to DIN EN ISO 14025 „Umweltkennzeichnungen und -deklarationen - Typ III Umweltdeklarationen - Grundsätze und Verfahren (ISO 14025:2006); Deutsche und Englische Fassung EN ISO 14025:2011“ for your products or, in case they are building products, according to DIN EN 15804 „Nachhaltigkeit von Bauwerken- Umweltproduktdeklarationen- Grundregeln für die Produktkategorie Bauprodukte; Deutsche Fassung EN 15804:2012+A1:2013“.

We transfer the results of the LCA into the necessary reports (background report and EPD-report) and support you regarding the verification process. Here we consider the general principles as well as the specific regulations for the product group (Product Categoy Rules - PCR) of the "Institut für Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU)".

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Tobias Porkristl
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-15
E-Mail: porkristl(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Marco Kühn
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-14
E-Mail: kuehn(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Preparation Of Safety Data Sheets

Legally compliant preparation and tracking of safety data sheets

A safety data sheet (SDS) provides all information that users need in order to handle chemicals professionally. This includes detailed information on the composition of the product, on possible hazards and on safe handling, storage and transport.

Who needs to prepare an SDS?

  • Manufacturers, importers or retailers (suppliers of a product) must provide safety data sheets free of charge and without special request on paper or electronically no later than the date on which the product is first supplied.
  • While retailers do not need to display safety data sheets, a professional user may, in principle, request a safety data sheet as a customer in a building supplies store, a chemist's or other shops. The retailer is then obliged to make this available to him.
  • Pure users of chemicals do not have to prepare safety data sheets themselves. However, a company-level user must check whether a safety data sheet is prescribed for a chemical and whether one exists in his/her own company.

When does an SDS need to be prepared for a product?

Under Article 31 of the REACH Regulation, the supplier of a substance or a mixture must provide the recipient with a safety data sheet if

  • the substance meets the criteria for classification as dangerous in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 or the mixture meets the criteria for classification as dangerous in accordance with Directive 1999/45/EC or
  • the substance is persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex XIII or
  • the substance has been included in the candidate list (in accordance with Article 59).

A user may also request a safety data sheet where a mixture does not meet the criteria for classification as dangerous, but

  • contains, in a defined concentration below the classification limit, at least one substance posing human health or environmental hazards, a PBT or vPvB substance or a substance that has been included in the candidate list (in accordance with Article 59), or
  • a substance for which there are Community workplace exposure limits.

What requirements on safety data sheets must be complied with?

Requirements on safety data sheets are defined by Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH), particularly by Article 31 in conjunction with Annex II.

Safety data sheets must be updated in accordance with the REACH Regulation if, for example, there have been changes to classification and identification, evidence of hazards in terms of carcinogenicity, mutagenicity or toxicity for reproduction exists or new limit value classifications are made.

The safety data sheet must be supplied to the recipient in an official language of the relevant country in which the substance or mixture is placed on the market, unless the Member State concerned provides otherwise.

The supplier of a product is responsible for ensuring that the safety data sheet is technically correct and complete. It is important that this document should be regularly brought into line with the latest developments in knowledge.

Safety data sheets must be prepared by experts.

Our interdisciplinary team will be pleased to prepare safety data sheets for your products and update your existing safety data sheets.

We prepare our safety data sheets on the basis of the REACH Regulation, being guided by "Guidance on the Preparation of Safety Data Sheets", issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and by Notification 220, "Safety Data Sheet", issued by the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), which provides assistance with preparation of sections of the data sheet in which national specifications and insights must be taken into account or to which the guidance provided by ECHA does not refer.

Further information on requirements and prerequisites as well as on extended data sheets is available here.

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Tobias Porkristl
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-15
E-Mail: porkristl(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Dr. Kerstin Beiner
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-24
E-Mail: beiner(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Marketability Studies

Obligations arising from the area of product legislation and related fields of law

As a result of a large number of European regulations and their national implementation, such as the REACH Regulation, the RoHS II Directive (implementation via the Elektro- und Elektronikgeräte-Stoff-Verordnung (German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Substances Ordinance - ElektroStoffV)), the Battery Directive (implementation via the Batteriegesetz (German Batteries Act - BattG)), the Ecodesign Directive (implementation via the Energieverbrauchsrelevante-Produkte-Gesetz (the German Energy-Related Products Act - EPVG)) etc., manufacturers, importers and even retailers are being called upon, on the one hand, to carry out labelling and the corresponding certification as part of product and user safety in accordance with the statutory provisions and, on the other hand, to ensure that substance restrictions and bans are complied with.

The statutory regulations describe general obligations for economic operators and define requirements for CE marking (where necessary). Manufacturers and importers are under an obligation to take necessary measures in order to ensure that only products that comply with the applicable statutory regulations come onto the market.

This presents many companies with major challenges due to the complexity of constantly changing regulations.

We support companies on the way to making their products available on the European market in a legally certain manner. To this end, we offer comprehensive marketability studies in the form of product compliance assessments. As part of these assessments, the product is analyzed in its actual state so as to derive measures that are necessary to enable the product ultimately to be placed on the market in a legally certain manner.

The marketability studies that we carry out comprise the following services, which we tailor to the individual products in consultation with our customers:

  • Checking the completeness of conformity assessment procedures that have been carried out: e.g. audit reports in accordance with
    - EMC Directive (Directive 2004/108/EC, in future Directive 2014/30/EU) / EMVG (German EMC Act)
    - R&TTE Directive (Directive 1999/5/EC, in future Directive 2014/53/EU) / Gesetz über Funkanlagen und Telekommunikationsendeeinrichtungen (German Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Act - FTEG)
    - Low-Voltage Directive (2006/95/EC, in future Directive 2014/35/EU)/ 1. Verordnung zum Produktsicherheitsgesetz (1st Ordinance Pertaining to the German Product Safety Act - 1. ProdSGV)
    - RoHS II Directive (Directive 2011/65/EU) / ElektroStoffV
    - REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1907/2006)
    - Ecodesign Directive (Directive 2009/125/EC) and the implementing regulations
  • Checking the completeness of technical documents:
    - operating instructions
    - warning notices
    - intended use
    - misapplications
  • Checking the CE marking requirement
  • CE classification of products
  • Preparing CE declarations of conformity
  • Checking substance restrictions and bans: e.g. in accordance with
    - RoHS II Directive (Directive 2011/65/EU) / ElektroStoffV
    - REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1907/2006)
    - POP Regulation (Regulation (EC) 850/2004)
  • Checking the labelling and registration requirement in accordance with the WEEE Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU / Directive 2002/96/EC) (or the Elektrogesetz (German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act - ElektroG))
  • Checking the labelling and registration requirements in accordance with the Battery Directive (Directive 2006/66/EC) (or BattG)
  • Checking conformity with the Textile Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1007/2011)
  • Checking conformity with the Toy Safety Directive (Directive 2009/48/EC)
  • Checking conformity with the Verpackungsverordnung (German Packaging Ordinance -national legislation)

Your contact persons in our offices

Kassel

Tobias Porkristl
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-15
E-Mail: porkristl(at)bfu-ag.de

Halle

Marco Kühn
Telefon: +49 (0)345 686977-14
E-Mail: kuehn(at)bfu-ag.de

Hamburg

Dr. Antonia Goldner
Telefon: +49 (0)40 30238698-3
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weinstadt

Hans-Ulrich Terme
Telefon: +49 (0)561 96996-14
E-Mail: terme(at)bfu-ag..de

Wetzlar

Stefan Bender
Telefon: +49 (0)6441 29-2515
E-Mail: bender(at)bfu-ag.de

Wuppertal

Axel Dreyer
Telefon: +49 (0)202 3171-3274
E-Mail: dreyer(at)bfu-ag.de

Any further questions?

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