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Product Stewardship

The international trade in, and marketing of, products is subject to growing regulatory burdens.

Legislators around the world are increasingly taking a product-centred approach to environmental protection, imposing obligations on manufacturers, distributors, importers, users and disposers to reduce the environmental impacts of products, from the sourcing of raw materials to the management at their end-of life stage. Members of our Global Environmental and Regulatory Law Group are well-placed to advise on all aspects of this cycle.

Our product liability practice provides strategic advice and practical assistance to all operators in the supply chain, covering a wide range of products, including industrial equipment, automotives, medical devices, electronic equipment and other consumer goods.

We are involved at all stages of the production and marketing chain, from regulatory compliance at the strategic planning stage, to product labelling issues (including CE marking) and product liability risk assessments. We also assist clients with the regulatory impact of product misuse and product health and safety issues such as exposure to asbestos or other hazardous content.

We support clients on the practical impacts of regulatory enforcement action, including product investigations, recall, litigation, toxic torts and the associated reputational issues.

We have established global product teams dealing specifically with producer responsibility and product liability issues, who help our clients ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and managing product risks - enabling them to do business across the globe.

We also focus on trade and export controls enabling our clients to understand and comply with the complex challenges of operating within the ever expanding international trade sanctions.

Topics on which we routinely advise include:

  • product safety and recall
  • managing supply chains, sales channels, logistics and customer disputes
  • RoHS and WEEE directives, including the chemical content of products
  • China RoHS
  • Batteries Directive
  • U.S. and European sanctions, exemptions and approvals
  • dual-use product restrictions
  • medical devices
  • U.S. conflict minerals legislation
  • scoping and implementing due diligence on supply chains
  • drafting and negotiating product supply terms and associated compliance certifications and warranties
  • U.S. rules on e-waste and substance restrictions
  • EMC requirements
  • EuP Directive and implementing measures
  • waste shipment regulations
  • carriage of dangerous goods and substances
  • packaging requirements
  • developing compliance plans and strategies
  • carrying out product registrations and certifications
  • market surveillance initiatives
  • product liability

News & insights

Publications: 11 SEPTEMBER 2020

Podcast: What’s driving Indonesia’s electric vehicle industry?

This week’s episode of G&R Airtime examines Indonesia’s competitive edge in the electric vehicle industry, but also the challenges players in this sector face.

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Publications: 07 AUGUST 2020

Irish Supreme Court ruling on FIE vs. Ireland – increasing pressure for European governments to bolster climate ambitions

On 31 July 31 2020, the Irish Supreme Court quashed the national plan for tackling climate change adopted by the Irish Government in 2017. In the wake of the December 2019 Urgenda landmark ruling in…

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Publications: 05 AUGUST 2020

Will climate change go up the boardroom agenda following Covid-19?

We believe that the global Covid-19 pandemic will lead to society at large taking climate change much more seriously. While parts of the business and financial community, and governments and…

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Publications: 29 JULY 2020

Updated Equator Principles: Transition to Version 4

Following an extensive consultation process, the Equator Principles Association (EP Association) adopted a fourth iteration of the Equator Principles (EP4) on 18 November 2019. Originally, EP4 was due…

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