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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 International Environment, Climate 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

Leaves as seen under a microscope

Publications: 21 SEPTEMBER 2021

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Build Back Better Act – proposals related to Tax Credits and Clean Energy

On 10 September 2021 the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee proposed a range of green energy tax incentives (the “Bill”) to be enacted through the budget reconciliation process. The chairman of the…

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Bird's eye view, trees, greenery

Publications: 10 AUGUST 2021

EU fleshes out plan to finance transition to a green economy

Kelly Sporn writes in The Banker.

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Publications: 04 AUGUST 2021

New SFDR principal adverse impacts (or PAI) regime – key points

The new principal adverse impacts or PAI regime is one of the most challenging elements of the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). It will require relevant firms to provide…

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Biodiversity; ecosystem protection; CBD COP15; COP26

Blog Post: 04 AUGUST 2021

TNFD: expanding the focus from climate to nature

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is a market-led international initiative which builds on the model developed by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures…

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