Restriction of NPE in Textile Products

On 14 January, 2016, the European Commission published a regulation in the Official Journal of the EU to restrict the use of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) in textile articles and to amend Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH). The restriction prohibits the articles containing a concentration of nonylphenol ethoxylates NPEs equal to or more than 0.01% (100 mg/kg) of the textile article or of each part of the textile article that can reasonably be expected to be washed in water during its normal lifecycle.

Succesfull collaboration with Dutch designers duo

Designer jeans: a term that has become as "mainstream" as any "mainstream" jeans. But, by saying this, one has overlooked Dutch designers duo G+N. Instead of stitching the seams, they simply glue them together, and they lay on the glue very thickly, indeed! Their unique look has been awarded by the 2008 Dutch Design Award.

PPE harmonised Standards

A new list of harmonised standards related to the PPE Directive has been published on 11th December 2015.

The new versions of the below standards are now harmonized:

  • EN ISO 11611:2015
  • EN ISO 11612:2015
  • EN ISO 14116:2015

Please note that technical files submitted before 31/1/2016 can still be certified according to the previous version of these standards.

As from 1/2/2016, the new harmonised versions apply.

Belgium introduces new patent taxes on 1/1/2016

Belgium will abolish several obsolete taxes on patents. So far the good news. The bad news is however that the annual taxes on patents will slightly increase. Anyway, this must not keep you from applying for a Belgian patent.


Belgian law gazette of 9 November 2015:

Reportage "Au coeur des textiles intelligents"

ViaEuregio s'est installé à Centexbel Grâce-Hollogne. Regardez le reportage sur la recherche, les analyses et le développement de textiles avancés de Centexbel.


Interview avec Bernard Paquet, Research Manager "Health, Safety and Security"

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Assessing formamide in toy puzzle mats

France has extended the temporary restriction of formamide in toy puzzle mats for yet another period of 12 months. The new law took effect on 26 October 2015.

IP marketplaces are rocketing

E-marketplaces are clearly no longer limited to the Kapaza’s and Ebay’s. For companies holding intellectual property rights it can be interesting to post their patents on these new and emerging IP marketplaces dedicated to intellectual properties and patents.

Assessment of SVHC substances in single articles

On 10 September 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) decided that the notification and information obligations relating to SVHC substances (substances of very high concern) for producers, importers and/or suppliers that are necessary for articles under certain conditions within the framework of the REACh regulation are valid for all individual articles that are components of a complex whole product (entire article) and that the SVHC threshold value of 0.1 % by weight and the calculation of a found SVHC substance refer to the examined single article and not to the entire artic

Package to modernise European Trade Mark System

National trade mark registration in the EU Member States was harmonised 20 years ago and the unitary Community trade mark was created more than 15 years ago. Since then, there have not been any major modifications.