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[WEBINAR] How to Create a User Manual for Machinery in 5 Steps and Avoid Legal Pitfalls

law and legislation

In this webinar I will outline a step-by-step approach to create compliant user instructions for machinery. I will share practical information for each step of my approach....


CE Marking Responsibilities for Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors

law and legislation

Importers, manufacturers and distributors of products have different responsibilities when it comes to compliance matters. I have enhanced my CE marking article with these different responsibilities. ...


Which Countries Accept the CE Mark?

law and legislation

Products travel and have to deal with acceptance by other nationalities. CE marking has made things much easier. Do you want to know which countries accept CE marked products? ...


The Benefits of CE Marking

law and legislation

Brexit leaves the EU, tensions between Italy and the EU grow, populists gain power everywhere. Have we forgotten what working together all brought us?...


Customs & VAT When Importing to the EU: A How-to-Guide

Other topics

About to import goods from Asia to the EU? In this article, you will learn how to calculate import duties and VAT in 5, relatively speaking, simple steps....


CE Marking Nonsense

law and legislation

The last few weeks I have been exposed to a lot of misinformation related to CE Marking, There is a lack of good information out there...


When to Use Images, Text or Video in Your Product Assistance?

Usability

Choosing between whether to use text, illustrations or video in your techcomm should in principle always be based on how to serve the user of the information best. However, there might be some other things to consider as well now and then....


My Dog Keeps me From Being a Nomad

law and legislation

Our company exists mainly online. An advantage of that is that it is easier to find good people. The further you look, the more skilled people you find. Another advantage is that can I use the internet to travel more and not being limited to live and work from one location....


What Makes Portugal Different?

Usability

Where EU laws do require to translate your user instructions to the language where the product is being sold, this requirement does not exist for the product's label. Except in Portugal....


An Interesting View on Brexit

law and legislation

Whatever will happen after the Brexit, it will impact manufacturers, retailers and distributors of everything from consumer electronics to machinery as well as the e-commerce sector....


Product Marking: It's the Size That Matters

law and legislation

When the size of the product does not allow it, some mandatory product information is allowed to be placed on the packaging or in the user instructions. ...


Being a Backup Speaker

law and legislation

I spent last week in Prague, Czech Republic. I was asked to be a backup speaker at the MadWorld conference. What topic did not make it to the finals?...


Drawing Up a Compliant CE-Declaration of Conformity

law and legislation

In this article, I am going to show you how to draw up a fully compliant declaration of conformity. And... after reading this post, you will be able to do this all by yourself, without studying for days about all those EU directives....


ANSI Z535.6 and product safety in the US

law and legislation

Going to sell your product on the US market? In this post I explain how to create compliant manuals and avoid legal pitfalls....


Can I publish my manual online? (UPDATE)

law and legislation

With the introduction of the New Legislative Framework in 2015 and he repealing of many product directives in 2016, few directives are left over that require a paper user manual. ...


10 Reasons Why MadCap's Flare 11 Sets the Standard

Tools & efficiency

As a technical communication service business we chiefly develop user manuals for our clients. Our primary focus is on generating high quality content. Of course, to be competitive, we need to create the output in a fast and efficient way. That’s why we use (and are an authorized reseller of) MadCap Software. As a brand advocate and ambassador, I was honoured to be invited to the early beta test of the latest major updates and enhancements added to Flare 11....