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PODCAST: How to CE Mark a Product, with Paul Hoogerkamp

INSTRKTIV Podcast

In this podcast episode, I am interviewing Paul Hoogerkamp on How to CE Mark a Product. ...


[WEBINAR] How to Create a User Manual in 5 Steps and Avoid Legal Pitfalls in 2021

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & Legislation

In this webinar I will outline a step-by-step approach to create compliant user instructions for machinery, medical devices and electrical equipment in 2021. I will share practical information for each step of my approach....


PODCAST: How to CE Mark a Medical Device, with Martin de Graaf

INSTRKTIV Podcast

In this podcast episode, I am interviewing Martin de Graag on How to CE Mark a Medical Device. ...


PODCAST: CE Marking and Requirements on Information for Use

INSTRKTIV Podcast

In this podcast, I am interviewing Jens-Uwe Heuer-James, a renowned lawyer, specialising in product liability and product safety, particularly on topics such as CE conformity evaluation and technical documentation....


PODCAST: Using the ISO 20607 to Create Instruction Handbooks for Machinery

INSTRKTIV Podcast

In this podcast, I am interviewing Martin Rieder, who has been part of the committee that developed the standard. ...


PODCAST: Using the Principles of Minimalism to Create Better User Support, with Dr. Hans van der Meij

INSTRKTIV Podcast

In this podcast, I am interviewing Dr. Hans van der Meij, who has been researching the principles of minimalism for almost 30 years. Hans explains the four principles and how they help to reduce training time while increasing learning. ...


PODCAST: Using the 82079 Standard to Create Better Instructions with Sven Ring

INSTRKTIV Podcast

In this podcast, I am interviewing Sven Ring, who has been part of the committee that developed the 82079 standard....


CE Marking Responsibilities for Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & 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?

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & 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? ...


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

INSTRKTIV Blog - 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....


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

INSTRKTIV Blog - 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....


Product Safety Around the World

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & 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?

INSTRKTIV Blog - 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

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & 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....


Drawing Up a Compliant CE-Declaration of Conformity

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & 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....


Can I publish my manual online? (UPDATE)

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & 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

INSTRKTIV Blog - 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....