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Product Marking: It's the Size That Matters

law and legislation

Before I stayed in the hotel where last week's MadCap conference was, I had booked one night in an Airbnb. Where I saw this remarkable little thing.

There was this adapter connected to a wall socket. I have the habit to check the markings on products. Weird, isn't it?

Besides some mandatory markings for products that are sold within the EU, such as the CE marking and the WEEE sign, I saw something that made the product different from other products...

The importer decided to mention that s/he is the importer of the product AND included the company name plus the country ID (CZ for the Czech Republic). Why do I find this remarkable?

European legislation requires electrical equipment to mention the FULL address at which the manufacturer or importer can be contacted. There is only one exception...

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

So the big question is if indeed this information can be found on the adapter's packaging or in the instructions. But I guess I will never find that out :)

Do you want to know more about the legal requirements of your product's marking and labelling? Feel free to shoot me an email or leave a message.

PS: if you also like to check markings on products, let me know. Maybe we can set up a Meetup :)

Ferry Vermeulen

Founder of INSTRKTIV and keen to help users become experts in the use of a product, and thus to contribute to a positive user experience. Eager to help organisations to reduce their product liability. Just loves cooking, travel, and music--especially electronic. You can also find him on:
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