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What Makes Portugal Different?

Usability

This morning I had a coffee with Daniel. Daniel is the COO at Envisolutions. A Portuguese company specialised in plant, product and service compliance.

We sat down in a coffee bar of the chain Delta Q. They serve cinnamon sticks with the espresso, which gives a really nice flavour!

I am in Portugal for the DNX conference this weekend. But always when I travel, I try to visit a company that is working in the compliance field, such as CE marking. Goal: sharing information in order to enhance my article about international product safety.

We talked about our businesses, legislation and CE marking particularly. And,... Daniel also checks the markings on products (see my previous post)!

My main interest always goes to national differences when it comes to European product safety legislation. So what makes Portugal different?

No much, says Daniel, All EU directives are adopted into the Portuguese national law. However, there is one little difference...

Portugal requires it to translate a products's label into Portuguese!

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.

That's why Portugal is a little bit different.

Do you want to know more about translating, CE marking or other compliance issues, shoot me an email at ferry@instrktiv.com

 

 

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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