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ETIRA on label confusion

November 5, 2012

ETIRA Secretary General Vincent van Dijk has commented on the increasing confusion between the CE mark, criteria for environmentally-friendly purchasing and the Nordic Swan.

The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers’ Association (ETIRA) has released its latest newsflash letter, detailing the association’s thoughts and perspective on a number of controversial and concerning matters including confusion between the CE mark and other labelling requirements, EU ecolabel statements and the Nordic Swan’s latest criteria.

Notably, van Dijk comments on the Nordic Swan’s recent decision to remove a controversial mandatory toner emissions test from version 5.0 of the Nordic Swan. The test, devised by TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH, faced numerous criticism over multiple angles including cost and test methodology and transparency.

Van Dijk remarks that ETIRA “reached out to Nordic Swan and asked for adjustments. Last week, we heard that our call was successful: Nordic Swan now proposes the following changes to the criteria for toner cartridges version 5.0:

“Requirements “R6 Testing for pollutants in toner powder” is removed from the criteria version 5.0 [and] “Appendix 1 Test methods for pollutants in toner powder” is also removed from criteria version 5.0.”

Van Dijk spoke with The Recycler on what the removal of the emissions test would mean for the industry: “The removal of the emissions test will result in the ability for remanufacturers to continue working with the Nordic Swan, as the previous criteria would mean no one would qualify for the ecolabel.

“With these new adjustments, we hope to continue to work with Nordic Swan and we are looking at new proposals and a workable solution to enable a strong relationship and make sure many remanufacturers can continue to apply for the ecolabel.”

The Recycler recently investigated the controversy behind the inclusion of the toner emissions test, which you can read in The Recycler Investigates: LGA emissions test in issue 238.

You can read more of van Dijk’s comments in the latest ETIRA newsflash letter and in The Recycler issue 239.

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