Complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act

12 September 2012

Following the recent introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the USA, Dr John Ryan discusses the implications of the Act on European supply chains and how the new legislation is an opportunity for overall improvement in quality of service.

New directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment

2 August 2012

Following agreement with the European Parliament, the Council has adopted a new directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Once formally approved, the new text will replace Directive 2002/96/EC. The directive aims both to prevent WEEE and to promote re-use, recycling and other forms of recovery, thereby contributing to sustainable production and consumption. It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of relevant producers, distributors and consumers. Eric Davies brings us up to date.

Coming into effect: protection for the self-employed

2 August 2012

Self-employment is a significant form of employment in Europe, representing around 16% of the active population. Self-employed workers and their partners are now set to enjoy better social protection — including the right to maternity leave — under new EU legislation that takes effect on 5 August 2012. Paul Clarke reports.