The European Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances has a far reaching effect on all industries in Europe, including the candle industry. AECM follows closely the developments in relation to authorisation requirements under REACH. In addition, the association monitors developments in other key legislation such as the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging. Furthermore, with offices located in Brussels AECM is well placed to be a constant and professional voice towards European lawmakers.
Standardisation is a key issue for the candle industry. AECM is following closely developments both at European and International level and observing how best to be involved in the development of effective standards for candles. This includes developments and revisions to existing standards on the labelling of candles, specifications for fire safety and specifications for sooting behaviour and how legislation will affect these norms.
Competition in the candle market has been increasing in recent years. Whereas much is in conformity with international rules on trade, it has been identified that some actions constitute selling below the normal cost, or dumping. AECM closely follows developments in trade related issues in candles and provides members with a common voice to ensure fair competition throughout the industry.
In addition to monitoring legislative development in Europe, AECM prepares guideline for consumers on the safe use of candles. These guidelines are made available on the association’s website and ensure that consumers and the industry are properly protected.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is an issue that has grown in importance in recent years. In addition to taking steps in monitoring its development in European and national legislation, AECM is taking proactive steps in recognising this important issues, including making it the key issue at the 2011 General Assembly debate which will include key speakers on the topic from around the world.