Industry experts have set up common criteria to be considered for environmental friendly ball point pens, combined with high writing performance and quality. These criteria may also be applicable for further categories of writing instruments.

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The publication classifies which colouring and writing instruments and related art and craft materials are considered as toys and outlines which products of the industry are not regarded as toys.

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Industry experts have developed harmonized technical and quality specifications for incoming inspections of capillary reservoirs and the methods for their determination.

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The specification describes the correlation of colouring writing instruments and related art and craft materials to respective specific migration limits of certain elements.
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The authorization of certain preservatives according to the Biocidal Product Regulation requests labelling of products. The EWIMA recommendation provides information how to fulfil the labelling requirements when using such a specific preservative in products of the writing instruments industry.

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