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Izumi Products adopt CETECH

We are delighted to announce that Izumi Products have adopted CETECH as their technical file management solution. Izumi Products offers you the widest selection of high quality hydraulic compression, crimping and cutting tools, cable cutters and hydraulic pumps for the Transmission and Distribution, Telecoms and General Industrial Markets.

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Maplin Electronics adopt CETECH

We are delighted to announce that Maplin Electronics have adopted CETECH as their technical compliance system. Maplin Electronics is a retailer of electronic goods in the UK and Ireland. As of July 2013, there are 210 Maplin Electronics stores. The company operates an extensive online, telephone, and mail-order sales service.

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2015, are you prepared?

 New EU Legislation in 2015 – Technical File Management The alignment of the EU Low Voltage and EMC Directives with the new legislative framework brings the possibility for wider use of electronic means for producers and importers to demonstrate compliance. Technical documentation may be sent to market surveillance authorities electronically. This is reinforced in the new Product Safety & Market Surveillance Package,

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First Harmonised Standards for Ecodesign

References to two harmonised standards now published in Official Journal. For more details: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=6341&lang=en&tpa_id=1021&title=First%2DHarmonised%2Dstandards%2Dfor%2DEcodesign

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Revised list of Machinery Directive Standards

Follow the link for more details of new and updated standards that give a presumption of confomirty to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/european-standards/harmonised-standards/machinery/index_en.htm

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Product recall – Indesit & Hotpoint Washing Machines

Issues with appliances manufactured during 2007 to 2009 coiuld be affected. For more  details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=302846

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CETECH Machinery Module Update

New Machinery Module supports product variants/ sub-components  

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Product recall – 16 litre dehumidifier

  The latest electrical product recall to feature on the RecallUK site is a Wickes dehumidifier. For more details: http://www.recalluk.com/recalls/product/wickes-get-16-litre-dehumidifier-recall-2012.aspx

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Updated Candidate List

  The candidate list was updated last month and now includes 138 substances. For more details: http://echa.europa.eu/candidate-list-table

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Product Recall: Insect Terminator

Problem found with electrical insect terminator sold at Poundland. For more details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=294694

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Product Recall: White Knight Tumble Dryers

Potential fire hazard identified by manufacturer of condenser tumble dryer. For more details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=294701

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RoHS 2 FAQs

Follow the link to see the FAQs published by the Commission on RoHS 2 matters: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/pdf/faq.pdf

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RoHS 2 Guidance from BIS

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published guidance on RoHS 2. Fore more details: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/business-sectors/docs/r/12-1167-restriction-of-hazardous-substances-regulations-guidance

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New Commission Regulations for energy labelling of lamps and luminaires

New Commission Regulations for energy labelling of lamps and luminaires The Commission has published Regulation (EU) No 874/2012 regarding energy labelling of electrical lamps and luminaires. For more details: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:258:0001:00 20:EN:PDF

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Latest EMC Guidance Document from UK BIS The UK Department for Business

The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published its latest guidance concerning the appointment of Notified Bodies under the European EMC Directive 2004/108/EC. For more details: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/business-sectors/docs/e/12-1249-electr omagnetic-compatibility-guidelines-notified-bodies

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UK Product Recall – Table lamp and floor lamp cord sets

Users of these product have been advise by the retailer to stop using them immediately. Follow the link for more details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=294242

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UK Product Recall – Bose CineMate Systems

A voluntary recall on the part of Bose concerning the GS Series II or Cinemate Series II system. Fol,low the link for more details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=294192 

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RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU and CE Marking

See the latest Commission information and note that an EC Declaration of Conformity is required under this CE-marking Directive. Follow the link for more details: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/events_rohs3_en.htm

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Revised List of Harmonised Standards for Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Revised List of Harmonised Standards for Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC A revised list of standards was recently publish in the Official Journal of the European Union. For more details: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=6155&lang=en&title=New-harmonised-standards-which-provide-presumption-of-conformity-for-machinery 

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UK Product Recall: Travel Adaptor

A UK importer has identified a manufacturing defect in its travel adaptors. Owners of the products are advised to stop using them immediately. For more details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=292756

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New WEEE Directive Published in OJEU

The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. For more details: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/index_en.htm 

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UK Product Recall – Ceiling Fan

 The DIY retail chain B&Q has issued a recall concerning the Tennessee ceiling fan. Follow the link for more details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=292716

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Latest Commission Guidance on Toy Safety

A number of guidance documents have been amended. Follow the link to see the list of guidance documents published on the Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/toys/documents/guidance/index_en.htm

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CETech article on Machinebuilding.net

CETech features on machinebuilding.net highlighting the benefits of a dedicated technical file systems Andrew Gordon, the Compliance Manager at CESystems, outlines the risks associated with using office-orientated software for compiling and managing Technical Files for CE marking machinery, then he explains the benefits of using a system based on dedicated software. Under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the corresponding national

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List of Notified Bodies

A reminder that a list of Notified Bodies can be searched on the NANDO (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) website. Follow the link for more details: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newapproach/nando/

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Product Recall: Sealy Valeting Machine

A recall notice has been issued by the manufacturer for a wet and dry valeting machine model PC310. Follow the link for more details: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=292608

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LVD: New Legislative Framework Alignment Package

Full details of the proposed recast Directive in line with the New Legislative Framework is available on the Commission’s site. Follow the link for more details: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/electrical/lvd/index_en.htm

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EMC: New Legislative Framework Alignment Package

Full details of the proposed recast Directive in line with the New Legislative Framework is available on the Commission’s site. Follow the link for more details: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/electrical/emc/index_en.htm

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New Q&A document issued for REACH Annex XVII

The European Chemicals Agency has issued a Questions and Answers document on the implementation of Annex XVII to REACH. It covers restrictions on the manufacturing, placing on the market and use of substances, mixtures and articles. Follow the link for more details: http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/13645/questions_and_answers_+restrictions_en.pdf

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London Olympics Construction Is Safest in Recent Times

As the Olympic torch arrived to light the cauldron at Olympic Stadium on July 27, it was greeted by an honor guard of 500 hardhat-wearing construction workers, many of whom had helped to build Olympic Park on a derelict industrial site in East London.    Those workers participated in the safest Olympics construction program in recent memory, said Alistair G.

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Cracking down on counterfeit Olympic goods

A range of fake Olympic goods including football shirts, sports bags and lighters have been seized by Border Force officers at ports and airports around the UK. Border Force operations in the run-up to the games have successfully intercepted thousands of counterfeit Olympic goods that criminal gangs have tried to smuggle into the UK in a bid to make an

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London Olympics 2012: UK Border Force Seizes Thousands Of Fake Goods

Thousands of fake Olympic goods have been seized at ports and airports across the UK in the run-up to next month’s Games, the Border Force said today. More than 7,000 fake Olympic bags, 500 fake cigarette lighters and 400 fake vests make up the relatively modest haul seized by officials. Home Office Minister Damian Green said: “Counterfeiting is not a

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European Council adopts Recast WEEE Directive

The EU Council of Ministers formally adopted on 7th June 2012 the recast of the WEEE Directive. Follow the link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/index_en.htm

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RoHS 2 Frequently Asked Questions Status

The Working Group dealing with FAQs for the recast RoHS Directive completed its work in June 2012. The existing Commission FAQ document relating to Directive 2002/95/EC will remain valid until 3 January 2013. Follow the link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/events_rohs3_en.htm

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UK Government launches new consultation on Consumer Rights

The Government has launched a new consultation on a consumer bill of rights and is seeking views on strengthening and modernising consumer law. Follow the link: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2012/Jul/consumer-bill-of-rights

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PRODUCT RECALL: SAMSONITE TRAVEL ADAPTOR

Samsonite have issued a recall notice for a travel adaptor owing to a potential electric shock hazard: Follow the link for more details: http://www.recalluk.com/recalls/product/samsonite-travel-plug-recall-2012.aspx

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Consumer Law Enforcement Powers Consultation

The UK department for Business, Innovation and Skills have launched a consultation on consumer law enforcement powers. The proposals in the consultation include measures to simplify consumer law. Follow the link for more details: http://www.bis.gov.uk/nmo/news-and-events/news/2012/Mar/Consumer-Law-Enforcement-Powers-Consultation 

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HSE Publishes New Guidance for Assemblies of Machinery

The Health and Safety Executive has published on its website guidance for CE-marking machinery sub-assemblies. Follow the link for more details: http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/manufacturer-in-situ.htm?ebul=hsegen&cr=14/6-may-12 

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UK test house gets Continua medical certification

TRaC Global has been approved as a test house for global medical technology compatibility body Continua Health Alliance – the first in the UK. Continua promotes the development of plug-and-play personal health devices through interoperability guidelines based standards (see below) for data links and data protocols – including ZigBee, Bluetooth, and USB. Intel, Bosch, Qualcomm, Panasonic and Philips are amongst

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Download our free app to receive all of the latest CETech and industry news which includes a free Buyers Checklist for electrical products! ∙ Be kept up to date with the latest CE industry news from CESystems. ∙ View weekly reports of products posing a serious risk of injury under the EU RAPEX scheme. ∙ Minimise the risk of marketing

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People with severe allergies advised to see their GP after recall of Anapen adrenaline injector

People with severe allergies advised to see their GP after recall of Anapen adrenaline injector

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today issued an alert to healthcare professionals and is advising people who suffer from severe allergic reactions to see their GP or clinic as soon as possible to discuss alternative products after Anapen – an adrenaline injector used to treat anaphylactic shock – was precautionary recalled by the licence holder Lincoln Medical

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Dr Hilary Jones and the MHRA warn parents not to buy dangerous fake digital thermometers from the Internet

Dr Hilary Jones and the MHRA warn parents not to buy dangerous fake digital thermometers from the Internet

Investigators from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized over 400 fake digital thermometers after raids in Harrow and Oxford as part of a UK-wide operation to prevent unapproved medical devices being sold over the internet. Some of these fake thermometers were being sold cheaply online for 99p and they do not have appropriate CE safety markings,

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BTHA Press Releases

BTHA Press Releases

Click here to keep up to date with all of the BTHA News!

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PROSAFE – Joint Actions Best Practice

PROSAFE – Joint Actions Best Practice

In 2004, a voluntary guide to carrying out corrective actions for product safety was produced by Intertek Research and Testing Centre on behalf of the UK Consumers Association, in collaboration with various interested parties, including PROSAFE. The project was supported by the European Commission (DG Health and Consumer Protection). This is partiularly useful for business The European Commission hosts a special website

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Glass Tea Light Lantern sold by Oxfam – recall

GLASS TEA LIGHT LANTERN. CODE 413291 We have detected a fault with the base of a small number of the ‘Shared Earth Glass Tea Light Lanterns’ in our Spring Gift range. The fault presents a potential hazard if it becomes loose while in use. Click here for further information http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=286750  

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Management of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

This is a useful one page illustration of the various processes involved in the management of the Machinery Directive: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/mechanical/files/machinery/orgstructure_en.pdf 

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Safety of LED T-type Replacement Tubes & Modified Luminaires

  The Administrative Co-operation Working Group dealing with electrical equipment (LVD ADCO) has recently updated its recommendation for the safety of LED T-type tubes marketed in the EU. Follow the link for the updated recommendation: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/electrical/files/lvd-adco/recomm-led-replac-tubes_en.pdf 

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Latest Guidelines for EU Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC

Follow the link for updated guidelines on the application of the EU Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC (LVD) for electrical equipment: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/electrical/documents/lvd/guidance/ 

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Nearly 700 Machinery Directive Standards

The list of harmonised standards giving a presumption of conformity under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC reaches nearly 700. Follow the link for further details: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom/cf/itemdetail.cfm?item_id=5984&lang=en&title=Nearly%2D700%2Dharmonised%2Dstandards%2Dwhich%2Dprovide%2Dpresumption%2Dof%2Dconformity%2Dfor%2Dmachinery

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Food Alerts, product withdrawals and recalls

The FSA issues a ‘Product Withdrawal Information Notice’ or a ‘Product Recall Information Notice’ to let local authorities and consumers know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a ‘Food Alert for Action’ is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers. A Product Withdrawal Information Notice or a Product

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Cooperation between enforcement authorities

The Regulation links national enforcement authorities in an EU Enforcement Network (2006) to exchange information and jointly stop cross-border breach of consumer protection laws in areas such as: misleading advertising; package holidays; timeshares; distance selling. Decision 2011/C 260/01 Addendum 2011/C 356/01

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EU rules on cross-border enforcement

Regulation EC 2006/2004 on Consumer Protection Cooperation addresses the growing cross-border problems in the internal market. It lays down the general conditions for cooperation of national authorities who ensure the correct enforcement of consumer protection laws. The regulation deals with collective interests of consumers. Individuals who encountered problems in cross-border shopping can turn to the European Consumer Centres network. Cross-border

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EU move to reduce cigarette ignited fires to save hundreds of lives each year

EU move to reduce cigarette ignited fires to save hundreds of lives each year

 i.e. cigarettes which self-extinguish when left unattended and are less likely to cause fire. This safety measure is already in place in some countries: US, Canada, Australia and, in the EU in Finland since April 2010. All cigarettes sold in Europe will have to comply with the new safety standards oce they are published in the EU Official Journal as

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Fabulous Travel Hairdryer offered in The Sun – recall

News Group Newspapers (NGN) has identified a potential safety issue with the Fabulous Travel Hairdryer (Model number FB-0307A) offered for free in The Sun between April 29th and May 12th, 2012.  Despite rigorous quality control procedures, it has been brought to NGN’s attention that in some instances this product may pose a risk of personal injury or even electrocution due

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Approved Traders

The Trading Standards Institute is working with the Local Authority Assured Trader Scheme Network (LAATSN) for local trading standards schemes and with TrustMark, the government-backed initiative that helps householders find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to carry out repairs and improvements to their homes. TSI also supports the Office of Fair Trading’s Consumer Codes Approval Scheme and the register of Kitemark Certified

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Travel Plug Adaptor sold at Wilkinson – recall

      Travel Plug Adaptor Item code: 01556681 We have become aware of a safety issue in the UK Visitor Travel Plug Adaptor. Please note that all batch numbers may be affected. Nothing matters more to us than the safety of our customers – so if you’ve bought this item please stop using it immediately and return it to

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RAPEX Annual Report 2011

RAPEX Annual Report 2011

. Clothing and toys were the most notified categories. Chemical and electric shock hazards featured high in the risk categories and design defects are cited as the main cause of product recalls. Follow the link for the full report: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/rapex/stats_reports_en.htm

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Batteries & Accumulators: NMO’s Battery Removal Policy

Batteries & Accumulators: NMO’s Battery Removal Policy

The latest guidance from the UK National Measurement Office on removability of batteries: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/nmo/docs/batteries/faq-and-guidance/batteries%20removability%20policy%20report.pdf

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BIS Consultation on Proposals to Align Nine EU Directives with the New Legal Framework Now Closed and Awaiting Response

This consultation concerns the European Commission’s proposals to align nine Directives to the New Legal Framework, and in particular with EC Decision 768/2008/EC. The nine Directives include the Low Voltage and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directives. An important aspect of the New Legal Framework is the obligations for importers and the need to have technical documentation, which can be controlled and verified.

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New European Commission guidelines for managing product recalls

New European Commission guidelines for managing product recalls

The European Commission has published new guidelines for businesses to manage product recalls and other corrective actions. They provide practical advice to producers or distributors of consumer products on sale in the EU. The advice builds upon the first guide for businesses to manage product recalls published in 2004. The new guidelines emphasise the obligations imposed on producers and distributors

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BIS Consultation on Proposals to Align Nine EU Directives with the New Legal Framework Now Closed and Awaiting Response

BIS Consultation on Proposals to Align Nine EU Directives with the New Legal Framework Now Closed and Awaiting Response

This consultation concerns the European Commission’s proposals to align nine Directives to the New Legal Framework, and in particular with EC Decision 768/2008/EC. The nine Directives include the Low Voltage and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directives. An important aspect of the New Legal Framework is the obligations for importers and the need to have technical documentation, which can be controlled and verified.

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New European Commission guidelines for managing product recalls

New European Commission guidelines for managing product recalls

  The European Commission has published new guidelines for businesses to manage product recalls and other corrective actions. They provide practical advice to producers or distributors of consumer products on sale in the EU. The advice builds upon the first guide for businesses to manage product recalls published in 2004. The new guidelines emphasise the obligations imposed on producers and

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Product Recall: Lenovo All-In-One Desktop PC

Product Recall: Lenovo All-In-One Desktop PC

Product Recall: Lenovo All-In-One Desktop PC Lenovo is voluntarily recalling 188,000 ‘ThinkCentre M70z and M90z all-in-one (AIO) desktop Pcs sold worldwide between May 2010 and March 2012. Fire reports have been logged by the company and Lenovo recommends that you should immediately stop using the affected desktop PC and unplug the power cord. More details here: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?DocID=HT071924

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Trading Standards Approved

Trading Standards Approved

We are pleased to announce that CE Systems is now a Trading Standards Approved company. We have undergone a series of detailed checks before being accepted and are delighted to be formally approved onto the Buy With Confidence scheme. Please visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk and search for CE Systems to find our entry.

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CETech in the Cloud!

CETech in the Cloud!

CETech is now available through the Cloud. The Cloud enables CETech to be accessed by internal staff, test houses and suppliers from anywhere in the world through our fully managed Citrix hosting. We handle all the back end Citrix management and supply you with CETech with managed backup, antivirus, patch updates, and monitoring. You won’t need any technical experience to get CETech

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