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SCHEDULED EVENTS AND MEETINGS
• April 27-28, 2017, AFEMS Technical Committee, Italy
• June 1-3, 2017, AFEMS Congress, Reykjavik (Iceland)
• June 1, 2017: AFEMS BOD, Reykjavik (Iceland)
• November 13, 2017: AFEMS Strategic Committee, Prague (Czech Rep.)
• November 14, 2017: AFEMS BOD, Prague (Czech Rep.)


Torbjörn Lindskog appointed as new WFSA President
On March 2, 2017, in Nuremberg, in conjunction with the International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sport Shooting (IWA), the World Forum on Shooting Activities (WFSA) held its annual General Assembly.
On that occasion, Mr. Lindskog was nominated and unanimously elected as President of WFSA, succeeding the outgoing President Mr. Herbert Keusgen. The incoming President Torbjörn Lindskog accepted his new role thanking his predecessor and all WFSA members.
AFEMS is particularly proud of such a prestigious acknowledgement which testifies the association's primary role at both European and International level, and would like to wish good luck to President Lindskog for his new appointment.


The European Parliament approves the revision of the Firearms Directive
During the Plenary Session of the European Parliament that took place today in Strasbourg, the compromise text on the EU firearms directive agreed by the European Parliament and Council last December, and subsequntely approved by the IMCO Committee last January, was endorsed by 491 votes in favour, 178 against and 28 abstentions. The draft law still needs to be formally approved by the other co-legislator, the EU Council of Ministers.
Member states will have 15 months from the date of entry into force of the directive to transpose the new rules into national law and 30 months to put in place data-filling systems for registering all information needed in order to trace and identify firearms.
To read the compromise text, please click here.
To read the explanatory background note of the compromise text adopted, please click here.
For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.




On February 3rd, 2017, EurActiv, the European media platform based in Brussels and specialized in the online publication of articles focusing on European published the video "AFEMS: The lead issue and firearms legislation" which contains an interview with Mr. Torbjörn Lindskog – AFEMS President.
The video will appear in the Sustainable Interview section of EurActiv website for some weeks, and in the video section for about 12 months.
For further info, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.


QVARFORT/HOLMGREN'S STUDY ON LEAD IN GAME MEAT ON SSRN TOP TEN LIST
The paper "Lead in Game Meat: A Study of Bioaccessibility of Lead Metal Fragments" by Ulf Qvarfort and Christer Holmgren, was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for BRN Ecotoxicology (Topic), BRN Individual (Sub-Topic) and Toxicology eJournal. As of today, the paper has received over 100 downloads.
The paper, which demonstrates that restrictions on the use of lead in hunting ammunition are based on ideological, emotional and political elements rather than real facts fact and scientific evidences, is available by clicking here
For further information, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.


SOLAS Regulations on the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) officially into force
Starting from July 1st, 2016, SOLAS requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container's weight is verified. Shippers will be now responsible for the verification of the packed container's weight, and will have to provide its VGM to the vessel and port terminal operators prior to be it being loaded onto a ship.
The VGM shall be defined using calibrated and certified equipment in accordance with the standards and requirements of the state where the equipment is being used and shall consider not only the masses of all packages and cargo items, but also the container tare and all additional loading equipment (e.g. lashing material).
Rules, guidelines and FAQ developed by SOLAS are available in Members the login area of the AFEMS Website by clicking here, while additional information can be found at the following links of the major shipping companies' websites:
CMA-CMG
Hapag-Lloyd
Maersk Line
For further information, please contact the Chairman of the Legislative Committee (Ms Elena Delgado - e.delgado@nobelsport.fr ) or the AFEMS Secretariat.


 
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What we can do together

In order to safeguard the collective interests of its members, AFEMS undertakes a range of activities. Working with our members, AFEMS aims to:

• gather and exchange information on scientific, technical, institutional, environmental and standardisation issues regarding sporting ammunition and related industries;

• participate in working groups, comprising experts from European industry, to study problems and propose solutions;

• cooperate with the European Commission during Directive preparatory stages, by being able to provide specific information regarding our industry;

• submit papers to the EU Parliament representing our industry's position;

• monitor the work of the Committee of United Nations Working Groups and Experts (Transport of Dangerous Goods);

• co-operate with CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) to draft standards to govern our sector;

• establish and maintain working relations with the main European non-governmental organisations safeguarding and developing hunting and sport shooting;

• foster compatibility between the industry's requirements and the expectations of environmental protection bodies;

• promote mutual respect, dialogue and shared goals between the hunting and sport shooting community, decision-making bodies and public at large, to improve quality of life and to maximise economic benefits.