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September 2019

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Cyber-security: 1) EU memberstates complete risk assessment
  • Cyber-security: 2) public consultation on how wearable 5G Internet devices should be regulated
  • 5G short-range radio devices:  spectrum allocations
  • Access by the disabled:  1) deadline for electronic equipment and terminals
  • Access by the disabled:  2) public comments requested on EU strategy
  • Energy efficiency of buildings:  new checklist of targets for regulation
  • Chemicals:  1) new format for mandatory safety data sheets
  • Chemicals:  2) additions to list of substances of very high concern
  • Chemicals:  3) tighter regulation of drug precursors
  • Plastic materials in contact with foods:  extended authorisation
  • Hazardous substances (ROHS):  new exemptions from bans on cadmium and lead in medical devices and buildings
  • Agricultural fertilisers:  current regulation replaced
  • EU Free Trade Agreement:  South America, Vietnam, USA.  Mix of progress and delay
  • Routine updates to lists of recognised standards:  EMC, toys, personal protective equipment

Single Market Ventures is a business development consultancy, based in Brussels and working in Europe, North America and east Asia.

The company’s core specialisation is in reporting, assessing, and managing the impact of harmonisation and mutual recognition of standards, tests and related policies on cross-border trade in goods and services. We have over 20 years of experience in the field, which plays a major role in efforts to achieve a barrier-free, level playing-field in international trade. The practical implications for business take precedence in our work, and we also cover wider issues of business development and strategy that they raise. We serve both government and private-sector clients.

Renewable energy (see right) is a current example of the application of our expertise.

 Our Services

Services include factual reporting, research, analysis, and individually-tailored practical advice on policy or business development. Clients are welcome to start at any of those levels. Many have gone through all in sequence: 1) please tell us what’s happening (in a particular field); 2) give us an analysis of its significance; and then 3) advise us on how we should best respond to optimise our own policies and programmes.

We offer a single, core multi-client, multi-sectoral service: the Europe-link Information Service on EU Product Approvals. It concentrates on EU-level harmonisation or mutual recognition of specifications, conformity assessment, technical regulations and related policies, in both established and new sectors of trade.

Client-specific work is a natural complement, and can have a regional or global scope. Work may be within our core specialisation, or use that specialisation as a springboard to broader opportunities for business development. We provide advice on how to respond to policies and programmes which drive new markets or change present ones. We examine the full range of external issues relevant to development, including market activity, opportunities for new ventures, and strategic partnerships. We do not undertake lobbying assignments.

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