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May 2020

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Corona virus -- impact on specifications and testing: medical devices, personal protective equipment, skin disinfectants, mobile phone tracing apps
  • Corona virus – implementation of new medical devices regulation delayed
  • Corona virus – are climate action programmes now an unaffordable luxury, or an essential tool for reshaping the economy
  • Cyber-security: EU programme in electricity sector disrupted by cyber-attack
  • Energy efficiency of buildings: EU programme heavily criticised again, by the EU itself
  • Clean fuels for automotive vehicles: strengthened efforts to develop re-charging infrastructure
  • Mobile Internet: more radio spectrum freed
  • Standards updates: Medical devices , radio equipment
  • Pesticides: first conclusions of study of cumulative impact of use of multiple pesticides on crops
  • Chemicals: enhanced compliance checks for registration dossiers
  • Brexit: no progress between EU and UK on post-2020 trade terms
  • WTO: contingency procedure for dispute resolution agreed, to get round opposition from USA
  • Electromagnetic compatibility: revision of EU regulation to reflect new needs of 5G
  • Safety test data: European court restricts right of suppliers to impose confidentiality of results
  • Artificial intelligence.  EU prepares to adapt product liability law
  • Eco-design and energy labelling: 1) batteries, residential ventilators, and automotive tyres likely to be added; 2) corrections of errors in calculation tables in older regulations

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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