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July 2017

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Cyber-security: are EU preparations adequate?  New review
  • Free trade: 1) entry into force of FTA with Canada agreed: 2) agreement in principle with Japan 
  • Consumer rights law: extensions considered to cover 1) misleading environmental performance claims, and 2) digital services such as cloud services 
  • Electrical products: new exemptions from ROHS, for refrigerator compressors, optical glass, and control instruments 
  • Energy-efficient buildings: uncertainty emerges about 2020 target for nearly-zero-energy buildings   
  • Chemicals: 1) new guidance on use of chemicals in downstream articles; 2) new data and guidance on nanomaterials; 3) Phthalates: 4 types classified as endocrine disruptors of very high concern; 4) titanium dioxide, a colourant, classified as carcinogenic; 5) 12 new substances to require formal authorisation  
  • Cosmetics: additions to lists of permitted and restricted ingredients, including nanomaterials  
  • Plastics: 1)  new restrictions studied on use and sale of microplastics; 2) new guidance on applications for approval for food contact materials 
  • Wi-fi for mobile products: extension of public funding in preparation for 5G 
  • Automotive: 1) EU adopts specifications to implement global standard test methods for emissions; 2) specifications under review for Intelligent Transport Systems; 3) safety regulations for road tunnels under review, including safety equipment. 
  • Construction products: is the current regulation working?  Abandonment of current regulation to be considered 
  • Environmental certification: EU acknowledges that ISO standards are winning more acceptance than its own systems
  • Eco-design: measurement methodology published for energy efficiency of air-heating and -cooling products 
  • New standards recognised: radio equipment, fireworks 
  • Medical devices: texts published of new directives, to enter into force from 2020 to 2022  
  • Toys: new restrictions on phenol and Bisphenol A  
  • Brexit: slow planning for changes to approvals  
  • Foods: 1) debate continues about glyphosate pesticides; additions to list of ingredients permitted in nutritional foods

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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