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January 2019

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Chemicals: inspection programme reveals poor compliance in wholesale and retail sectors.
  • Chemicals: new restrictions on phthalates. 
  • Nanomaterials: new data requirements in applications for authorisation
  • European standards: a court judgement sets a precedent on dates of withdrawal 
  • Eco-design of vacuum cleaners: European Court annuls EU regulation
  • Energy efficiency: 2030 EU targets ratified 
  • Product Safety Directive: reform moves closer 
  • Artificial intelligence: first partial outline of regulatory principles 
  • Cyber-security: timetable for introduction of mandatory certification
  • EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: immediate entry into force
  • Mobile phone chargers:  a new effort to harmonise standards 
  • Routine standards updates: construction products, pressure equipment
  • Fertilisers: stronger harmonisation, and introduction of CE Marking
  • Automotive vehicle emissions: adjustments to test procedures
  • Cosmetics: restrictions on two preservatives 
  • Single-use plastics: first bans move closer 
  • Brexit: contingency planning for no-deal intensifies 
  • Railway interoperability: administrative adjustments to TSIs

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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