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November 2021

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Medical devices and personal protective equipment: certification requirements relaxed during COVID 
  • In vitro diagnostic medical devices:  implementation of new certification requirements delayed
  • Mobile phone chargers:  EU aims for complete harmonisation
  • Internet-connected devices: text of cyber-security reglation published.
  • Eco-design: photovoltaic solar panels added to programme
  • Railways: EU frees spectrum for Railway Mobile Radio
  • Automotive vehicles: mandatory standards for charging stations for buses
  • Chemicals: digital labelling planned by 2023
  • Cosmetics: 1) all cosmetics to be included in Eco-label scheme
  • Cosmetics: 2) core technical regulation to be revised
  • The EU's Green Deal: EU explains how climate-proofing should work
  • Energy efficiency of buildings:  EU launches new prize
  • Organic foods: clarification of record-keeping requirements by suppliers
  • Energy sector:  a roadmap for digitalisaton
  • Glyphosate herbicides: a public consultation amid raging disagreement
  • Free Trade and regulatory cooperation with the USA: a new attempt at harmonisation, and a web-site to follow details
  • Fertilisers: technical updates before entry into force of new regulation
  • Detergents: revision of core technical regulation planned
  • Single-use plastic bottles: new guidance on implementation of 2019 Regulation
  • Standards updates: construction products, pressure equipment, machinery

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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