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June 2018

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Robots and artificial intelligence: new EU supervisory bodies
  • Enforcement of product safety: latest annual report on RAPEX
  • Consumer Rights Directive; text of revision published
  • Border inspections of compliance of imports with EU technical regulations: new plans for digitisation
  • Protection of intellectual property rights: streamlined EU rules to block non-compliant imports
  • Certification bodies: updates to mandatory standards of operation
  • Cyber-security: new EU oversight body to be established            
  • Routine updates to recognised standards: machinery, radio equipment, pressure equipment, construction products, ATEX products, measuring energy efficiency of air-conditioners, automotive tachographs, gas appliances, personal protective equipment, cableways
  • Free trade agreement updates: USA, Switzerland
  • Impact of Brexit: new sectoral requirements announced
  • Chemicals: new, improved calculation methods planned for evaluation of exposure scenarios to improve workplace protection, and immediate new limits on exposure to specific carcinogenic substances; latest restrictions and lists of substances of very high concern
  • Galileo-based positioning systems: new accuracy standards
  • Drones: timetable for new regulation announced
  • Food contact materials including kitchen appliances: new restriction on Bisphenol A
  • Automotive sector: updated measurement methods for 2-3 wheel vehicle construction
  • Foods: new approvals and restrictions on substances in infant formulae; new environmental assessment procedure for GMOs
  • Marine equipment: list of products eligible for electronic tagging, and standards for that
  • Tobacco products: new, mandatory standards for traceability

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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