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November 2016

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Interoperability standards for 5G mobile communications: EU paths for action announced, for 2020 rollout
  • 5G safety: EU notes concerns about dangers of electromagnetic fields
  • ICT sector: official recognition of non-European standards extended;  more EN interoperability standards for radio equipment recognised
  • Mobile phones: warning repeated of deficiencies in key safety standard
  • Free Trade Agreement with Canada:  impact on standards and testing
  • EU 2017 priorities for technical regulation published
  • Chemicals: legal restrictions and preparatory scientific opinions on specific high-risk substances
  • Good Manufacturing Practice in pharmaceuticals: ban recommended of one supplier for non-compliance with GMP 
  • Cosmetics: EU reports on animal test ban; plastic beads in rinse-off cosmetics – ban moves nearer; 10% non-compliance revealed with EU regulations on product claims
  • Aerosol dispensers: EU considers adaptation of rules to latest generation of propellants
  • Energy efficiency: updated, mandatory measurement standards for kitchen appliances 
  • Toys: migration limits for Bisphenol A may be relaxed
  • Machinery Directive: consultation requests public comments on impact
  • Automotive sector: new impact assessment clears way for strong government support for electric vehicles; administrative updates to type-approval rules for tractors, motor-cycles; new emission measurement equipment and limits, including non-road mobile machinery
  • Aerosol dispensers: update under consideration for 40-year-old directive
  • Eco-label: ILO labour standards added as a criterion  
  • Foods:   interim guidance issued on Glyphosate A pesticides; update to non-EU certification of organic foods
  • Airport screening equipment: new certification process
  • Routine standards updates: radio equipment, personal protective equipment, construction products, machinery, pressure equipment, railway interoperability

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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