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July / August 2021

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Product safety Directive: a proposal to replace the 20-year-old Directive
  • The New Legislative Framework and CE Marking:  3 major new guidance documents
  • Artificial intelligence systems:  the EU's first attempt at regulation
  • Climate Law:  definitive agreement includes a 55% reduction target by 2030 in Greenhouse Gas Emissions below 1990 levels.
  • Standards updates: low-voltage electrical safety, Eco-design/energy labelling, machinery, EMC, medical devices, pressure equipment
  • Free Trade Agreements: several updates on EU priorities, including news of a failute of the EU's agreement on post-Brexit trade
  • Single-use plastics:  new, official guidance on implementation of the new directive.
  • Mercury:  several exemptions from the ban on mercury under the ROHS directive
  • Cyber-security:  another shake-up of the organisation of the EU's efforts
  • Greenhouse gas emissions: advance warning of which will, in effect, extend the Emissions Trading System to foreign suppliers.
  • Medical devices:  authorisation to use electronic documentation for devices used only by professionals
  • Telecommunications networks:  problems in implementing EU Electronic Communications Code
  • Tobacco products:  a new, mandatory method for identifying characterising flavours, which are banned
  • Agricultural fertilisers:  labelling rules updated
  • Non-agricultural pesticides:  data requirements updated for applications for approval
  • Chemical substances 1):  methodology clarified for classifying products as carcinogenic / mutagenic
  • Chemical substances 2):  EU announces completion of safety reviews of substances of very high concern
  • Chemical substances 3):  modifications to the information which must be submitted for REACH registration
  • Automotive type-approval:  lengthy update to current process
  • Automotive type-approval:  new regulation for cyber-security protection
  • Organic foods:  updates to control procedures to implement latest regulation, and new mandatory certificate for foreign suppliers
  • Food hygiene:  mandatory factory checks on presence of allergens improved

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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