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September 2021

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • The EU's Green Deal: First measures emerge to support the Climate Law
  • Internet-connected devices:  EU proposes mandatory cyber-security protection
  • Cyber-security:  Shakeup of EU governance of cyber-security -- more new measures
  • Radio equipment directive: New requirements for reconfigurable radio systems 
  • Environmental noise: updates to mandatory noise measurement methods
  • European standardisation: EU considers shakeup "to improve the balance between speed and quality"
  • Standards updates: radio equipment, medical devices, personal protective equipment, automotive vehicles, lifts, recreational craft, ATEX products
  • Product safety:  new reporting for unsafe products identified at EU external borders
  • Cosmetics: one substance banned, another given restricted authorisation
  • Mercury: one exemption from ROHS restrictions granted, and one removed
  • Machinery:  2006 Directive to be replaced
  • Artificial intelligence systems:  the EU's first attempt at regulation
  • Chemicals: 1) information requirements for registration updated again; 2) 5 substances added to list of those requiring authorisation, 3) 2 substances banned, 4) CLP regulation to be updated.
  • Foods:  non-EU imports of organic foods subject to change
  • Marine equipment:  EU transposes latest changes imposed by international treaties
  • Inland waterway ship safety: major update to core standard
  • Automotive vehicles:  1) detailed specifications for smart tachographs issued, 2) new requirements for alcohol locks to detect and block drunk drivers, and for detecting drowsiness in drivers.
  • Single-use plastics:  new, official guidance on implementation of the new directive
  • Greenhouse gas emissions: a Carbon Border Adjustment mechanism with an impact on foreign suppliers

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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