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December 2018

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:


Eco-design and energy labelling: first texts of next-generation specifications published -- 2 years to prepare
Drones: first technical regulation
Robots and artificial intelligence: consultation on first regulatory guidelines
Counterfeit goods: product safety cases rising
Electronic customs clearance: EU acknowledges failure of current programmes and requests comments on where to go from here
Non-agricultural pesticides: a national regulation prevails
Chemicals: new bans on carcinogenic chemicals used in textile processing
Chemicals: update to EU rolling action plan for evaluation of substances suspected but not proved to be dangerous

Nanomaterials: two new data-bases opened

Health & Safety: new restrictions on exposure to chemicals
Toy Safety Directive: review of effectiveness
Radio spectrum: more bandwidth freed for short-range devices and IoT
Wooden pallets and crates: presentation of electronic phytosanitary certificates imposed at customs
2019 EU Work Programme issued:  what plans for new technical regulation?
A court case: who is liable for submission of compliance documentation?
Climate change: EU backs UN view on urgency
Automotive emissions: latest updates
Cyber-security: unsatisfactory progress towards stronger protection
What constitutes an EU-wide safety crisis?
Free Trade: new FTA EU-Vietnam
Brexit: EU steps up contingency planning for no deal
Alarms, flares and signalling devices: new safety precautions
Routine standards updates: radio equipment, pressure equipment, low-voltage electrical safety, EMC, ATEX products, construction products

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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