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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



Examples of our work

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  Examples of other studies, projects and reports

  • Regular updates and analysis of EU eco-design programmes.

  • The same for the EU programme to achieve zero-energy buildings.

  • News bulletins on updates to official guidance on EU technical regulations on machinery, electrical products, medical devices, toys, cosmetics.

  • The verifiable impact on trade of simplifying mandatory conformity assessment processes through the use of SDOC (Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity).

  • Global priorities for business development for pressure equipment in the energy sector, taking specific account of the growth of renewable energies.

  • Opportunities for supply of verified information on global production sources to meet the growing demand for reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • Opportunities for harmonised food traceability software to meet global concerns for food safety.

  • One-stop testing and approval as a motor for export growth.

  • Bringing access to data on certification into the Internet age.



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