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January 2021

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Corona virus:  a year-end review:  what chances of recovery in 2021?
  • All products:  labelling rules reaffirmed
  • Cyber-security:  weaknesses in EU programmes recognised in new strategy
  • Energy efficiency of buildings:  new method for measuring readiness for smart technology
  • Electrical products:  standards updated for safety and EMC
  • EU - UK trade:  a last-gasp agreement with pitfalls ahead
  • Global free trade negotiations by the EU:  climate action to be a mandatory chapter
  • Testing and certification:  standards for independent bodies updated
  • Single-use plastics:  new marking requirements
  • Safety of toys:  new requirements and restrictions on allergens
  • Child-care products:  new list of standards
  • Mutual recognition within the EU of national product safety standards:  more details of how it will work
  • Agricultural pesticides: a fresh defeat for opponents of glyphosate
  • Organic foods:  COVID leads to temporary exemptions from food production standards, and  postponement of implementation of revised regulations
  • Foods:  EU floats idea for new label indicating high standards of animal welfare
  • Nanomaterials:  consumer pressure for better information
  • Tattoo inks:  new list of banned substances
  • Chemicals:  alarming percentages of non-compliance with REACH registration requirements
  • Transport of dangerous goods:  EU accepts latest international conventions in domestic traffic
  • Counterfeit goods:  annual EU report shows few changes in patterns
  • EU environmental auditing scheme:  new guidance for retail sector
  • Eco-label criteria updated for 3 sectors
  • Consumer redress processes updated to include digital economy
  • Batteries:  a proposed, new regulation on sustainable batteries
  • Pharmaceuticals:  a new EU strategy

Examples of our work

Full text reports available for download:

  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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