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June 2019

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Product safety:  1) mutual recognition of national regulations strengthened
  • Product safety:  2) guidelines updated for RAPEX system for mandatory notification of unsafe products
  • Who is liable for an unsafe product which has been certified? a 20-year-old case returns to the courts 
  • Machinery:  1) current directive to be revised to accommodate robots and AI
  • Energy efficiency: moves towards stronger, mandatory targets for heating and cooling
  • Consumer guarantees: updated directive as part of a family of updates to consumer rights
  • Cyber-security: stronger laws to bring cyber-attackers to justice -- but still no new standards for protecting critical infrastructure
  • Internet-connected devices:  new measures to protect users from hacking and unauthorised software change.  Toys singled out for attention.
  • Cosmetics:  1) updated instructions for mandatory labelling;  2) updates to lists of ingredients banned, restricted, or authorised
  • Household appliances and food contact materials: targets set for increased monitoring of compliance, set by substance, application and country.    
  • Interoperability of government IT systems: new frame for imposing interoperability and harmonised standards
  • Agricultural fertilisers: introduction of CE Marking from 2022
  • Mobile phone chargers: reactions to EU threat to impose new harmonised standard.    
  • Electric vehicles: imposition of international standard for acoustic warnings
  • Heavy goods vehicles:  update to emission test procedures
  • Brexit:  e sad continuation of chaos and uncertainty in the debate about Brexit, potentially affecting trade with Britain in both directions
  • Chemicals:  1) EU implements latest global standards for classification and labelling
  • Chemicals:  2) More substances added highest-risk category
  • Radio spectrum:  1) first steps to making use of Galileo positioning system mandatory
  • Radio spectrum:  2) new technical parameters for spectrum for 5G devices
  • Toys:  new concentration limits for formaldehyde and aluminium

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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