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May 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  
  • Machinery:  1) current directive to be revised to accommodate robots and artificial intelligence 
  • Machinery:  2) major update to standards recognised as compliant with EU regulation  
  • Cyber-security:  new signs of urgency in EU programmes  
  • Internet-connected devices:  new measures to protect users from hacking and unauthorised software change.  Toys singled out for attention. 
  • Energy efficiency labels:  more details of content and design   specifications  
  • Eco-design:  batteries and tyres to be considered for inclusion in EU regulation
  • Chemicals:  1) EU implements latest global standards for classification and labelling 
  • Chemicals:  2) More substances added highest-risk category 
  • Automotive vehicles:  1) progress towards major update to safety components / systems 
  • Automotive vehicles:  2) updates to CO2 emission restrictions 
  • Food safety:  1) new data on glyphosates (pesticide residues) and titanium dioxide (food additive) as debate over safety continues 
  • Food safety:  2) updates to substances authorised in plastics in contact with food  
  • Single-use plastics: first bans move closer 
  • 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 
  • Free trade and Brexit:  a new phase of uncertainty starts at Britain misses its own deadline for withdrawal from EU



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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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