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September 2018

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement signed: more than just free trade
  • Impact of Brexit: EU urges preparation for no-deal hard Brexit in 2019; new sectoral consequences defined; but Britain will continue as full partner in European standards developmen
  • Computer servers and data-storage products: new eco-design requirements imminent
  • Household refrigerators, electric motors, lighting products: idea for new eco-design measures under discussion
  • Drones:  framework adopted for first EU regulations
  • Product safety:  opinions published on new EU Goods Package
  • Radio spectrum allocations for broadband Internet and IoT
  • ISO environmental management standards: new versions recognised by EU
  • Endocrine disruptors: guidance published on process of verification
  • Nanomaterials: two new data-bases for ease identification
  • Chemicals: EU prepares transition to new version of Globally Harmonised System of classification
  • Cosmetics: update to lists of restricted ingredients
  • Energy efficiency of buildings: new, mandatory targets adopted
  • Mutual recognition of test reports and certificates EU-USA: many new test bodies recognised
  • Cyber-security: new, mandatory conformity assessment system outlined
  • Foods: EU joins global agreement on protection of geographical designations:  new environmental assessment procedure for GMOs
  • Automotive vehicle emissions: technical updates
  • Waste management: new, mandatory recycling targets for packaging; proposal to ban single-use plastics
  • Railway safety: consultations opened on updates to regulations
  • Routine updates to recognised standards: low-voltage electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility, machinery, radio equipment, pressure equipment, construction products, ATEX products, measuring energy efficiency of air-conditioners, automotive tachographs, gas appliances, ATEX products, personal protective equipment, cableways, pleasure boats



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  • 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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