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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

Single Market Ventures is a business development consultancy, based in Brussels and working in Europe, North America and east Asia.

The company’s core specialisation is in reporting, assessing, and managing the impact of harmonisation and mutual recognition of standards, tests and related policies on cross-border trade in goods and services. We have over 20 years of experience in the field, which plays a major role in efforts to achieve a barrier-free, level playing-field in international trade. The practical implications for business take precedence in our work, and we also cover wider issues of business development and strategy that they raise. We serve both government and private-sector clients.

Renewable energy (see right) is a current example of the application of our expertise.

 Our Services

Services include factual reporting, research, analysis, and individually-tailored practical advice on policy or business development. Clients are welcome to start at any of those levels. Many have gone through all in sequence: 1) please tell us what’s happening (in a particular field); 2) give us an analysis of its significance; and then 3) advise us on how we should best respond to optimise our own policies and programmes.

We offer a single, core multi-client, multi-sectoral service: the Europe-link Information Service on EU Product Approvals. It concentrates on EU-level harmonisation or mutual recognition of specifications, conformity assessment, technical regulations and related policies, in both established and new sectors of trade.

Client-specific work is a natural complement, and can have a regional or global scope. Work may be within our core specialisation, or use that specialisation as a springboard to broader opportunities for business development. We provide advice on how to respond to policies and programmes which drive new markets or change present ones. We examine the full range of external issues relevant to development, including market activity, opportunities for new ventures, and strategic partnerships. We do not undertake lobbying assignments.

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