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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

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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