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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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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.

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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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