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August 2019

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Cyber-security: 1) a new critical appraisal of standards for the energy sector
  • Cyber-security: 2) EU criminal prosecutions of cyber-attack gangs 
  • Free Trade Agreements: 1) new free trade agreement between the EU and South America, and Vietnam 
  • Free Trade Agreements: 2) new EU efforts to restrict the use of American standards in technical regulation 
  • Agricultural pesticides: new requirements for data on risk indicators 
  • Machinery / robotics / AI: new, public consultation on revision of core safety regulation 
  • Eco-design for batteries: new, public consultation on content of proposed new regulation 
  • Medical devices: which organisations are authorised to issue Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) – mandatory for high-risk devices 
  • Drones: definitive safety and certification requirements published 
  • Electric vehicles: new push to impose rapid growth through use of public procurement 
  • Recreational craft (pleasure boats): major  update of standards recognised under the latest version of the regulation  
  • Chemicals:  moves towards new restrictions on specific substances 
  • Plastic waste.  The definitive text of the first bans of single-use plastic items
  • Brexit: ultimate outcome still almost hopelessly unclear

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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