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December 2018


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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

 
 

Eco-design and energy labelling: first texts of next-generation specifications published -- 2 years to prepare
Drones: first technical regulation
Robots and artificial intelligence: consultation on first regulatory guidelines
Counterfeit goods: product safety cases rising
Electronic customs clearance: EU acknowledges failure of current programmes and requests comments on where to go from here
Non-agricultural pesticides: a national regulation prevails
Chemicals: new bans on carcinogenic chemicals used in textile processing
Chemicals: update to EU rolling action plan for evaluation of substances suspected but not proved to be dangerous

Nanomaterials: two new data-bases opened

Health & Safety: new restrictions on exposure to chemicals
Toy Safety Directive: review of effectiveness
Radio spectrum: more bandwidth freed for short-range devices and IoT
Wooden pallets and crates: presentation of electronic phytosanitary certificates imposed at customs
2019 EU Work Programme issued:  what plans for new technical regulation?
A court case: who is liable for submission of compliance documentation?
Climate change: EU backs UN view on urgency
Automotive emissions: latest updates
Cyber-security: unsatisfactory progress towards stronger protection
What constitutes an EU-wide safety crisis?
Free Trade: new FTA EU-Vietnam
Brexit: EU steps up contingency planning for no deal
Alarms, flares and signalling devices: new safety precautions
Routine standards updates: radio equipment, pressure equipment, low-voltage electrical safety, EMC, ATEX products, construction products

 

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