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Latest reports:
January 2021

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Corona virus:  a year-end review:  what chances of recovery in 2021?
  • All products:  labelling rules reaffirmed
  • Cyber-security:  weaknesses in EU programmes recognised in new strategy
  • Energy efficiency of buildings:  new method for measuring readiness for smart technology
  • Electrical products:  standards updated for safety and EMC
  • EU - UK trade:  a last-gasp agreement with pitfalls ahead
  • Global free trade negotiations by the EU:  climate action to be a mandatory chapter
  • Testing and certification:  standards for independent bodies updated
  • Single-use plastics:  new marking requirements
  • Safety of toys:  new requirements and restrictions on allergens
  • Child-care products:  new list of standards
  • Mutual recognition within the EU of national product safety standards:  more details of how it will work
  • Agricultural pesticides: a fresh defeat for opponents of glyphosate
  • Organic foods:  COVID leads to temporary exemptions from food production standards, and  postponement of implementation of revised regulations
  • Foods:  EU floats idea for new label indicating high standards of animal welfare
  • Nanomaterials:  consumer pressure for better information
  • Tattoo inks:  new list of banned substances
  • Chemicals:  alarming percentages of non-compliance with REACH registration requirements
  • Transport of dangerous goods:  EU accepts latest international conventions in domestic traffic
  • Counterfeit goods:  annual EU report shows few changes in patterns
  • EU environmental auditing scheme:  new guidance for retail sector
  • Eco-label criteria updated for 3 sectors
  • Consumer redress processes updated to include digital economy
  • Batteries:  a proposed, new regulation on sustainable batteries
  • Pharmaceuticals:  a new EU strategy

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  Multi-client service

The Europe-link Information Service on EU Product Approvals, is a multi-client, multi-sectoral service covering European Union programmes of harmonisation or mutual recognition of specifications, conformity assessment, technical regulations and related policies, in both established and new sectors of trade. It offers bi-monthly summaries of key news, comments on its significance and potential impact, and provides electronic links to key free-of-charge official sources of data.

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The two key benefits of the service are cost-effectiveness and balanced analysis. Both stem from long experience of knowing where to look and of the impact of related programmes, past or present. For clients, the need for in-house teams can be reduced, and understanding of practical implications of external programmes can be improved. Where desired, long-term support can be offered to integrate reports and other data into in-house Intranet services of our clients, to optimise accessibility. Clients for this service are normally large private or public organisations with multi-sectoral interests.

Content includes both factual updates and strategic comments. Coverage ranges from revisions to EU technical regulations or the issue of new guidance documents or standards programmes, to broader reports on the evolution of policies and programmes such as the EU’s eco-design programme or common ground-rules for zero-energy buildings. The service also monitors major global harmonisation programmes in which the European Union is a prime participant.


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All other research and consulting advice is individually commissioned and client-specific. Non-disclosure agreements are a standard element.

Some examples:

  • the strategic impact of the development of one-stop certification, on conformity assessment bodies and major suppliers

  • opportunities for development of reliable, web-based services of food safety information in international food trade

  • the business case for improved, global factual reporting to underpin the application of CSR policies, standards, and programmes

  • national strategies for the development of PV solar energy in developing countries

  • the impact of renewable energy programmes on the development of electricity storage

  • the state of policy development on nanotechnology and other advanced technology areas in the EU.

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