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Latest reports:
June 2018

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Robots and artificial intelligence: new EU supervisory bodies
  • Enforcement of product safety: latest annual report on RAPEX
  • Consumer Rights Directive; text of revision published
  • Border inspections of compliance of imports with EU technical regulations: new plans for digitisation
  • Protection of intellectual property rights: streamlined EU rules to block non-compliant imports
  • Certification bodies: updates to mandatory standards of operation
  • Cyber-security: new EU oversight body to be established            
  • Routine updates to recognised standards: machinery, radio equipment, pressure equipment, construction products, ATEX products, measuring energy efficiency of air-conditioners, automotive tachographs, gas appliances, personal protective equipment, cableways
  • Free trade agreement updates: USA, Switzerland
  • Impact of Brexit: new sectoral requirements announced
  • Chemicals: new, improved calculation methods planned for evaluation of exposure scenarios to improve workplace protection, and immediate new limits on exposure to specific carcinogenic substances; latest restrictions and lists of substances of very high concern
  • Galileo-based positioning systems: new accuracy standards
  • Drones: timetable for new regulation announced
  • Food contact materials including kitchen appliances: new restriction on Bisphenol A
  • Automotive sector: updated measurement methods for 2-3 wheel vehicle construction
  • Foods: new approvals and restrictions on substances in infant formulae; new environmental assessment procedure for GMOs
  • Marine equipment: list of products eligible for electronic tagging, and standards for that
  • Tobacco products: new, mandatory standards for traceability



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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.


  Individually commissioned projects

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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