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June 2019

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Product safety:  1) mutual recognition of national regulations strengthened
  • Product safety:  2) guidelines updated for RAPEX system for mandatory notification of unsafe products
  • Who is liable for an unsafe product which has been certified? a 20-year-old case returns to the courts 
  • Machinery:  1) current directive to be revised to accommodate robots and AI
  • Energy efficiency: moves towards stronger, mandatory targets for heating and cooling
  • Consumer guarantees: updated directive as part of a family of updates to consumer rights
  • Cyber-security: stronger laws to bring cyber-attackers to justice -- but still no new standards for protecting critical infrastructure
  • Internet-connected devices:  new measures to protect users from hacking and unauthorised software change.  Toys singled out for attention.
  • Cosmetics:  1) updated instructions for mandatory labelling;  2) updates to lists of ingredients banned, restricted, or authorised
  • Household appliances and food contact materials: targets set for increased monitoring of compliance, set by substance, application and country.    
  • Interoperability of government IT systems: new frame for imposing interoperability and harmonised standards
  • Agricultural fertilisers: introduction of CE Marking from 2022
  • Mobile phone chargers: reactions to EU threat to impose new harmonised standard.    
  • Electric vehicles: imposition of international standard for acoustic warnings
  • Heavy goods vehicles:  update to emission test procedures
  • Brexit:  e sad continuation of chaos and uncertainty in the debate about Brexit, potentially affecting trade with Britain in both directions
  • Chemicals:  1) EU implements latest global standards for classification and labelling
  • Chemicals:  2) More substances added highest-risk category
  • Radio spectrum:  1) first steps to making use of Galileo positioning system mandatory
  • Radio spectrum:  2) new technical parameters for spectrum for 5G devices
  • Toys:  new concentration limits for formaldehyde and aluminium

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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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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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  • 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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