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Latest reports:
June 2021

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Artificial intelligence systems:  the EU's first attempt at regulation
  • Climate action 1):  EU goes for 55% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2030
  • Climate action 2): Eco-design and energy labelling:  calculations updated for energy efficiency
  • Climate action 3): a new programme to promote energy-efficient building design
  • Standards updates:  machinery, personal protective equipment, EMC, medical devices, pressure equipment
  • Medical devices:  authorisation to use electronic documentation for devices used only by professionals
  • Using alternatives to standards to demonstrate product safety:  EU confirms legitimacy
  • Telecommunications networks:  problems in implementing EU Electronic Communications Code
  • The EU's New Legislative Framework and CE Marking:  3 major new guidance documents
  • Free trade:  EU sets sustainability as a condition
  • Tobacco products:  a new, mandatory method for identifying characterising flavours, which are banned
  • Agricultural fertilisers:  labelling rules updated
  • Non-agricultural pesticides:  data requirements updated for applications for approval
  • Chemical substances 1):  methodology clarified for classifying products as carcinogenic / mutagenic
    Chemical substances 2):  EU announces completion of safety reviews of substances of very high concern
    Automotive type-approval:  lengthy update to current process
    Automotive type-approval:  new regulation for cyber-security protection
    Organic foods:  updates to control procedures to implement latest regulation
    Food hygiene:  mandatory factory checks on presence of allergens improved



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

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