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Latest reports:
May 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  
  • Machinery:  1) current directive to be revised to accommodate robots and artificial intelligence 
  • Machinery:  2) major update to standards recognised as compliant with EU regulation  
  • Cyber-security:  new signs of urgency in EU programmes  
  • Internet-connected devices:  new measures to protect users from hacking and unauthorised software change.  Toys singled out for attention. 
  • Energy efficiency labels:  more details of content and design   specifications  
  • Eco-design:  batteries and tyres to be considered for inclusion in EU regulation
  • Chemicals:  1) EU implements latest global standards for classification and labelling 
  • Chemicals:  2) More substances added highest-risk category 
  • Automotive vehicles:  1) progress towards major update to safety components / systems 
  • Automotive vehicles:  2) updates to CO2 emission restrictions 
  • Food safety:  1) new data on glyphosates (pesticide residues) and titanium dioxide (food additive) as debate over safety continues 
  • Food safety:  2) updates to substances authorised in plastics in contact with food  
  • Single-use plastics: first bans move closer 
  • 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 
  • Free trade and Brexit:  a new phase of uncertainty starts at Britain misses its own deadline for withdrawal from EU



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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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