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Latest reports:
August 2019

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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

  • Cyber-security: 1) a new critical appraisal of standards for the energy sector
  • Cyber-security: 2) EU criminal prosecutions of cyber-attack gangs 
  • Free Trade Agreements: 1) new free trade agreement between the EU and South America, and Vietnam 
  • Free Trade Agreements: 2) new EU efforts to restrict the use of American standards in technical regulation 
  • Agricultural pesticides: new requirements for data on risk indicators 
  • Machinery / robotics / AI: new, public consultation on revision of core safety regulation 
  • Eco-design for batteries: new, public consultation on content of proposed new regulation 
  • Medical devices: which organisations are authorised to issue Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) – mandatory for high-risk devices 
  • Drones: definitive safety and certification requirements published 
  • Electric vehicles: new push to impose rapid growth through use of public procurement 
  • Recreational craft (pleasure boats): major  update of standards recognised under the latest version of the regulation  
  • Chemicals:  moves towards new restrictions on specific substances 
  • Plastic waste.  The definitive text of the first bans of single-use plastic items
  • Brexit: ultimate outcome still almost hopelessly unclear



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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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  • 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

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