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August 2018


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Current news highlights covered in our analytical reports:

 
 
  • EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement signed: more than just free trade
  • Impact of Brexit: EU urges preparation for no-deal hard Brexit in 2019; new sectoral consequences defined; but Britain will continue as full partner in European standards developmen
  • Computer servers and data-storage products: new eco-design requirements imminent
  • Household refrigerators, electric motors, lighting products: idea for new eco-design measures under discussion
  • Radio spectrum allocations for broadband Internet and IoT
  • ISO environmental management standards: new versions recognised by EU
  • Endocrine disruptors: guidance published on process of verification
  • Nanomaterials: two new data-bases for ease identification
  • Chemicals: EU prepares transition to new version of Globally Harmonised System of classification
  • Cosmetics: update to lists of restricted ingredients
  • Energy efficiency of buildings: new, mandatory targets adopted
  • Mutual recognition of test reports and certificates EU-USA: many new test bodies recognised
  • Cyber-security: new, mandatory conformity assessment system outlined
  • Foods: new environmental assessment procedure for GMOs; new organic foods regulation adopted 
  • Automotive vehicle emissions: technical updates
  • Waste management: new, mandatory recycling targets for packaging; proposal to ban single-use plastics
  • Railway safety: consultations opened on updates to regulations
  • Routine updates to recognised standards: low-voltage electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility, machinery, radio equipment, pressure equipment, construction products, ATEX products, measuring energy efficiency of air-conditioners, automotive tachographs, gas appliances, ATEX products, personal protective equipment, cableways, pleasure boats

 

 

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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 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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  • 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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