Market Surveillance Regulation: A brave step towards an effective pan-European market surveillance system

Published: 28 May 2013

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Compliance, Standards & Enforcement

In 2009, the European engineering industries Association (Orgalime) and the European consumer voice in standardisation (ANEC) called on policy makers to take practical measures for re-enforcing border controls and the surveillance of products placed on the European market. The rule should be simple: a product which is on the Internal Market must respect all European legislation.

Within the European Union, all consumers expect safe products; all manufacturing companies expect fair competition. Product safety and product compliance with applicable legislation are pre-requisites for placing a product on the market. Safety and compliance with other EU rules grant products free circulation within the Single European Market, contribute to consumer choice and confidence, and boost industry’s competitiveness and development.

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