No need to reform the internal market for industrial products

Published: 16 April 2013

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

Orgalime welcomes the European Commission’s open consultation of stakeholders on remaining barriers to the free movement of industrial products. 

We support Commission’s statement in its 'Industrial Policy Communication Update': a fully functioning internal market is a “key tool to achieve a highly competitive social market economy”

In this context, engineering companies represented by Orgalime in Europe have six key messages to communicate to policy makers.

  • Professional non-harmonised sectors do not require harmonised health and safety regulation at European-level.
  • In harmonised sectors, full harmonisation is needed for all national rules and requirements for placing products on the market.
  • Market surveillance needs to be stepped up.
  • Products and applications related to Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) do not require specific legislation; some adjustments in existing legislation could support the uptake of KETs.
  • Products and applications related to 3-D printing do not need to be regulated at EU level.
  • Harmonised legislation at EU level should be consistent.

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