Simpler Product Regulation

Published: 16 November 2007

Policies & Issues: Legal

For the companies which Orgalime represents – engineering companies whose total output in 2006 was estimated at 1779 billion euros (27% of the EU manufacturing output) - product legislation based on the 'New Approach' is the core legislation regulating our products.

Orgalime therefore urges the European Parliament to carefully consider the administrative burden that the proposed Decision for a common framework for the marketing of products COM(2007)53EC could impose on manufacturers. The whole exercise should result in a legislation that is less complicated and imposes less burdens on companies.

The New Approach legislation has successfully been applied to millions of engineering products for more than 20 years and has been instrumental in the success of the EU internal market with its key benefits: free movement of products and a high level of safety for both consumers and workers everywhere in Europe. In our view the extension of the application of the New Approach principles therefore constitutes a step forward to simplify the increasingly complex legal environment for European engineering manufacturers.

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