New List of Standards for Machinery

List of harmonised standards for machinery

The European Commission has published a new list of European harmonised standards for the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). If you are a machine manufacturer with CE marked machinery, we recommended you to download the new list and check if the standards you applied have been amended. The list may also contain newly adopted standards that apply to your machinery.Read More

Is the future of the CE marking’s regulatory system in danger?

Court Decisions

Last week, this  blogpost of the good folks at European Law Blog was brought to our attention. In a well written article, Megi Medzmariashvili informs us about an interesting case that will be brought to the European Court of Justice soon. This ‘James Elliot Construction case’ concerns the interpretation of the practice of ‘attaching’ harmonised standards to European directives and regulations. This practice is a specific feature of the CE marking directives and the EU’s regulatory approach called the New Legislative Framework.

If the European Court of Justice will follow the opinion of the Attorney General in this case, this could lead to end of one of the corner stones of the CE marking system: the referring to standards developed by private standardisation bodies. It also potentially endangers the European standardisation’s financial model and it could bring an end to the protection of harmonised standard’s copyrights. We’ll be following the developments in this case with great interest!

We thank European Law Blog and Megi Medzmariashvili for allowing us to repost their blog post here:

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UK Beauty Products Recalled

recalled-products

Story from Westbriton.co.uk:

A warning has gone out about the dangers of potentially unsafe electrical beauty equipment.

Cornwall Trading Standards has published a list of seven products that have been recalled and has offered advice to consumers in the Christmas gift-buying season.

It said that some products made and bought from outside the EU can not only pose a danger but put users at risk of breaking the law. Products without a genuine CE label are not safety compliant and can lead to electric shocks, exposure to unsafe UV levels or overheating, causing products to catch fire. Consumers providing treatments, even to friends and family in their home, have a legal obligation to abide by the relevant laws and regulations.Read More

New EU Directives Have No Transition Period

In this article, Donald Sweeney and Bill Stumpf, correctly point out that the new EMC directive, Low Voltage Directive and Radio Equipment Directive do not have a transition period.

Whenever the EU (European Union) publishes new directives for electronic equipment compliance, it sends waves through the industry. Remember when the EU first published the EMC Directive in 1996? We thought the world would end because our products had more regulations to meet. Well, we survived that shift and others that have followed. But, those directives had transition periods where your product could comply with either new or old regulations.

Not this time.

The EU has published three new Directives for the electrical sector, but this time, there is no transition period. The Directives affected are:

RED (Radio Equipment Directive): 2014/53/EU
The new LVD (Low-voltage Directive): 2014/35/EU
The new EMCD (EMC Directive): 2014/30/EU.


In my opinion, the reason there is no need for a transition period is the fact that these new directives do not introduce new technical requirements for electrical equipment. The changes in the directives are mainly related to the integration of the formulation of the obligations of economic operators as introduced by Decision 768/2008. In this Decision, the European Commission clarified what the responsibilities of the manufacturer, importer, authorised representative and distributor with regard to product compliance are. The Decision already is directly applicable, without transposition into national legislation of the EU Member States, ever since it was adopted in 2008.

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