New EU regulation requires all “economic operators” to be able to prove compliance of non-food consumer products.

The EU commission has announced a new regulation on market surveillance that will forever change the way economic operators who are involved in placing non-food products into the hands of EU consumers run their business. This was needed to ensure a level playing field for businesses operating in the European market and to ensure the well-being of EU consumers in a market that is flooded with non-compliant products. The new regulation also includes responsibilities for fulfilment service providers and non-EU distance sellers and increases the responsibilities for retailers and e-commerce platforms to the level of importer and brand-owner.

EU New Legislative Framework.

  • For goods imported into the EU Brand owner.
  • What you should do:
    -Perform a risk assessment.
    -Draw up technical documentation.
    -Ensure that your supply chain partner has used relevant EU and national standards.
    -Collect the compliance evidence that ensure compliance with these standards
    -Ensure that procedures are in place to guarantee compliance for repeat orders-Keep information available for 10 years.

Different type of numbers at standards. What is the meaning?
It starts with a letter related to the organisation that issued it, followed with a reference number and a year, for example, ISO 14982:2009
ISO – International Standards Organisation
EN – European Norms
IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission
ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute
Standards can be amended at a specific date. For example EN 60335-1:1994/A12:1996, means that there is an amendment A12 issued in 1996. Amendments will become mandatory at a specific date which is clearly listed in your technical file.
You will also see corrigendum, for example, NEN-EN 55014-1:2007/C1:2009. These are textual changes of the original document. You may assume that laboratories and test institutes always have taken care of information in corrigendum even if they did not mention them on a certificate or test report.

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