Trade

Trade policy will be the key factor of the European Union's 2020 Strategy. With the Single Market opening up further, consumers will even have a wider product and services range to choose from. But at the same time, they have to be able to trust that the products are safe and conforming. Independent conformity assessment is an integral part of well-functioning trade.

Single Market

The 'New Approach' is a coherent and internationally competitive regulatory framework for the marketing of products and services.

Trade Agreements

Large economic areas benefit from trade agreements

Position papers

VdTÜV Position: Proposal for reinforcing trust in the Single Market

In the “goods package” presented on 19.12.2017, the EU Commission is seeking to make adjustments in both areas in order to improve the functioning of the Single Market. With regard to market surveillance and also in the area of mutual recognition, the EU Commission has identified “structural weaknesses”, which it wishes to counteract by means of two Regulations. However, VdTÜV considers that the measures proposed in these Regulations are not suitable in order to adequately meet today’s challenges, eliminate the weaknesses and ensure the most com-prehensive compliance possible for the traded products. Therefore, VdTÜV sees a considerable need for correction as regards the legislation proposals, and wishes to comment as follows.

VdTÜV Position: Successfully shaping European trade policy

Why “legal harmonisation” and “mutual recognition” cannot be the best solutions for the removal of trade barriers between the EU and other states in the short or medium term. VdTÜV proposes a different, more pragmatic approach: Bilateral or Multilateral Conformity Assessments - they would ease trading significantly within the framework of trade agreements.

News

CEOC publishes position paper on Market Surveillance

In its position from 19/09/2016, CEOC International strengthens the importance of regulatory market surveillance and independent third party testing, joining the VdTÜV position from 16/10/2015.