EU standardisation strategy must not lead to bureaucratisation

26.11.2018 The EU Commission has presented an action plan aimed at making the existing standardisation system more efficient. The VDMA argues that standardisation is a common task of the private sector and public institutions.

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EU creates conditions for more effective market surveillance

05.09.2018 The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has approved a new framework for the conformity and enforcement of product legislation, paving the way for better monitoring of the internal market.

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VDMA: Machinery Directive is on the right track

08.05.2018 The European Commission has classified the Machinery Directive as fit for purpose - even in times of digitalization.

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Cybersecurity Act: EU must do better!

14.02.2018 The European Commission is proposing a Europe-wide framework for IT security. VDMA warns that some of the planned actions would have a negative impact on industry.

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VDMA: product database does not provide a solution to market surveillance

23.03.2017 Companies will have to upload product information to a database from 2019. However, VDMA does not consider the instrument to be well-suited to monitoring the energy efficiency of products.

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Commission gives outlook for industrial goods market

12.02.2014 Legislative initiatives can be expected to further develop the New Legislative Framework and the harmonisation of economic sanctions. A report evaluating the Machinery Directive is announced for 2015.

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Consultation Results: No Third-party Certification

09.12.2013 There is no need to accompany the CE marking with any other product information. 80% of all stakeholders clearly oppose the idea of introducing a third-party conformity assessment for all industrial products.

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Do We Need a European Occupational Safety and Health Framework?

13.09.2013 The European Commission is currently evaluating the EU Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007–2012. In order to gather insight and contributions from the public, a stakeholder consultation was conducted to complement the findings drawn from the results of the evaluation study.

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Market Surveillance Package: Relief or Burden for the Capital Goods Industry?

11.07.2013 Both rapporteurs for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament have tabled their amendments on the market surveillance package, which was published in February. If the proposals were adopted as it stands today, overall, companies would have to prepare themselves for new burdens, instead of the expected relief resulting from a more effective legal framework.

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Revision of Gas Appliances Directive to Leave Scope Untouched?

16.05.2013 According to current information, the revision of the gas appliances directive (GAD), planned for October this year, will take the form of a mere alignment with the New Legislative Framework, the recently revised harmonisation concept for EU technical regulation. As a result, the text would remain substantively unchanged.

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Holger Kunze

Director European Office

Phone: 

+32 2 7068213


Fax: 


holger.kunze@vdma.org

Hanna Blankemeyer

Energy Technics and Environment

Phone: 

+32 2 7068217


Fax: 

+32 2 7068210


hanna.blankemeyer@vdma.org