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Strengthening market surveillance of harmonised industrial products [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Nikolina Šajn (5th edition),

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Harmonised products represent 69 % of the overall value of industrial products in the internal market. However, a significant part of these products does not comply with harmonised EU rules. This has negative effects on the health and safety of consumers, and on fair competition between businesses. To remedy the situation, in 2017 the Commission proposed to strengthen market surveillance rules for non-food products harmonised by EU legislation. Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on the proposal in February 2019. The new regulation was signed on 20 June and published in the Official Journal on 25 June 2019, applying in full from July 2021. It aims to increase EU-level coordination of market surveillance and clarify the procedures for the mutual assistance mechanism. Non-EU manufacturers of products that could cause an elevated level of risk to public interest will have to designate an importer, an authorised representative or a fulfilment service provider established in the EU.

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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council laying down rules and procedures for compliance with and enforcement of Union harmonisation legislation on products
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2017) 795 of 19.12.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0353(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Nicola Danti (S&D, Italy)
Shadow rapporteurs:

Othmar Karas (EPP, Austria)

Dalton Daniel (ECR, United Kingdom)

Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, Sweden)

Jiří Maštálka (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)

Durand Pascal (Greens/EFA, France)

Zullo Marco (EFDD, Italy)

Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2019/1020
OJ L 169, 25.6.2019, pp. 1–44
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