Market Access Group

The market access working group is dealing with regulatory and administrative requirements that technology products have to fulfil in order to get access to the European Single Market. In this context, issues such as harmonised standards, conformity assessment, and the market surveillance framework are addressed with the aim of creating smarter regulation and a simplification of legislation by reducing administrative and regulatory barriers. In this context the global nature of the digital high technology industry needs to be taken into account.

New legislative framework

DIGITALEUROPE provided expertise and feedback on the NLF alignment and the related Blue Guide revision.

The "New Legislative Framework" was published in the Official Journal on 13 August 2008 [Decision 768]. The measures are designed to help the internal market for goods work better and to strengthen and modernise the conditions for placing a wide range of industrial products on the EU market. The package builds on existing systems to reinforce the application and enforcement of internal market legislation. 

On 21 November 2011, the Commission adopted an “Alignment Package” including also the EMC and LV directives, as explained below. The objective of the alignment was to accelerate the process of bringing product harmonisation legislation into line with the NLF.  The package was adopted in February 2014 and EMC and LVD have to be now transposed and will be applicable from 20 April 2016. 

Electromagnetic compatibility Directive (EMC)

DIGITALEUROPE is providing industry with a platform for exchange on the EMC Directive and its requirements for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) such as emission limits for electromagnetic interference and resistance to interference from an external source.

The new EMC Directive 2014/30/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility (recast) aligned to the New Legislative Framework, will be applicable from 20 April 2016.

DIGITALEUROPE and its members will work with all stakeholders for a smooth and proper transition from the current to the new EMC-D.

Low voltage Directive (LVD) and General product safety Directive (GPSD)

The LVD concerns the safety of low voltage products and the GPSD concerns the safety of products not covered by any of the “New Approach” directives. DIGITALEUROPE believes a clear distinction between the GPSD and other ‘New Approach” directives, i.e. LVD, is necessary to achieve legal certainty and avoid bureaucratic burdens for manufacturers. DIGITALEUROPE is providing industry with a platform for exchange on the safety requirements as laid down in the LVD.
 
The new LV Directive 2014/35/EU of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relates to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits. 

DIGITALEUROPE and its members will work with all stakeholders for a smooth and proper transition from the current to the new LVD. 

Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and its predecessor R&TTE

The Radio and Telecom Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive has provided a smooth regulatory system for the placing of radio and terminal equipment on the European market since 2000. On 17 October 2012 the European Commission proposed to update the Radio Equipment Directive (RE-D). The Commission proposed to clarify and simplify the Directive, to facilitate its application and to eliminate unnecessary burden ultimately increasing all stakeholders' confidence in the regulatory framework. DIGITALEUROPE provided industry with a platform for exchange to ensure that the new RE Directive was properly updated in line with new developments in the market.

The new Directive 2014/53/ of 16 April 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment and repealing Directive 1999/5/EC will be applicable from 13 June 2016.

DIGITALEUROPE and its members will work with all stakeholders for a smooth and proper transition from R&TTE to RE-D. 

For more information please contact:

  Klaus-Dieter Axt
Director
klaus-dieter.axt@digitaleurope.org