Strengthening of European market surveillance

Investigations by European market surveillance authorities demonstrate an increase of illegal and dangerous products being brought into Europe. 
The most recent survey showed that 58 percent of electrical/electronic products were not in compliance with the European regulations. This entails potential safety risks for the consumers as well distortion of business competition.

The European Commission is now taking steps to strengthen customs control and national market surveillance, and also for increased utilisation of the IT systems RAPEX and ICSMS by the member states.

As the authorities often have problems identifying who is responsible, particularly for internet sales, the party responsible for conformity of the product within Europe needs to be clear. 
The planned changes for achieving this affect various Regulations, particularly the Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008, and are scheduled to come into effect from 1 January 2020.

For the manufacturers and importers it will mean:
• Need to have authorised importers for imported products.
• The party responsible for product compliance must be shown on their website 
• The Declarations of Conformity (DoC) must be published on their website
• The complete Technical Construction Files (TCF) must be in Europe

The full proposal may be seen here