Market surveillance reloaded


The VDMA is tirelessly fighting for improved market surveillance in Europe. Online trading and fulfillment centers have not simplified the batch situation. The EU Commission has presented a new proposal for market surveillance.

Fulfillment centres, online trading, lack of technical equipment from market surveillance authorities in Europe - the list of problems is long.

The VDMA therefore welcomes the EU Commission's proposal to improve market surveillance in principle. Some ideas go in the right direction: for example, expanding the definition of the economic actor with the aim of also being able to address online trading and fulfillment centers. It will also encourage Member States to better coordinate market surveillance to avoid duplication. This is to be achieved, among other things, through a Union network on product conformity.

From the VDMA's point of view, however, the EU proposal also contains a number of difficult passages. It is important to maintain proportionality! Formal non-conformity must not lead to a marketing ban. There is also no need to make EU declarations of conformity available to the public. From the VDMA's point of view, the costs and benefits are disproportionate. Two becomes three! That is the EU Commission's approach to date. The new regulation is to apply alongside the existing regulations with market surveillance aspects. Good lawmaking is different.

The VDMA is committed to improving the proposals on the table and is in close contact with the relevant authorities in Germany and at Brussels level.