Governments face the challenge of a ensuring that products on their national markets are safe. Yet, they have scarce resources to devote to controls, and the products on the market are ever more complex and diverse. Globalization means that no market can be secured in isolation. We then need a shared vision for market surveillance and enforcement of technical regulations. The MARS group met in Bratislava, Slovakia - at the kind invitation of the Slovak Office of Standards, Metrology and Testing - to discuss a new and original model, the "General Market Surveillance Procedure" which intends to provide guidance to market surveillance authorities in the planning and execution of market surveillance actions. Participants also learned about how the "New legislative framework of the European Union" aims at curbing the proliferation of unsafe and counterfeit products on the markets of EU Member States and the ensuing distortion of competition.
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General market surveillance procedure
Best practice techniques in market surveillance: Report of the EMARS Group
Note to the Senior Officials Group on Standardization and Conformity Assessment Policy - Market surveillance group (SOGS-MSG)
Possible extension of the Rapex system
Questionnaire 1 developed by Mr. Ivan Hendrikx as back up to the General Market Surveillance Procedure
Questionnaire 2 developed by Mr. Ivan Hendrikx as back up to the General Market Surveillance Procedure
Regulation no. 764/2008 on "Mutual recognition"
Regulation no. 765/2008 on accreditation and market surveillance
Decision 768/2008 on the "New Framework"
The New EU Market Surveillance Framework by Ms. Rita L'Abbate
The Mutual Recognition Regulation (EC) 764/2008 by Ms. Rita L'Abbate
New regulatory package by Ms. Kvetoslava Steinlová
General Market Surveillance Procedure by Mr. Ivan Hendikx
Labour Inspection Authorities Surveillance in Slovakia by Mr. Kasana
The ICSMS system by Ms. Kvetoslava Steinlová
Implementation of the EU market surveillance framework in the United Kingdom by Ms. Kvetoslava Steinlová
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