The new Regulation for Market Surveillance is now in effect

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 20 July 2021

DG GROW has announced that from 16 July, the new Regulation for Market Surveillance now fully applies.

This Regulation ensures that market surveillance is protecting consumers and businesses across the EU in order for the Single Market to function seamlessly. It is part of DG GROW’s commitment to make market surveillance more effective, working together with EU countries.

In particular, the Regulation contains a list of key provisions, ensuring:

  • Certain products are only sold if the business or authorised representative is in the EU;
  • Joint actions for compliance, raising awareness, and guidance;
  • Close cooperation between market surveillance and customer authorities.

Following this, an EU Product Compliance Network has been set up, comprised of EU country representatives, Administrative Cooperation Groups (ADCOs), and the European Commission.

In addition, each EU country has appointed a dedicated Liaison Office with budgetary and staff resources. A representative of the Liaison Office will be selected to join the network.

The main purpose of this network is to structure how market surveillance authorities coordinate and cooperate with each other, as well as streamline EU practices. Some of the tasks assigned to the network include:

  • Preparation, adoption, and monitoring the regulation’s work programme;
  • Facilitation of the exchange of best practices and information for market surveillance activities;
  • Coordination of their country’s ADCOs and their activities;
  • Contribution to the development of guidance for the Regulation, ensuring that businesses apply it effectively.

With the Regulation for Market Surveillance now in effect, it’s vital for EU organisations to learn and understand how they need to apply it in their business activities.

Download the Regulation for Market Surveillance here.

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