Products traded within the Single Market and worldwide must fulfil the applicable legal requirements and standards, i.e. they must conform and, first and foremost, be safe. Independent assessment bodies and their services play a decisive role in the consistent application of European and international product requirements and assessment procedures. With their competence and neutrality, they ensure that manufacturers, trading partners, authorities, and consumers can safely rely on the conformity of products. Therefore, independent conformity assessments are integral to a well-functioning trade system.
The necessary measures:
- Maintain a high European level of protection,
- create a level-playing-field,
- enable conformity assessment for international markets from a single organisation.