The single market is one of Europe's greatest achievements today. This is an economic space in which products and services, capital and labor can move freely and provides a basis for prosperity in the European Union. In the European Union countries, unique and innovative tools have been developed to remove barriers to the free movement of products.
The biggest share among these is the New Approach Directives. In this application, what is required is determined by legal regulations and the biggest choice is given to the producer companies in terms of fulfilling the obligations.
Since 1987, within the framework of the New Approach, the directive on 20 has gradually entered into force. Certainly, this application has some problems. To clarify these problems, a guide was published in 1994 and was later updated. This guideline sets out the meaning, importance and practical implications of the directives to which it refers.
The free movement of goods is the cornerstone of the single market principle. To achieve this goal, existing systems are based on the removal of new barriers to trade, mutual recognition and technical harmonization.
In the New Approach strategy, with the Council Decision of 1985, the following principles are adopted:
In order to benefit from the free movement of products within the community, Member States must determine the basic conditions that these products must meet in accordance with the relevant legal regulations.
The technical specifications of products that meet the essential requirements of the directives are contained in harmonized standards.
Harmonized standards or other standards are optional and the manufacturer can always apply other technical specifications to meet the requirements.
Products manufactured in accordance with harmonized standards benefit from the assumption of compliance with the relevant basic requirements.
For the New Approach principles to work, the following are important:
Standards should provide a guaranteed level of protection for the essential requirements set by the directives.
National authorities should fulfill their responsibilities for the protection of the directive's security or other interests.
There should also be a safety measure to ensure that a product is likely to challenge compliance or failures or omissions of harmonized standards.
The principles of the New Approach require the harmonization of the basic requirements and the compulsory regulation. In addition, the relevant product group must be suitable for standardization.
The basic principles of the New Approach directives are:
Harmonization is limited to basic requirements
Only products that meet the basic requirements can be placed on the market and put into service
Harmonized standards are assumed to comply with the relevant basic requirements
Implementation of harmonized standards or other technical specifications is optional and manufacturers are free to choose technical solutions that meet the requirements
Manufacturers may choose from different conformity assessment procedures as specified in the relevant directive
Implementation of the CE Marking, which was initiated by the New Approach Directives, is based entirely on these principles, and manufacturers make a declaration of conformity under certain conditions and leave the CE Mark on their products.
The countries of the European Union are obliged to take the necessary measures to ensure that the products are placed on the market and put into service. However, there are also obligations to perform market surveillance. Although manufacturers have a great deal of freedom in CE Marking, they may face severe sanctions in case of nonconformity or abuse. What is important here is to protect the safety and health of consumers and ensure that the environment is not damaged.
Our company also provides conformity services to CE European standards within the scope of certification services. Thanks to these services, enterprises are able to produce more efficient, high performance and quality products in a safe, fast and uninterrupted manner.
Compliance with CE European standards within the scope of certification services is only one of the services provided by our organization in this respect. Many other certification services are also available.