European cooperation on market surveillance

Application of product directives

The Machinery Directive Working Group and the Personal Protective Equipment Working Group operate under the Machinery Committee of the EU Commission. Both deal with implementing product directives concerning the standards and safety of products within their ambit.

Member states administrative cooperation on market surveillance

Member States and the EU Commission deal with matters related to market surveillance in the Administrative Cooperation Working Groups. The Chemicals Legislation Enforcement European Network (CLEEN) deals with matters concerning compliance with chemicals legislation.

Nordic cooperation

Nordic OSG authorities cooperate on market surveillance issues. They hold annual conferences and conduct joint market surveillance programmes.

European product standards

Products may conform to harmonised European standards (CEN standards) that determine the safety or protection levels of products.

Manufacturers do not have to apply these standards, which set out the technical solutions whereby the requirements of EU directives can be met.

Notified Bodies

The procedure of Notified Bodies enables EU countries to inform the Commission and other Member States that a body fulfils relevant requirements and has been designated to carry out conformity assessment according to a directive. Notified Bodies are placed on the Nando (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) Information System.