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The harmonisation of the existing technical standards in the Member States is essential to eliminate a large number of obstacles to Community trade in goods. In the past, each Member State imposed different technical specifications for all industrial products. However, differences between national technical regulations inevitably impede the free movement of goods within the single market.
Technical harmonisation at European level therefore guarantees both genuine free movement of industrial products and a high level of safety for consumers and users of these products.
- New approach
- Mutual recognition
- European standards for 2020
- The role of standardisation in Europe
- The role of European standardisation in the framework of European policies and legislation
- Integration of environmental aspects into European standardisation
- Financing of European standardisation
- Information procedures: technical standards and regulations and regulations on information society services
SECTORS HARMONISED IN LINE WITH THE NEW APPROACH
- Pressure equipment
- Medical devices
- Electrical and electronic equipment and gas appliances
- Information and telecommunication
- Air Traffic
- Rail Traffic
- Maritime safety
- Explosives and pyrotechnic articles
- Materials used outdoors