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EU Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package. A BIS perspective. What does BIS do?. We are the Department for economic growth. We do this by: Promoting trade Boosting innovation Helping people to start and grow businesses Protecting consumers Reducing the impact of regulation.

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Eu product safety and market surveillance package

EU Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package

A BIS perspective


What does bis do

What does BIS do?

  • We are the Department for economic growth. We do this by:

    • Promoting trade

    • Boosting innovation

    • Helping people to start and grow businesses

    • Protecting consumers

    • Reducing the impact of regulation


Who else has an interest from uk government

Who else has an interest from UK Government?

  • Most UK Government Departments have an interest in this package because they are responsible for policies which relate to products, which are linked to trade or which sponsor enforcement agencies. For example:

    • Trading Standards enforces a wide range of legislation

    • Home Office sponsors the UK Border Force

    • Department for Work and Pensions sponsors the Health and Safety Executive


Where does the product regulation team fit in

Where does the Product Regulation Team fit in?

  • Overall co-ordination of policy on product safety and market surveillance overall

  • Policy leadership of particular Directives and Regulations

    • Negotiation

    • Expert input

    • Interpretation

    • Liaising with industry


What does all of this mean for developing a uk position

What does all of this mean for developing a UK position?

  • We have a lot of departmental and interdepartmental interests to take account of – need to coordinate an overall Government approach that is consistent and which accurately reflects UK policy

  • We have a wide and diverse range of stakeholder interests – multinational companies, SMEs, government bodies, individual consumers, legislators, etc.


What s the process for agreeing a uk position

What’s the process for agreeing a UK position?

  • Initial internal evaluation of the proposals and discussion with colleagues about what we think they mean/possible impact

    • Proposals presented in February 2013

  • Agreement of an initial UK position so that we have a ministerial mandate for negotiations

    • April/May 2013

  • Informal consultation throughout the process with government and non-government stakeholders

    • Ongoing

  • Formal consultation and response

    • Closed on 4th September; response expected by the end of this year

  • Economic analysis of the proposals


  • What are the key issues from our perspective

    What are the key issues from our perspective?

    • Product Safety

      • Scope

      • Origin marking

      • Obligations on economic operators

      • System of traceability

    • Market Surveillance

      • Reporting and risk

      • Co-ordination of activities

      • Reference laboratories

    • Delegated and implementing acts


    What happens next

    What happens next?

    • Consultation response due 4 December 2013

    • Ongoing consultation with stakeholders

    • Discussions with EU Commission, Working Groups, MEPs etc.

    • We want to hear your views


    Contact details

    Contact details

    • Phil Earl, Head of Product Regulation

      [email protected]

    • Mark Begbie, Product Safety

      [email protected]

    • Caroline Lucas, Market Surveillance

      [email protected]


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