On 28 October 2015 the European Commission presented its plan to upgrade the EU Single Market. The communication includes a number of initiatives to ensure the compliance of the products available on the European market with EU rules, and improve the implementation of safety standards.
ESA welcomes the publication of the communication as it puts the EU on course to take important steps for the protection and safety of European consumers.
“We need a functioning single market. Harmonised EU rules for goods will send the right signals to the industry while ensuring the highest possible level of safety for European consumers“, said Christina Lorenz, ESA President.
ESA is pleased that the EC acknowledges the limits of current compliance checks carried out in the EU and wants to encourage joint action by market surveillance authorities from Member States. The ESA already cooperates with EU policy-makers to promote fast adoption and implementation of safety standards on sunbeds, including via Joint Market Surveillance action, and will continue to do so.
“Standards on product safety should be market–driven and implemented in a timely manner in all Member States. As the industry has already taken a number of initiatives to increase the quality and safety of tanning services and devices, we welcome this additional support for better enforcement of existing rules and standards“, said Frank Harbusch, Secretary General of the European Sunlight Association.
ESA also welcomes the ambition to modernise the EU’s standards system and move towards the development of service standards. The ESA has already taken important steps in this direction and is carrying out a pilot project to implement a new European Standard on training and service provision developed in cooperation with CENELEC (one of the main European standardisation bodies). We stand ready to share our experience and the lessons we‘ve learned with EU policy-makers.
Please find the Commission’s communication here.
You can download the press release here.