New Blue Guide published by the European Commission

In April of this year, the European Commission published ‘The “Blue Guide” on the implementation of EU product rules 2014’ (‘the New Blue Guide’). The New Blue Guide updates the ‘Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach’ (‘the Old Blue Guide’), published in 2000.

The New Blue Guide builds on the Old Blue Guide, as the Old Blue Guide required updating to cover new developments and to ensure a common understanding on the implementation of the so-called ‘new Legislative Framework’ (NLF).

The package of measures known as the NLF was adopted on 9 July 2008 and includes, among other things, measures to improve the functioning of the internal market and to strengthen and modernise the conditions for placing a wide range of industrial products on the Union market (such as the improvement of market surveillance rules, the quality of the conformity assessment of products, a clarification of the meaning of CE marking and the establishment of a common legal framework for industrial products)…

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