CEOC International organised its 2009 opening conference on the New Legislative Framework for Goods at the Résidence Palace/ International Press Centre in Brussels on 17 February. Spot light was turned on the major challenges accompanying the NLF on its way towards implementation by 01 January 2010.
Ghyslaine GUISOLPHE, Director at DG Enterprise and Industry, Directorate C, said in her speech: “the NLF gives economic operators a clear and consistent legal framework whilst guaranteeing a proper level of safety”. She concluded by saying that “third party testing plays a central role in safety matters. The contribution of conformity assessment bodies is therefore essential for a successful implementation of the NLF.”
Graham TALBOT, Vice President of EA (European Co-operation for Accreditation) outlined, a.o., the future challenges for EU. In this connection he mentioned the importance of having a consistent approach for the assessment of Notified Bodies.
The role of standardization in improving safety in Europe was explained by Hoang LIAUW from CEN (European Committee for Standardization). He made clear that standards represent the basis of a safe Europe and that their application needs to be monitored.
“Keep It Simple and Stupid!” Adrian HARRIS from Orgalime (European Engineering Industries Association) brought it to the point saying that “Rules that are simple to understand and to apply are better followed (and …) Rules that are simple to apply are easier to enforce and are usually better enforced”.
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