What is the Product Regulation?
The aim of the Product (Mutual Recognition) Regulation is to strengthen the functioning of the internal market by improving the free movement of goods in the EU market. It requires that all Member States provide information concerning their national technical rules for products and establishes the implementation of standard procedures in accordance with these rules.
Products that are not regulated at Community level (e.g. furniture, bicycles, ladders, precious metals, etc.) are subject to national rules which often restrict trade in the EU internal market and increase administrative costs for businesses. Manufacturers selling such non-harmonised products often have to prove that their product conforms to the national rules of the Member State where they want to sell it. The Regulation reinforces the principle of mutual recognition in the internal market and simplifies the conditions for companies to access the market, so businesses can more easily sell their goods in any of the Member States.
Competent authorities, in adhering to technical specifications and making a decision to use the market’s restrictive measures on products (e.g. prohibiting the sale of certain products in the national market), must justify that such a decision is necessary to safeguard the public interest, and that it is proportionate and non-discriminatory.
The Regulation is directly applicable in the 28 EU Member States as well as in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, which are European Economic Area (EEA) countries that also accepted this Regulation. The Product Contact Points established in the Member States must respond to any request to provide information about the national rules and procedures applicable to products within 15 working days of receiving the request. This service is free of charge.
The Product Contact Point (PCP) can be contacted to submit an enquiry to Product Contact Points in other countries.
Product Contact Points provide information on:
The Product Regulation
Product (Mutual Recognition) Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council came into force on 13 May 2009 and is directly applicable in all Member States.
Resolution No 835 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 22 July 2009 on Assurance of the Free Movement of Goods and the Exchange of Information on National Technical Measures establishes the authorities responsible for implementation of the Regulation as well as the procedure and terms for the submission of information.
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