New EU legislation on Market Surveillance

Timeframe     

10/2019- 06/2021

Coordinator/ Submitting institution + WB6 Partners

Samir Bekto / Market Surveillance Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Market Surveillance Inspectorate, Albania, Administration for Inspection Affairs, Montenegro, Market Inspectorate, Kosovo, State Market Inspectorate, North Macedonia

Additional WB6 Market Surveillance Agencies, if interested

 

Need for transnational action

The acquisition and implementation of best practices in market surveillance

should be addressed transnationally because:

  • market surveillance authorities from WB6 countries have the same expectations and problems in the area of market surveillance.
  • it prevents economic operators from placing unsafe products from one country to another WB6 country.
  • the existing WB6 Unsafe Product Notification System needs to be improved. 

Objective

To provide capacity building / exchange knowledge on the safety requirements resulting from newest horizontal and vertical EU legislation: Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, Regulation (EU) 2019/515, Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

Project implementation

Market surveillance officers should acquire knowledge and good practice in order to be more familiar with the new EU legal framework in field of market surveillance (Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, Regulation (EU) 2019/515, Regulation (EU) 2016/425 PPE and Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC).

The knowledge transfer and capacity building in above mentioned 3 areas will be delivered in a tripartite approach: 1.) regional training activity, 2.) best practice from an EU member state, 3.) joint action in a selected field.

Expected impact

This SEE QI project will contribute to better cooperation between different market surveillance authorities in the region and can contribute to the harmonization of the market surveillance approach. Enhancing efforts to keep non-compliant products from being placed on the WB6 market should be achieved by strengthening market surveillance, intensifying controls and promoting closer cross-border cooperation among regional market surveillance authorities, including through cooperation with customs authorities.

This will ensure a uniform framework for market surveillance and will help to increase the confidence of consumers and other end users in products placed on the markets of the WB6 countries.