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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

New legislative framework

To improve the internal market for goods and strengthen the conditions for placing a wide range of products on the EU market, the new legislative framework was adopted in 2008. It is a package of measures that aim to improve market surveillance and boost the quality of conformity assessments. It also clarifies the use of CE marking and creates a toolbox of measures for use in product legislation.

What does the new legislative framework provide?

The package reinforces the application and enforcement of internal market legislation. It:

  • improves market surveillance rules to better protect both consumers and professionals from unsafe products, including those imported from outside the EU. In particular, this applies to procedures for products which can pose danger to health or the environment;
  • sets clear and transparent rules for the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies;
  • boosts the quality of and confidence in the conformity assessment of products through stronger and clearer rules on the requirements for the notification of conformity assessment bodies;
  • clarifies the meaning of CE marking and enhances its credibility;
  • establishes a common legal framework for industrial products in the form of a toolbox of measures for use in future legislation. This includes definitions of terms commonly used in product legislation, and procedures to allow future sectorial legislation to become more consistent and easier to implement.

The new legislative framework consists of

  • Regulation (EC) 765/2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and the market surveillance of products
  • Decision 768/2008 on a common framework for the marketing of products, which includes reference provisions to be incorporated whenever product legislation is revised. In effect, it is a template for future product harmonisation legislation
  • Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products


The European Commission has launched an evaluation of the New Legislative Framework, with the exception of market surveillance. The evaluation will consider how far the New Legislative Framework has been able to accommodate recent market trends and developments overall, such as frequent changes to products after they have been placed on the market (e.g. due to software updates and upgrades; AI and machine learning; refurbishment and remanufacturing). Following the closure of the public consultation, a concise factual summary report on the input received from stakeholders will be published within eight weeks on the web portal.

Alignment of product legislation

A main objective of the Commission is to bring product harmonisation legislation in line with the reference provisions of Decision 768/2008/EC. The following directives and regulations were aligned with, or based on, these reference provisions:

  1. Toy Safety - Directive 2009/48/EU
  2. Transportable pressure equipment - Directive 2010/35/EU
  3. Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment - Directive 2011/65/EU
  4. Construction products - Regulation (EU) No 305/2011
  5. Pyrotechnic Articles - Directive 2013/29/EU
  6. Recreational craft and personal watercraft - Directive 2013/53/EU
  7. Civil Explosives - Directive 2014/28/EU
  8. Simple Pressure Vessels - Directive 2014/29/EU
  9. Electromagnetic Compatibility - Directive 2014/30/EU
  10. Non-automatic Weighing Instruments - Directive 2014/31/EU
  11. Measuring Instruments - Directive 2014/32/EU
  12. Lifts - Directive 2014/33/EU
  13. ATEX - Directive 2014/34/EU
  14. Radio equipment - Directive 2014/53/EU
  15. Low Voltage - Directive 2014/35/EU
  16. Pressure equipment - Directive 2014/68/EU
  17. Marine Equipment - Directive 2014/90/EU
  18. Cableway installations - Regulation (EU) 2016/424
  19. Personal protective equipment - Regulation (EU) 2016/425
  20. Gas appliances - Regulation (EU) 2016/426
  21. Medical devices - Regulation (EU) 2017/745
  22. In vitro diagnostic medical devices - Regulation (EU) 2017/746
  23. EU fertilising products – Regulation (EU) 2019/1009