In a communication dated 30 July 2014, the European Commission (EC) sets the annual Union work program for European standardization (UWP) for the year 2015. The EC intends in particular to develop new standards relating to construction products and methods of analysis of pollutants in water, as well as to identify, refine and update existing standards for equipment containing fluorinated gases.
The development of standards is the responsibility of European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs), to which the EC submits standardization requests (mandates).
Thus, for the year 2015, the EC intends to intervene in various fields:
– Bioenergy obtained from bio products such as algae;
– Eco-design: especially ventilation or heating;
– Methods for monitoring industrial emissions in air and water: particularly the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
In addition, the UWP for 2015 incorporates some targets of the UWP for 2014 which were not successfully achieved. Thus, for example as regards waste recycling, the EC intends to encourage the development of standards for levels of quality for recycled materials and to develop sustainability and toxicity standards for recycled organic waste. Similarly, for chemicals, ESOs will have to develop analytical methods to determine the presence of lead in consumer products, as it had already planned for 2014.
As a reminder, the answer of the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services to a parliamentary question concerning the obligation to place the CE marking on fabricated metal products was published in the OJEU C 326 of 19 September 2014. The Commissioner stated in his answer that, according to Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products, the manufacturer must draw up a declaration of performance and affix the CE marking when placing on the market (even if in only one Member State) a product covered by a harmonised Standard or for which a European Technical Assessment has been issued.
- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee, “The annual Union work programme for European standardisation for 2015”, COM(2014) 500 final, 30 July 2014