European Directives


Practitioners must understand the position of the UK with regard to the free movement of goods across EU borders, what is meant by New Approach Directives, and which products require CE marking. They must also understand the concept of market surveillance through EU Regulation 765/2008.

Core Learning Resources

 European Commission Product Directives

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), 2016

 Mutual Recognition Regulation across the EEA

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), 2012

 New Legislative Framework:

General market surveillance programme for the UK December 2012-2013

BEIS, 2010

 New Legislative Framework for EU Community Harmonisation for Products

BIS (Archived)

 Single Market for Goods:

European Commission (EC)

Harmonised Standards


 Guide to the Implementation of Directives Based on the New Approach and the Global Approach


The 'Blue Guide' on the implementation of EU product rules 2016

 CE Marking


Further Reading

 Conformity Assessment and Accreditation Policy in the UK

BEIS, 2017

 HSE's Role as a Market Surveillance Authority

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

 Surveillance and Enforcement

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) (Archived)

 Enforcement and Research Activities

Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA)

 Market Surveillance Projects

National Measurement & Regulation Office (NMRO), 2013

 Best Practice Techniques in Market Surveillance

Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe (Prosafe) 2013

Other Information


Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe for market surveillance authorities

 Mutual Recognition Regulation Across the EEA

BIS, 2012

 CE Marking

BEIS, 2012