In December 2017, the EU Commission has released its proposal on the Mutual Recognition Regulation. This proposal should replace the current text from 2008.
The Commission aims with this initiative to improve two aspects of the free flow of goods in the EU:
- Making it easier to sell a product in another Member State and
- Strengthen controls by national authorities to ensure that products are safe and comply with the rules
Starting December 20th, 2018, a public consultation on "More and better mutual recognition for the single market for goods (revision Regulation (EC)764/2008) (Goods package)" as part of the review process is ending today.
The European Drinking Water Industry alliance submitted its views welcoming the Commission proposal to make mutual recognition more effective, while warning that mutual recognition will not harmonise requirements on materials and products in contact with drinking water.
Therefore, EDW strongly believes that the development of specific legally binding measures, such as a new regulation, would be the most effective way to harmonise hygienic rules for all materials and products in contact with drinking water. Such harmonisation would both safeguard equal drinking water quality for the consumers across Europe and improve the competitiveness and innovation capability of the European industry.
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