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The Market Surveillance Observatory

UNE launches the Market Surveillance Observatory to promote greater public-private collaboration.

15/12/2020

  • Its objective is to raise awareness on the importance of strengthening public-private collaboration between Administrations and companies within the framework of the new European legislation, so that it can improve the efficiency of market surveillance from 2021.
  • Compliance with technical standards provides credibility in the markets, boosts industrial activity and provides a guarantee to consumers.
     
  • The activities of the Observatory cover all economic sectors, with a horizontal approach (e.g., e-commerce and waste), and three sectors with a vertical focus: products for children (toys, childcare products and children's clothing); household consumer products (textiles, detergents, paints, furniture and cosmetics); and industrial products for professionals (electrical equipment, lighting, electrotechnical and construction).
     
  • The UNE Observatory already includes more than 30 Spanish business organisations and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs; the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition. Public-private collaboration is another tool to more effectively incentivise and foster compliance of economic operators and products in market surveillance activities. 

15 December 2020. The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, has launched the Market Surveillance Observatory (OVM) with the primary aim of strengthening public-private partnerships between governments and private enterprise. It also contributes to compliance with technical standards as it provides market credibility, boosts industrial activity and is a guarantee for consumers.

Además, el Observatorio de UNE está dirigido a facilitar a las organizaciones el cumplimiento del nuevo Reglamento Europeo (UE) 2019/1020 de Vigilancia de Mercado y Conformidad de Productos, que entrará en vigor en nuestro país progresivamente durante el próximo 2021. Como aspecto novedoso, se crea un marco de cooperación de las Autoridades de Vigilancia del Mercado con organizaciones que representan an operadores económicos, como así queda explicitado en el artículo 9 relativo a las actividades conjuntas de vigilancia de mercado.

The new European legislation strengthens the surveillance of the market for products subject to harmonised legislation in order to improve the functioning of the internal market. The initiative falls under the competence of governments and local authorities, which the new community regulation aims to strengthen, enhancing mechanisms for public-private collaboration.

The Spanish standardisation body is itself a successful example of a public-private partnership, made up of 140 relevant national sector associations, many of the country's elite companies and various governments and local authorities. UNE comprises over 500 members representing practically the whole of Spain's industrial network.

The UNE Observatory already includes more than 30 Spanish business organisations and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs; the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. It is integrated into UNE as a new Advisory Committee under the Board of Directors. Associations play a key role in supporting companies both in disseminating legal obligations and in managing them, thus contributing to corporate social responsibility actions in organisations.

Furthermore, this Observatory aims to contribute to raising awareness on the importance of the Public Administrations providing more resources to the market surveillance function. This surveillance, effectively implemented by public administrations with the collaboration of the private sector, can be a powerful lever to achieve a high level of protection, as well as to encourage fairer competition.

The UNE Observatory, which is aimed at governments and local authorities, distribution (including online platforms) and consumers, seeks to bring together the interests of all parties under a joint framework and to become an ideal platform for dialogue, debate and agreements.

The UNE Market Surveillance Observatory, working in line with the requirements established in the guide to the implementation of Article 9 prepared by the European Commission, aims to address the development of reference documents that serve as a basis for these actions to meet the necessary requirements of objectivity, independence and impartiality.

The Market Surveillance covers all economic sectors, with a horizontal approach (e.g., e-commerce and waste), and three sectors with a vertical focus:

  • Products for children. Its scope covers products aimed at children (toys, fashion, childcare, school materials, accessories, leisure and sport).
  • Non-industrial household consumer products. These are other products that can be purchased by consumers for non-professional use (textiles, detergents, paints, inks, cosmetics, furniture, etc.).
     
  • Industrial products for professional use. It covers electrical and construction products (electrical, lighting, electrotechnical and general building materials).