On June 29th, 2022, the European Commission published an updated version of the Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules.
The Blue Guide is a non-binding instrument first published in 2000. It has been subsequently updated twice, in 2014 and 2016. The 2022 revision is a substantial update and considers developments that have come up since 2016, for example related to the Market Surveillance Regulation (EU) 2019/1020. It also elaborates on specific features such as distance sales, making products available on the market subject to physical modifications or software updates and the assessment of conformity assessment bodies.
What does this mean to you?
The Blue Guide is considered one of the main reference documents explaining how to implement the legislation based on the New Approach, now covered by the New Legislative Framework (NLF). The Guide has the ambition of explaining the different elements of the NLF as well as of market surveillance. It is therefore a relevant document to consult when in need of a better understanding of EU product rules.
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