trade continues growing and value creation chain networks extend all over the
globe. European consumers benefit from an increasingly wide selection of
products, but at the same time they have to be able to trust that these
products are safe. This is why, more than ever, the EU needs well-organised, coordinated
and suitably effective market surveillance in order to identify nonconforming
and often unsafe products as early as possible.
Market surveillance must
encompass a consistent EU-wide application of the EU harmonisation legislation
in order to create conditions for fair competition between the different market
players. The aim of market surveillance is therefore to achieve smooth
functioning and competitiveness within the internal market whilst at the same
time protecting the health and safety of European citizens.
CEOC International Position Paper on effective market surveillance for Europe
can be downloaded here.