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  European Market Surveillance Programming Conference 10 - 11 March 2005, Brusselsslide

The conference took place on 10 - 11 March 2005 in Brussels. It was co-organised by the Directorates General "Health and Consumer Protection" and "Enterprise and Industry" of the European Commission, in co-ordination with EFTA.

The participants invited by the Commission were approx. 160 governmental experts from the EU/EEA Member States, including senior national officials responsible for policy on market surveillance (SOGS), from the four sectors listed below. For logistical reasons, only a limited number of representatives of other sectors were invited. The representatives from each sector from Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Turkey have been invited as observers.

As the objective of the conference was to discuss between market surveillance authorities the development of best practices, stakeholders such as industry and consumer associations only participated in the form of keynote addresses in the opening plenary session. Other speakers represented the Commission as well as the Member States. The discussions and working sessions focused on four main sectors mostly concerned with consumer products. These sectors were:

  • General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)
  • Toys
  • Cosmetics
  • Low voltage directive (LVD)
The main objective of the event was to provide an opportunity to exchange information and discuss possible improvements of the market surveillance activities with a specific focus on the cross-sector cooperation in the above-mentioned sectors.

The conference was structured into two plenary sessions, with four parallel sectoral working sessions in between. The workshops were specifically aimed at offering an opportunity for a constructive brainstorming. The conclusions of the workshops were presented by appointed rapporteurs during the closing session. The reports will be published on this webiste soon. More details about the Conference are provided in the programme.

For speakers' presentations, please click on the following links.



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