The 98/34 Procedure: a tool at your service
Pursuant to Directive 98/34/EC, as amended by Directive 98/48/EC, Member States are obliged to notify to the Commission draft national technical regulations relating to all products, and draft national regulations specifically concerning information society services.
In principle, notified drafts are translated into all Community languages. They are then available to you on the Europa site, via the TRIS database (Technical Regulations Information System).
The TRIS system can be accessed free of charge, with no further formalities, and is updated daily. It allows you to browse the legislative initiatives of the Member States likely to be of interest to you or likely to have repercussions for your activities. In order to aid your search, notified drafts are classed in specific categories and sub-categories, depending on their aim and the area of activity concerned.
In this case, do not hesitate to issue your opinion or make your grievances known to the Commission or the competent offices in your Member State. Your reaction may be decisive. The 98/34 procedure is transparent and allows the Commission and all Member States to react, on an equal footing, to notified drafts. The aim is to ensure that these texts are brought into conformity with the regulations of the Internal Market.
As from today you can use our automatic alert system, by subscribing to one or more notification categories. TRIS will automatically notify you via e-mail as soon as a new notified text is received in the category/ies you selected.