Summary of: "Mutual recognition:
A combined review in certain sectors"
In fields that are not harmonised at Community level, the principle of mutual recognition means that a Member State may not, in principle, prohibit the sale on its territory of a product or service legally manufactured and/or placed on the market in another Member State, except on very strict conditions. Even though this principle is already well applied in the case of simple products, a great deal remains to be done where technically complex products or products that can cause safety and health problems are concerned, and in the field of services. This is the main conclusion reached in the second two-yearly Report recently published by the European Commission. This Report also points out that in certain sectors, harmonisation of the national rules will continue to be the most appropriate solution. Finally, the Commission intends to adopt a Communication describing the rights and obligations of the parties concerned in cases where the principle of mutual recognition applies.