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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Market surveillance ensures that non-food products on the EU market do not endanger European consumers and workers. It also ensures the protection of other public interests such as the environment, security and fairness in trade. It includes actions such as product withdrawals, recalls and the application of sanctions to stop the circulation of non-compliant products and/or bring them into compliance.

Why market surveillance is important

Market surveillance is crucial for the smooth functioning of the single market. It helps protect:

  • consumers and workers against unsafe products and general non-compliance
  • businesses from unfair competition by those who ignore the rules.

What the European Commission does

EU market surveillance legislation

EU market surveillance legislation provides

  • clear and uniform rules applying to non-food products and economic operators
  • requirements (infrastructure, organisation, legal powers, etc.) to ensure that market surveillance can cope with enforcing EU legislation
  • streamlined market surveillance procedures for controlling products within the EU and at its borders (import controls)
  • tools to coordinate activities carried out by national surveillance bodies across the EU (e.g. discussion forums, IT databases, and common market surveillance campaigns)

Guidance on tasks of economic operators under Article 4 of the new Market Surveillance Regulation

Under the new Market Surveillance Regulation (EU) 2019/1020, economic operators in the EU are obliged to share information and cooperate with market surveillance authorities. This guidance document explains the communication channels between economic operators and market surveillance authorities to ensure that sellers of certain categories of products have a designated representative established in the EU.

    EU support for market surveillance

    The Commission supports the development of a common understanding of market surveillance issues and cooperation among national authorities through actions such as