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2 NEWS BYTES Market Surveillance Market Surveillance is a key element of a fair and efficient EU internal market: - It should ensure that products placed on the community market comply with EU regulations and do not pose any safety and environmental threats for users and the public at large - It should ensure a level playing field/fair competition on the market - It should safeguard the coherence of the European regulatory framework, the consistency of which depends on effective enforcement However, whereas consumer goods benefit from well organised and efficient market surveillance, capital goods (pumps) suffer from a certain lack of focus - market surveillance tends to be more reactive (eg. Following an accident) than preventative. For such reasons the following are considered by Orgalime (the pan European Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) to be the key elements of an effective market surveillance strategy that can safeguard the competitiveness and interests of such as the pump sector; 1. Allocation of sufficient resources (both financial and staff) to market surveillance authorities so they can actively control compliance of machinery entering the European market. 2. The setting up of a common Commission- Member States co-operation platform under Regulation 765/2008/EC, with an industry advisory forum for preparing Europe wide targeted campaigns focusing on certain products or product categories with a view to achieving maximum effectiveness with limited resources. The decision on the areas to be selected would be made after consultation with stakeholders, including the industry affected by noncompliant products. 3. A better coordination of market surveillance and harmonisation of enforcement practices (e.g. a common approach to risk assessment) with colleagues in other EU Member States: it is of the utmost importance to enhance mutual confidence, avoid double checks and maximise the use of human resources for multiple and intelligent market surveillance activities. 4. The establishment of close relations between market surveillance and custom authorities: all customs officials should receive training to help them identify potentially non-compliant products (e.g. by making use of the manufacturer’s declaration of conformity, as requested for all harmonised products. 5. The implementation of actions as early as possible in the supply chain: the earlier the products are checked in the supply chain, the less damage they cause on the market if they are not compliant. This should apply first of all to imported goods. 6. Setting up an agreement between the EU Member States to meet a set of essential requirements for efficient Europe wide market surveillance. This requires deterrent sanctions against rogue traders (e.g. fines, destruction of non compliant goods at the responsible market operator’s expenses). Sanctions should be considered also against conformity assessment bodies (e.g. economic or related to accreditation), if necessary. 7. The Commission to finance , e.g. within the framework of the European Structural funds, assistance to Member States whose geographic or economic conditions place them in a weaker position to fight against illegal trade and unlawful imports from abroad. This is especially true for countries with maritime ports, where 90% of the goods imported into the EU transit every day. 8. Cooperation with colleagues outside the European Union: close cooperation between all authorities involved in customs controls and market surveillance from the main EU trade partners, and in particular EU neighbours, is necessary to ensure that most imported machines are compliant. 9. Internal coordination at national level across the various authorities involved in the enforcement of different legal requirements (health and safety, environment, energy efficiency...) because machinery often has to comply with various types of regulatory requirements. 10. Increased awareness among market operators about the working methods and actions through a European awareness campaign (including awareness about the obligations related to the affixing of the CE marking and about sanctions in case of non-compliance), Economic players should be encouraged to inform authorities about non-compliance. With the above in mind BPMA met with the National Measurements Office (NMO) in October. The NMO are the UK Market Surveillance authority in respect of products in scope of the Energy Related Products Directive (Circulators and Water Pumps effective from January 2013) BPMA wished to raise concerns with the NMO about blatant nonconforming Circulators being placed on the UK Market. Our concerns were duly acknowledged and BPMA will work with the NMO over the coming months to address the situation. Europump to visit Scotland in 2014 for its Annual Meeting The British Pump Manufacturers Association, host of next year’s Europump Annual Meeting, has recently announced the launch of its dedicated website - http://europump2014.com Providing full details on the event, which is being staged at the luxurious Fairmont St Andrews Resort in Scotland from 22-24 May, the website offers a ‘one stop shop’ for all those pump executives looking to attend this important industry event. A comprehensive programme of meetings, workshops and presentations has been configured to allow all matters pertinent to European and American pump companies to be addressed. Topics such as directives, standards, market reports and other business initiatives, along with the latest appraisals on energy efficiency across the sector will be covered. Full details on the venue, the programme, the pricing and the registration procedure can be found within this online provision. Further information regarding the event, including specific details on the associated ‘National’ and ‘Gala Evenings’, will uploaded over the coming weeks. Next to the many meetings and workshops, an extensive ‘partner programme’ has been produced, including award winning afternoon tea overlooking the Old Course at St Andrews, a trip to The Hill of Tarvit, one of Scotland’s finest Edwardian mansion houses, lunch at the world famous Sea Food Restaurant, a cocktail master class and a fantastic Falconry Display. Additionally, following the General Assembly there will be the opportunity to participate in a golf competition, sponsored by WEG Electric Motors and hosted on one of the hotel’s championship courses. Please ensure you book your place(s) early, as onsite accommodation cannot be guaranteed for any reservations received after 31st March. For further information, contact: Andrew Castle - Touchwave Media, andrew@touchwavemedia.co.uk, T: 07785 290034, www.europump2014.com  Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOP) As reported in our last edition, ESOP is the UK Government’s response to the implementation of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive - which mandates Energy Audits on large enterprises (ie. Non SME’s) by 5 December 2015 and thereafter every four years. Furthermore SME’s are to be encouraged on a voluntary basis to similarly conduct audits. Accordingly, BPMA, in consultation with its members, submitted its response to the ESOP consultation in October - essentially promoting the BPMA Certified Pump Auditor (CPSA) Scheme - bearing in mind pumps are the single largest user of electricity in industrial and commercial applications. BPMA believes adoption of CPSA principles can achieve in excess of 6TWh annual savings - equivalent to nearly a million tonnes of carbon.  2014 EUROPUMP


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