AMDEA is committed to working with its members to ensure thatproposed Government regulation relating to the appliances industry is proportionate and effective.
Product legislation is typically set at EU level and then transposed into UK law. AMDEA focuses on legislation related to safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and environmental protection. Of these, the laws to protect the environment cover energy consumption, chemical use and end of life arrangements.
Standards cover all aspects of modern day life, but AMDEA focuses on those supporting European legislative requirements, such as safety, EMC, environment and performance.
AMDEA is also active in discussions on market surveillance policy and enforcement. Each EU Member State is responsible for these in its own territory. AMDEA maintains strong links with the relevant UK Government Departments who have both legal and civil measures at their disposal.
Changes to the EU legislative framework
In 2008, three important measures were agreed that affect requirements relating to CE marking directives; market surveillance; and accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. As a result ten directives were due to be revised, the most important for our sector being the Low Voltage Directive (covering safety) and the EMC Directive (electro-magnetic compatibility).