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Guide on the implementation of EU product rules 2014...

The standard work on the interpretation of EC directives is new published:
The ‘Blue Guide’ on the implementation of EU product rules 2014


The Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach (the “Blue Guide”) was published in 2000. Since then, it has become one of the main reference documents explaining how to implement the legislation based on the New Approach, now covered by the New Legislative Framework.


Much of the 2000 edition of the “Blue Guide” is still valid but it requires updating to cover new developments and to ensure the broadest possible common understanding on implementation of the New Legislative Framework (NLF) for the marketing of products. It is also necessary to take account of the changes introduced by the Lisbon Treaty (in force since 1st December 2009) with regard to the legal references and terminology applicable to EU-related documents, procedures, etc.


This new version of the Guide will therefore build on the past edition, but include new chapters, for example on the obligations of economic operators or accreditation, or completely revised chapters such as those on standardisation or market surveillance.


The Guide does not cover:

  • The Directive on General Product Safety. The Commission has provided specific guidance on the practical application of the GPSD.
  • The Union legislation on motor vehicles, construction products, REACH, and chemicals