In the improvement of standards more heads think better than one

When looking at a way to tackle non-compliant products on the market, the home appliance industry believes that market surveillance must be based on measurable, repeatable and affordable standards. Working together on improving standards EN 60335-2-9 and EN 60335-2-14 is crucial.

APPLiA, representing the home appliance industry in Europe, has been a long-standing advocate of market surveillance. The reason for this is that the physical testing of actual products is the only way to assess compliance of products and ensure a fairly functioning Single Market.

It has now been several months since a number of blenders, mixers and toasters have shown to be non-compliant with the existing standard. There is no doubt - such products must be kept out of the market.

When looking at the way forward to tackle the issue of non-compliant products on the market, however, the home appliance industry believes that market surveillance must be based on measurable, repeatable and affordable standards, such as EN 60335-2-9 and EN 60335-2-14. These standards are meant to reflect the best state-of-the-art knowledge.

Should any of the standard requires improvement, APPLiA would invite Market Surveillance Authorities and other organisations, such as NGOs and consumer representatives to collaborate with all parties, working on a better version of the above mentioned standard on European and global level.

As an example, APPLiA organised a series workshops to explore ways to improve the current vacuum cleaner, washing machine, refrigerator testing methodology. This approach has brought together all relevant stakeholders, such as EU policy makers, national market surveillance authorities, NGOs, consumer organisations to discuss the topic and see how progress could be made. The output of those workshops has been used in furthering the work at standardisation level.

Bringing together all interested stakeholders is important. It is a good example of the way in which APPLiA believes such a topic should be handled. Through information sharing and a positive sense of cooperation, inclusiveness, openness and transparency are secured on a complex technical topic.