While a few years back, the non-listing of standards was exceptional, such practices risk becoming the norm. Producers of home appliances like blenders, refrigerators, connected products and, what is most, medical devices today cannot fully refer to certain standards because as such they do not exist black on white. 

If only last May APPLiA Polska organised the first of its kind in Europe, Household Appliance Congress and announced the association’s rebranding from tip to toe, in 2019, the AGD Kongres has transformed into a forum looking straight toward the future of the industry. 

Better regulation, predictability, jobs and digitalisation. “Setting the scene for an industrial vision for 2030 and beyond” was the title of the event organised on 9th April by the coalition of 147 organisations dedicated to campaigning for an ambitious EU industrial strategy, Industry4Europe in which APPLiA takes part. 

With the trilogue negotiations on the omnibus starting this week, there is a great opportunity to update and create another set of legislation offering further protection to EU consumers. Read more what Paolo Falcioni said at the European Consumers Union’s event on strengthening the European Union for a more effective consumer protection.

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.

The co-signing associations represent manufacturers, software providers and sellers that are engaged in cross-border sales and committed to providing high-level quality of services and products to EU consumers.