In the context of the ongoing preparatory study on the review of the space heater Ecodesign Regulation and as a strong supporter of market surveillance, EPEE shares in an Advisory Note its thoughts about existing different conformity assessment methods (self-declaration and third-party conformity assessment) related to Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 813/2013, highlighting the following key priorities:
- The importance of building on the new market surveillance regulation once it is formally adopted in order to improve market surveillance and product compliance, independent of the conformity assessment method chosen;
- Regarding third-party conformity assessment (TPCA), there is the need to define to which type of products it shall apply, and which conformity assessment modules shall be used, as well as the need for sufficient time for the market to adapt. A thorough impact assessment should be carried out in case this option is pursued.
- Progress in this area must emphasize the importance of improving cooperation and mutual trust between industry and market surveillance authorities and ensuring the same levels of market surveillance in each Member State of the European Union.