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Machinery Directive: Merger has no Advantages

21.10.2013 - As part of the European Commission’s efforts to create better regulation, DG Enterprise commissioned a study on the potential merger of the Machine Directive and the Outdoor Noise Directive. An interim report has now been published, which does not reveal any solid evidence for or against the merger of the legislative acts. In EUnited Valve’s view it also does not deliver information on any potential monetary advantage for producers. On the contrary, many aspects lack a direct link with the question at hand.

EUnited Valves welcomes the efforts of the European Commission to promote the simplification and clarification of European legislation. However, in this particular case, consideration must be given to the fact that the legislative acts in question are based on two different approaches to law-making, namely the “old approach” and the “new approach”. That is why EUnited Valves supports a thorough study as to the added value of the merger.

Study to Evaluate Ecodesign Directive – Again!

11.06.2013 - Are the implementing measures adopted in the framework of the Ecodesign Directive effective? Is the complementary standardisation process functioning? Should the scope be applicable beyond energy-related products? Must means of transport be included? An evaluation study recently commissioned by the European Commission is to find answers to these questions in order to prepare the directive's review. Only in December 2012, a study by the Directorate-General (DG) for Enterprise and Industry concluded that an extension of the scope was not needed. Nevertheless, the DG for Energy is now reviewing this result. This evaluation will be implemented as part of a comprehensive evaluation of the directive on energy consumption labelling for products, which could lead to the conclusion that the directive's revisions are taking the form of a legislative package. Widening the scope would inevitably have to be complemented by a new concept for process management as already, today, scarce resources delay the implementation of working plans.

EUnited Valves requests a review of the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive. So far, limit values and rigid requirements are set for each product group. The approach is not tailored to the needs of complex capital goods, which are not mass produced. Taking the Machinery Directive as a reference would be a suitable regulatory approach. It sets out general requirements which are specified by harmonised standards.

The review of the directive on energy consumption labelling for products is mandatory before the end of 2014. Similarly, extending the scope to non-energy-related products will be assessed. Furthermore, it will be discussed whether the layout should be changed and if the performance of the using phase should be extended to include the assessment of detrimental impacts on the environment in the course of the full life cycle. This could mean adding resource-efficiency footprints to the label. The European Commission presented its own methodology for the calculation of environmental and organisational footprints in April this year.

Guideline on Safety Integrity Level (SIL)

Guideline on Safety Integrity Level (SIL)The present guideline describes the application and implementation criteria which the valves industry considers relevant and may have to be taken into account. It is supposed to help prevent unnecessary discussions within all interested parties. [download]

Guideline on ATEX

This manual is intended to provide a basis for more certainty with regard to the ATEX Directive. Besides giving a condensed description of the areas which it covers and an explanation of important key terms, the paper also illustrates examples in order to summarise the concrete relevance of the Directive for valves. [download]
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