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Number 97 – August 2008

Horizontal issues | Child safety | Design for All | Domestic Appliances & Design for All | Domestic appliances | Environment | Information Society & Design for All | Information society | Services | Traffic safety | News from other organisationsNew ANEC representatives | Miscellaneous

ANEC/EDF position on web and eAccessibility

ANEC logoEDF logoIn order to contribute to the European public consultation on the actions Member States should take in order to improve the accessibility of people with disabilities to the information and communication technologies, ANEC and EDF decided to join forces and submit a common position in July 2008.

ANEC and EDF call on the European Commission to propose a Directive on web accessibility and a horizontal Directive on eAccessibility. We provide details on the scope of the acts and the role of standards in complementing legislation.

Non-binding instruments have already been used (Council Resolutions and Ministerial Declaration) and, as we have seen in the example of the “Riga dashboard”, the objectives on web accessibility may not be achieved. ANEC and EDF request a reinforcement of legal web accessibility provisions, and the adoption of binding legislation, in view of the evidence that consumers with disabilities face several barriers to using the Internet.

Although we agree that new or existing sector-specific legislation on eAccessibility should be proposed, or implemented, whenever justified, we believe that a general eAccessibility Directive should address the areas not covered by specific legislation. Such a Directive should also ensure that eAccessibility is not forgotten amidst rapid technological developments such as Voice over IP or Mobile TV.

The public consultation is part of the Impact Assessment process that will lead the Commission to decide whether or not to adopt legislation.

The joint ANEC/EDF position is available at:

http://www.anec.eu/attachments/ANEC-DFA-2008-G-030final.pdf  

Horizontal Issues

ANEC speaks on market surveillance at the EMARS Workshop. . .

ANEC made a presentation on consumer expectations for market surveillance at the EMARS (Enhancing Market Surveillance through Best Practice) Strategy Workshop, held on 11 July 2008 in Paris.

EMARS is a project on achieving more effective and coordinated market surveillance, funded by the European Commission, EFTA and several national governments. It is set to run from 2006 through to the end of 2008 and involves a consortium of fifteen European countries, coordinated by Prosafe.

The strategy workshop, organised by the French Ministry of Economy, Industry and Labour, was an opportunity for interested stakeholders to express their views on the strategy for the further enhancement of market surveillance after 2008.

ANEC Programme Manager Chiara Giovannini reminded the workshop participants that consumers expect all products on the market to be safe, irrespective of their origin. Moreover, consumers expect manufactures to be responsible for the safety of the products placed on the market, for technical standards to set the criteria for a high degree of safety and for public authorities to ensure market surveillance. As to the role of the consumer association, ANEC noted the importance of organised and effective consumer participation in standardisation in enhancing product safety. However, standards need to be supported by testing and market surveillance.

Bearing in mind the conclusions of the stocktaking exercise conducted on the EU product safety regulatory framework following the ‘summer of recalls’, panellists were asked whether a national focus for market surveillance is sustainable in the long term or if there is scope for a European Product Safety Agency. ANEC said that managing and inspecting a global supply chain where components of a product coming from one part of the world, assembled in another part of the world, and finally sold in the Internal Market, was challenging the principles of subsidiary and proportionality. Whatever the status of the mechanism (an agency or reinforced cooperation), ANEC concluded that it needed to be effective and be able to act quickly in order to ensure unsafe products are removed from the market.


. . . and at the CEN and CENELEC ‘Open Session’

Stephen RussellEurope can have the best legislation and Europe can have the best standards, but without enforcement, both become worthless. Market surveillance is too important to be left to national governments to fund and manage. It is too important to be left to subsidiaries. This is why ANEC calls on the European Institutions to create an agency to ensure an effective pan-European system of enforcement.”

These were the closing words from ANEC Secretary-General Stephen Russell during his intervention in a panel discussion on market surveillance. The discussion formed part of the ‘Open Session’ of this year’s CEN and CENELEC Annual Meetings held in Bucharest during the last week of June.
Apart from ANEC, interventions were made by representatives from CEN/CENELEC, Orgalime, Prosafe, the European Commission, UNECE and by the Romanian MEP, Gabriela Cretu.

In a separate part of the meeting, Fabio Gargantini, Convenor of CENELEC/TC 61 WG 4, spoke about the revision of the EN 60335-2 standards for household electrical appliances in order to remove the ‘exclusion clause’ discriminating against the use of such appliances by young, elderly and disabled people. He stressed the need for an Order Voucher from the European Commission to assist the task of revision which is expected to continue into 2012. ANEC Secretary-General Stephen Russell noted that ANEC is committing more than 100.000€ over 3 years to support the work. In closing the session, CENELEC President, Dietmar Harting, committed CENELEC to explore the possibilities for further funding with the European Commission.


ANEC/BEUC position on Commission Impact Assessment Guidelines

In July 2008, ANEC and BEUC jointly replied to the public consultation on the European Commission Impact Assessment Guidelines, used by the Commission Services in order to assess the impact of new political or legislative proposals. Since 2003, the Commission has used this tool in the framework of its policy on Better Regulation in the European Union.

ANEC and BEUC think such an analysis could be a very useful tool for analysing and integrating consumer interests into other Community policies but this is dependent upon the appropriate questions being asked and the right methodology applied. Integration of consumer policy into other Community policies has not been pursued in a systematic and regular way so far. The Impact Assessment could be used to make a positive contribution in order to balance business and consumer interests.

We do not believe the present guidelines sufficiently address the obvious problem of measuring what is very difficult to measure, for example non-economic impacts such as impacts on health, safety or consumer rights, such as the right to information. Because of the horizontal and diffuse nature of consumer interests, ANEC and BEUC suggested that guidance on how to assess consumer impact should be developed, and introduced more systematically.

ANEC and BEUC added that the Commission should live up to its own consultation standards by making all relevant documents, to which the draft guidelines refer, publicly accessible. In the consultation document, the Commission refers to several key documents, but these documents are not available to the public.

Finally, we agree with the Commission that an Impact Assessment is helpful for decision-making, but is no substitute for political judgment. However, we caution that the results of an impact assessment should not be “accepted” only when politically suitable.


ANEC attends BSI Consumer and Public Interest (CPI) meeting

ANEC Programme Manager Nina Klemola and Assistant Orla Kelly attended the BSI CPI members’ meeting in London on 24 July 2008. The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of standardisation and provide information on the standards development process.

Speakers from the new BSI CPI Disability Expert Reference Group shed new light on the need for standards by bringing to the forefront the perspective of people with disabilities. Several people spoke about their experiences of dealing with a disability, and how standards could make their lives easier. This discussion was followed by three presentations on Energy Labelling.

The first presentation covered the various energy-related standards which are being developed. Nina Klemola then presented ANEC’s views on the on-going revision of the EU Energy Labelling scheme. She emphasised the need to retain the present colour-coded A-G label due to its simplicity and recognition by consumers.

The afternoon was devoted to a brainstorming session in order to generate ideas on the topics that need to be addressed by standards. Participants joined different focus groups where the themes were Vulnerability, Environment and Security. The issues covered in these brainstorming sessions varied widely from access points for people with disabilities to internet filtering. BSI will take the reports of the focus groups into account in preparing its future work programmes.


Meet the ANEC General Assembly

This section brings national members from ANEC’s General Assembly into the spotlight

Dermott Jewell, Chief Executive of Consumers’ Association of Ireland

Dermott Jewell

Q: Please describe consumer participation in standardisation in Ireland.
Apart from our own contributors to the ANEC Environment, Traffic Safety and Child Safety groups, the interaction in standardisation in Ireland comes through and with our National Standards Authority (NSAI). The Consumers’ Association of Ireland (CAI) has a very positive working relationship with the NSAI and contributes to the work of a number of the Consultative and Advisory Committees that they facilitate. However, it continues to be the case that limitation of resources, both human and financial, place limitations on the level of contribution in all areas.

Q: What maintains your motivation as a consumer champion in standardisation?
I think, predominantly, it is having to continually watch the low level of priority that is attributed to the needs of the consumer, the lack of progress and the stifling of such much needed improvements under the guise of worthless ‘accreditation’ banners that keeps the blood boiling and maintains the motivation. To be honest, it is also the very positive counter-balance from ANEC that provides a light (energy-saving, of course) at the end of that long tunnel – and that is worth supporting.

Q: And finally, what is your favourite European standard and why?
I don’t have a favourite but I had high hopes for the cycle helmet standard when it was published. I do think the standard requires a re-visit because the popularity of cycling is again growing at a phenomenal rate, as people become more sensitive to fuel prices as well as environmental and health concerns. Given this, I believe the standard should be reviewed in order to ensure it offers the highest level of safety practicable.




Éva Vasas from the Hungarian Standards Institution

Éva VasasQ: Please describe consumer participation in standardisation in Hungary.
The Hungarian Standards Institution (MSZT) is the national standards body of the Republic of Hungary. As well as pursuing standardisation at the national level, MSZT represents Hungarian interests in the work of the international and European standards organisations (ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC, ETSI). MSZT comprises members drawn from social and public interest groups as well as the business interest.. Consumer organisations, professional institutes, chambers, companies, businesses, educational institutes, public agencies and other interested economic and social partners are all invited to take part in the work of the MSZT technical committees at national level. The inclusion of consumers’ interests is encouraged, among other things, by the MSZT membership system, the principles of standardisation, and the visibility and openness of the process.
A state institution, the National Authority for Consumer Protection (NFH), and a civil association, National Association for Consumer Protection in Hungary (OFE), are both members of MSZT. These organisations for consumer protection participate actively in standardisation and have experts in more than 20 technical committees for national standardisation.
The place and future role of the standardisation in civil consumer protection will be characterised by a positive change in the near future, because
- In the national education curriculum (basic/secondary/university education), consumer protection will appear as a set subject as will standardisation
- In the establishment of products and services including the legal frameworks, consumers will pariticipate as endusers/stakeholders,
- Graduates may obtain a diploma only if they have passed a foreign language exam accepted by a state authority. This requirement will help ensure Hungary can be well-represented in the process of the international and European standards organisations where English is the main working language.

Q: What maintains your motivation as a consumer champion in standardisation?
The service sector – and particularly the banking and financial institutions – is offering increasingly complex products and services to the consumer. My motivation comes from the belief that there is real need for consumer organisations to offer advice and information to consumers in order to help them make real and free choices. Our work should address the ’asymmetry’ that the business interest creates alone and provide a more level playing field for Hungarian consumers.

Q: And finally, what is your favourite European standard and why?
As I have just said, our consumer protection activity focuses on financial services. From the European financial service standards, I would choose the standard defining the APRC (Annual Percentage Rate Charge). It has led to a far better understanding among consumers of the true costs of mortgages and loans.
The APRC provides an overview of the costs of credit before the consumer enters a binding contract. And the standard offers real possibilities to consumers to make a comparison of different financial products at European and not simply national level. Although differences exist among the financial products presently offered by different countries, the standard offers a stepping-stone to European harmonisation. We trust consumers will benefit from the increased choice of products available, especially bearing in mind the faciliaition of cross-border trade and service provision that is now made possible by credit card transactions and the internet.

Child Safety

ANEC submits comments on revised draft standard for playpens

Playpen (Source: ANEC)The revised draft standard for children’s playpens was out in CEN for comments until 20 August. The draft was set up by a joint WG of CEN TC 252 ’Child care articles’ and CEN TC 207 ’Furniture’. ANEC participated in the work of this joint group and submitted comments on the draft.

As ANEC still encourages new or revised standards in the child safety field to take a hazard-based approach with rationales, we were pleased to reflect in our comments that the presentation of this revision makes the proposed standard easy to use as the hazards addressed are identified with additional explanation in the Informative Annex of the draft standard.

ANEC noted that serious accidents have occurred when additional products, such as a baby changing unit, have been used on the top of a playpen. Within the standard, these situations are not addressed. We therefore suggested including an additional paragraph in the scope of the standard requiring a hazard and risk-analysis to be carried out if additional products are designed to be attached to the playpen.

ANEC also highlighted in its comments that prEN12227 REVIEW does not cover the use of toys that could be attached to the side of the playpen. We believe there should be at least a warning about attaching toys to the side of a playpen as these toys could form a foothold making it easier for the child to climb out of the playpen.

Design for All

Standards and Access for All to be discussed on 29 October 2008 in Brussels

Participants, able to represent the needs of elderly and disabled persons, are invited to a meeting on the creation of a European working group dedicated to ‘Accessibility for All’. This working group intends to promote the needs of elderly and disabled people in standardisation.

This meeting is seen as a preparatory meeting for the work of joint CEN/CLC/BT/WG "CEN/CLC Guide 6 Implementation Mechanisms" (created by CEN and CENELEC in Spring 2008). The WG is tasked with developing a business plan as a preamble to defining the best approach for CEN and CENELEC technical bodies to follow in the implementation of the common Guide 6 “Guidelines for standards developers to address the needs of older persons and persons with disabilities" recommendations.

The creation of the joint CEN/CLC/BT/WG was decided after a joint ANEC and NEN presentation to the CEN Technical Board in October 2007. The presentation ended in a proposal to establish an improved mechanism, through which the CEN technical bodies can be provided with the expertise needed to comply with the commitment of CEN to address the requirements of older and disabled people. The first step is the creation of the joint CEN/CLC/BT/WG “Accessibility for All”, consisting of an advisory committee and a pool of experts, to help CEN and CENELEC technical bodies in the implementation of Guide 6.

The meeting will be held on 29 October 2008 at the Diamant Centre in Brussels. The meeting is scheduled from 10.00-14.30. Registrations should me made no later than 29 September 2008 to charlotte.mosies@nen.nl  

Domestic Appliances & Design for All

ANEC submits further proposals on the ‘exclusion clause’

In July and August 2008, ANEC made further proposals to CENELEC TC 61 WG4. WG4 deals with the revision of Parts 2 of EN 60335 in order to take into account the use of electrical household appliances by children, elderly people and people with disabilities. ANEC submitted proposals for the revision of EN60335-2-3 “Particular requirements for irons"; EN60335-2-6 “Particular requirements for stationary cooking ranges, hobs, ovens and similar appliances”; EN60335-2-9 “Particular requirements for toasters, etc"; EN60335-2-14 “Particular requirements for kitchen machines"; EN60335-2-25 “Particular requirements for microwave ovens” and EN60335-2-36, “Particular requirements for Commercial Cooking Ranges”. The proposals will be discussed at the September 2008 meeting of WG4 in Copenhagen. In addition, ANEC submitted tables with hazards, risks and requirements that are particular to children, elderly people and disabled people, but which may not have been covered by the safety requirements within the EN 60335 Parts 2 standards.

At the September 2008 meeting of WG4, finalisation of the revision of these particular Parts 2 standards is expected, as well as of EN 60335-2-2 (vacuum cleaners); EN 60335-2-7 (washing machines); EN 60335-2-23 (hairdryers) and EN 60335-2-52 (oral hygiene appliances), together with a consideration of requirements for Part 1 of the standard. ANEC commented on these standards previously.

Domestic Appliances

ANEC attends meeting of CENELEC TC 59X ‘Performance of household appliances’

ANEC representative Gerhard Heilmann attended the meeting of CENELEC TC 59X in Frankfurt on 26 June 2008. The central issue in this committee is the problem that the energy labelling system is being discredited by insufficient reproducibility. This is to the detriment of both the consumer and the national governments that support it. TC 59X is endeavouring to address the problem but needs the agreement of the CENELEC BT to instigate changes. The meeting agreed to send a presentation on the uncertainty of measurement for round-robin tests and the validation of test laboratories to the BT for discussion at its October 2008 meeting. Funding from the European Commission for ring tests is a second problem within the committee. ANEC is concerned about the lack of funding as it leads to considerable delays in the standardisation work. The meeting discussed other items of relevance to consumers, especially the energy efficiency of household appliances. ANEC found it necessary on several occasions to remind the meeting that its work should be consumer based and that the use of products should be taken into account in standards and labelling.


ANEC attends CENELEC TC 61F ’Hand-held and Transportable Electric Motor Operated Tools’ meeting

AElectric motor operated tool (Source: Yahoo)NEC representative Malcolm Barrow attended the meeting of CLC TC 61 F which was held in Helsinki on 3 and 4 July 2008. The major work area of this committee at present is adapting standards to meet the requirements of the Machinery Directive (MD).

There are numerous areas of consumer interest in adapting standards to comply with the MD. Almost all of these involve horizontal issues. The key issues that emerged in this meeting of TC 61 F were: lack of data to support decisions; the need to maintain consistency between electric & non-electric tools for the same purpose, e.g. breakers; the need for a consistent definition of “transportable” as in transportable tool; flap switches; designation of machinery (a long running issue that seems to have assumed another new dimension with the new MD). There was also concern over the part of the MD which requires manufacturers to anticipate all possible accidents with a product that may occur and provide appropriate safety advice.

ANEC argued for the existence of a safety concern for consumers in relation to most of the issues addressed. The committee was very supportive of the ANEC view.

Environment

Sustainable Consumption & Production Action Plan lacks teeth

Tree (Source: Google)The European Commission published the long-awaited Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan on 16 July 2008. This Plan consists of a series of proposals with the aim of improving the environmental performance of products and increasing the demand for more sustainable goods and production technologies. Unfortunately, the Action Plan is lacking in ambition in that it does not propose new legislative measures, but simply revises existing measures and mechanisms. Although the Plan attempts to make more use of the synergies between the current schemes, something ANEC called for, the package continues to focus on energy efficiency, rather than sustainability in the broader sense (e.g. waste management, hazardous substances etc).

The particular proposals under the Plan include an extended Eco-design (of Energy-using Products) Directive, which would cover ‘energy-related’ products, such as windows (products which have an indirect impact on energy consumption). However, the proposal says very little about other environmental impacts such as the use of natural resources and materials.

The package also contains a proposal for a revised Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). This includes, inter alia, reinforced legal compliance obligations for companies, and mandatory reporting on environmental performance based on indicators such as energy efficiency and resource efficiency. The proposal also foresees the development of sector-specific best practice reference documents.

Finally, the package includes a proposal for a revised EU Eco-label Regulation, a Communication on Green Public Procurement, and introduces the setting up of a new Retailer Forum to identify key areas for the sector to improve its own ecological footprint and supply chain, while making more sustainable products available to consumers.

A revised EU Energy Label Directive is foreseen for the autumn.


Success and failure for consumers at annual ISO TC 207 ‘Environmental management’ meetings

Environmental ManagementThe annual ISO TC 207 meetings took place in Bogotá on 22-28 June 2008. ANEC representative Franz Fiala participated in the meetings and gave a presentation on the “Draft procedures for improved stakeholder participation and liaisons” at a workshop on Improving Stakeholder Balance in the technical committee. The presentation stressed the importance of identifying and assessing stakeholder and regional differences in consensus building, and proposed criteria and processes for both improving the stakeholder balance and for approving liaison organisations in the committee. Regrettably, it was decided that the proposed procedures would not be submitted to the plenary for discussion (see article below).

The ISO TC 207 SC3 ‘Environmental labelling’ meeting discussed the revision of the ISO 14020 series on environmental labels and declarations. Although some delegates expressed support for a limited revision of the standards package, the ANEC representative successfully called for a strategic discussion on the revision of the whole series and a Task Group was set up to look at the revision of the series.

Finally, at the ISO TC 207 SC4 ‘Environmental performance evaluation’ workshop, the ANEC representative presented the ANEC/BEUC/ECOS/EEB criticisms of the Environmental Management Systems approach, and the ANEC/ECOS criticisms of the ISO 14031 ‘Environmental Performance Evaluation’ standard. The presentation bemoaned the lack of comparable key performance indicators and drew attention to the findings of a study commissioned by the ÖN Consumer Council, and endorsed by ANEC, outlining a procedure to establish such indicators. The presentation was well-received and several participants joined ANEC in calling for a revision of ISO 14031. Indeed, it was decided as a result of the discussion, to establish a group to prepare an extraordinary meeting of SC4 at the end of 2008.


ANEC, ECOS and the Pacific Institute deplore developments in ISO TC 207 ‘Environmental management’

ANEC, ECOS and the Pacific Institute have issued a joint communiqué protesting at the decision, taken at the recent ISO TC 207 meetings in June 2008, not to submit the long-awaited draft operating procedures on balanced stakeholder involvement to the ISO TC 207 plenary meeting for vote (see also above).

Created in 2003 as a mixed group of NGO representatives and the TC leadership, the NGO-CAG Task Force had been tasked with developing operating procedures to improve the balance of stakeholder participation in the work of the committee. The resulting draft procedures, presented at the June meeting, were based on a thorough review of the existing ISO Directives, as well as the operating procedures approved in the ISO WG ’Social Responsibility’. Regrettably, the proposals met with sustained opposition from several national delegations and the decision not to submit the proposals to a plenary vote was taken by the Chair of TC 207.

The communiqué, issued on 5 September 2008, looks back at the long process of development of the draft operational procedures, and highlights their key elements. Considering the substantial time and effort put into drafting the procedures, and the importance of ensuring meaningful public interest participation in ISO, the NGOs call on the ISO leadership and governance bodies to take action to ensure a genuine balance of stakeholders in its technical bodies, particularly when the resulting standards are intended to support public policies.

For the ANEC, ECOS, Pacific Institute communiqué:

http://www.anec.eu/attachments/ANEC-ENV-2008-G-032final.pdf  

CENELEC TC 111X WG 3 looks into Eco-design standardisation needs

ANEC representative Costas Sklavidis participated in the meeting of CENELEC TC 111X WG 3 ‘Standardisation programme on EuP’ on 22 July 2008 in Munich. The WG had developed a table aimed at identifying standardisation needs and possible mandates related to the implementation of the Eco-design of Energy-using Products Directive (EuP). The ANEC representative drew the group’s attention to the ANEC proposal for a mandate related to the standardisation of interfaces for external power supplies and the proposal was added on the list as a potential standardisation item. Following the meeting, ANEC provided further information on the ANEC proposal, and also sent the group further comments on possible standardisation items, including the need to develop harmonised standards for the measurement of efficiency and emissions (CO, hydrocarbons…) for boilers and water heaters.


ANEC continues to lobby for stronger eco-design requirements

Standby buttonIn July, the Regulatory Committee for the Eco-design Directive (2005/32/EC) voted on an Implementing Measure which will limit standby and off-mode losses of electrical and electronic appliances to 1 watt (0,5 watt after three years). ANEC had lobbied for a mandatory zero watt mode for appliances, e.g. a hard-off switch. In our view a technical solution which would allow consumers to put the device into a mode in which it does not consume any energy would have been a good opportunity to show Europe’s commitment to saving energy. Unfortunately, this solution did not receive enough support and it was considered that such a decision should be left to manufacturers. However, the 0-Watt mode function is referred to in the recitals of the measure, and the requirement to have it in products will be decided product-by-product in the Eco-design Implementing Measures.

Furthermore, a second Eco-design Consultation Forum on water heaters was held on 8 July 2008. The Commission working document proposed minimum standards for the energy efficiency of water heaters, as well as labelling and installation requirements. According to the Commission approach, eco-design requirements would be set in two steps: one threshold would enter into force in the year 2011, and one in 2013. With a view to rising energy prices, ANEC proposed that a third set of eco-design requirements should be foreseen for 2015. Also, ANEC is concerned that the document still does not foresee limit values for emissions from water heaters, such as CO and particulate matters. Setting NOx limits without limiting CO emissions at the same time might be dangerous for the health of consumers.

For the updated ANEC position on water heaters:
http://www.anec.eu/attachments/ANEC-PT-2008-EuP-020final.pdf

New EuP Consumer Project Website launched!

A website for consumer interests in eco-design of energy-using products (EuP) was launched by the EuP Consumer Project Consortium in July. The website informs the public about the EuP consumer project, as well as the horizontal and product-specific positions. In the members’ area, ANEC members can find additional background information on the different product groups.
The website is available at www.eupconsumer.eu  

Information Society & Design for All

ANEC suggestions for the second phase of Mandate 376 on accessible ICT in public procurement

In July 2008, ANEC welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the planning of phase 2 of Mandate M/376. Accessible public procurement will be very beneficial to consumers with disabilities because the buying power of governments will develop a market for accessible ICTs. Bearing in mind that the total public procurement in the EU (15) amounts to 16% of the European Union’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it is evident that public procurement is beneficial for consumers as it will increase the market demand of accessible ICT products and services.

ANEC looks forward to the second phase of the mandate which should develop the complete list of European functional accessibility requirements for public procurement as technical specifications or award criteria in the tenders, or in support of conformity processes. Phase 2 activities should be carried out impartially and with the full involvement of all stakeholders, especially users with disabilities, to ensure that the resulting standard(s) and tools benefit everyone.

ANEC said that the EN standard to be used in public procurement should be written in a way which ensures it can be used within conformity assessment schemes for all types of present and future ICT; that it is based on users’ functional needs and that conformance provides a guarantee of accessibility. This means that the compliance criteria must be functional, testable and technology-neutral as far as possible.

Finally, ANEC urged for the decision to proceed with Phase 2 to be made as soon as possible, so that the maximum time is available to deliver this major piece of work.


ANEC comments on CEN BT WG 185 draft report (Mandate M/376)

Mandate M/376 was issued by the European Commission in support of accessibilty requirements for the public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain. A final Draft Report, entitled “Conformity assessment systems and schemes for accessibility requirements”, has been written as a response to Mandate M/376 by CEN BT WG 185. In its commentary on the report, ANEC stressed that the effect on national legislation of the recently-ratified UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities should not be overlooked.

ANEC also expressed concern about the recommendations for conformity schemes proposed in the draft report as they have not been endorsed, or even discussed, by WG 185 members. The report should emphasise that the scenarios are illustrative and are intended to show how the application of various criteria might lead to a recommendation on the appropriate conformity scheme. ANEC believes the report should include the reasoning used to reach each recommendation.

Information Society

ANEC attends CEN/ISSS Biometrics Focus Group meeting

European Citizens card (Source: www.kes.info)ANEC representative Kristina Unverricht attended the CEN Biometrics Focus Group meeting on 1 July 2008 in Brussels. The Biometrics Focus Group was offered project funding for two European specific projects. The projects are: "report 1: specific biometric profile for cross-border interoperability" and "report 2: a European consensus on conformance and interoperability mechanisms".

ANEC believes project 1 can benefit from Part 4 of the CEN TC 224 WG15 ‘European Citizen Card’ which also gives profiles to ensure interoperability, but with a focus on cards and not only on biometrics.

The ANEC representative also proposed to add a biometric global profile to Part 4 of the European Citizen Card draft standard, developed by CEN TC 224 WG 15 ‘Citizen Cards’. Kristina is the editor of this draft standard. Both reports of the Focus Group will refer to requirements in data protection, data quality and data security and other requirements on the issuance and maintenance processes which are strongly linked to consumer requirements.

ANEC expresses concerns at Steering Group meeting of EC study on ICT standardisation

The ICT Standardisation Policy Study Steering Group met again on 3 July 2008 in order to advise the Commission on future European ICT standardisation policy.

The Commission gave an update on the progress of the revision of Council Decision 87/95 on standardisation in the field of information and telecommunication technologies in order to include Scenario 3 (direct recognition of fora and consortia deliverables). As there is not enough time left before the appointment of the next Commission to follow the rules of the “better regulation policy” and develop an impact assessment, the decision was taken to produce a White Paper. The aim of the document, to be issued beginning of 2009, will be to stabilise the consensus reached so far in the Steering Group and open a consultation on the issues still unresolved, such as IPRs, involvement of consumers and SMEs.

The work of the Steering Group, including the paper on the Horizontal Issues, will be taken into account by the Commission when drafting the White Paper.

A revised version of the paper on Horizontal Issues presented at the last meeting was circulated at the meeting. Although it contained several improvements, ANEC said that it was essential to decide first on the formal status of the group (Expert Group or Committee) before embarking on discussions on the structure or membership. Several participants agreed but the Commission insisted on preliminary feedback. ANEC said the wording used, gave the impression the Platform was taking decisions and not only providing advice to the Commission. Hence several rewordings were proposed. ANEC also reiterated its plea to have a decision on the formal status of the new group as soon as possible. 
 

Services

ANEC speaks at European Parliament workshop on hotel safety

Building on fireANEC spoke at a European Parliament workshop on hotel safety, held in Brussels on 3 July 2008 by the Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. The workshop, chaired by Arlene McCarthy MEP, focused on fire and carbon monoxide safety aspects in hotels and holiday resorts and aimed to inform Members and other stakeholders about the current legal framework and situation across EU.

ANEC Programme Manager Nina Klemola presented ANEC’s views on fire safety in hotels, highlighting the need to revise the Council Recommendation 86/666/EEC on fire safety in hotels which has been shown not to have achieved its aim of a common minimum level of safety across Europe. She also drew the attention of participants to the ageing European population and called for the particular needs of persons with disabilities to be given more emphasis in the revision. ANEC’s call for a European Directive on fire safety in hotels was echoed by several other participants, with one participant noting that, although we may accept different levels of service quality, service safety should be absolute.

The ANEC presentation is available at:
http://www.anec.eu/attachments/ANEC-SERV-2008-G-044annex.pdf

Traffic Safety

145th World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP 29)

The ANEC/CI Representative Ronald Vroman attended the 145th session of the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (Working Party 29) in Geneva on 24-27 June 2008.

At the 145th session of WP29, the important Global Technical Regulation (GTR) on Electronic Stability Control systems was adopted. The GTR on pedestrian safety was announced for the November 2008 session.

Under the 1958 agreement, 14 modifications to existing regulations were adopted. Worth mentioning is the introduction in R83 of a new method to measure particles in diesel engines (needed for the Euro5 standard). A discussion on tyres continued on whether rolling resistance requirements should be included in the environmental or safety/performance regulations.

Again there was an emphasis on the importance of CO2 reduction, as political pressure urges WP29 to speed up activities in this area.
The EC presented the draft regulation on general vehicle safety that will result in a regulatory simplification: among others, 50 EC Directives will be replaced by UNECE Regulations.

ChooseESC! Symposium

ANEC attended the ChooseESC! symposium which took place on 1 July 2008 in Brussels. At the event, experts in road and vehicle safety discussed progress and challenges in the deployment of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) technologies. ESC has been hailed as the greatest road safety innovation since the seatbelt. ESC becomes active when a driver loses control of the vehicle. ESC identifies the risk of a skid at an early stage and uses the vehicle’s brakes to steer the vehicle safely back on track. 4,000 deaths and 100,000 injuries could be avoided every year if all cars in the EU were fitted with ESC. However, only 47% of all new cars, sold in the first half of 2007 in Europe, were equipped with ESC. Thus, several activities are in place in the scope of the public information campaign ‘ChooseESC!’ in order to bring ESC to the consumer.

Robots advertising ESCViviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society & Media, and Zita Gurmai MEP, Rapporteur for the Intelligent Car initiative, were among those who spoke in support of the ‘ChooseESC!’ campaign. Michiel Van Ratingen, Secretary-General of Euro NCAP, presented a new EU-wide ESC availability survey conducyted by the European New Car Assessment Programme. Moreover, examples of best practice were presented by motoring clubs from Italy (ACI), Spain (RACC Foundation), Slovenia (AMZS), Germany (ADAC), and Denmark (CEO, FDM).

A session was devoted to international developments on ESC. It saw interventions by experts on the state of affairs in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States and at UNECE level. At the same time, a special exhibition was held to showcase the latest developments in road safety technologies.

Meeting of the GRSP Informal Group on child restraint systems (CRS)

The 5th meeting of the Informal Group, which is developing a new CRS Regulation for integral harness Isofix child restraints, took place on 2 September 2008 in Vienna.

CI/ANEC’s main target is to establish a standard that supplies high levels of protection, and offers an easy to understand classification system. The CI/ANEC representative Ronald Vroman attended this meeting and raised again the issue of the 4th anchorage point which is a major condition for universal rearward facing (RWF) transport of children in cars. ANEC is very pleased to see the good outcome of the meeting in which it became apparent that the 4th anchorage point is necessary. The CI/ANEC representative also contributed to discussions related to side impact. The next meeting of the Group will take place on 7 October in Brussels.


Protection of children in cars: 6th International Conference

The Munich International Conference on “Protection of children in cars” will be held this year on 4 & 5 December. The conference deals exclusively with the safety of children in cars and is a landmark event. ANEC will participate and present the results of its study into accidents involving restrained children aged three and under.

News from other Organisations

International Product Safety Week 2008 – 17 to 21 November 2008

From 17 to 21 November, the European Commission will host the International Product Safety Week in Brussels. This series of events will bring together a broad range of consumer product safety professionals from around the globe, representing regulators, business, consumer organisations, standardisers and test laboratories.

The week will start with a high-level meeting between the European Commission, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Chinese government on enhancing the global governance of product safety, hosted by Mrs Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumers.

Moreover, several organisations will schedule meetings during that week, including a meeting of regulators of the International Consumer Product Safety Caucus (ICPSC), the fourth European meeting and training symposium of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organisation (ICPHSO) and the closing conference of a PROSAFE project on Enhancing Market Surveillance through Best Practice (EMARS). ANEC will participate in most of these events.

For more information, please see

http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/int_coop/docs/psweek2008_en.pdf


Conference on user needs in sustainable construction labelling

The Consumer Council of the Austrian Standards Institute (ÖN) is hosting a Brussels conference entitled “Sustainable construction labelling – user needs” on 21 October 2008.

The main objective of the conference is to discuss and review current developments concerning environmental information in the construction sector. The regulatory processes and instruments relevant to the debate include the Eco-design of Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive; the EU Energy Labelling and Eco-label schemes; the Green Public Procurement technical specifications for building products; the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive; revision of the Construction Products Directive, and the ‘Lead Market Initiative’ of the European Commission.

The event is supported by ANEC, EEB and ECOS.

For more information, please contact Dr Franz Fiala (franz.fiala@on-norm.at ).

International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL’09), Berlin 16-18 June 2009

The 5th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting will be held in Berlin from 16 to 18 June 2009.

EEDAL’09 will provide a forum to discuss the latest developments in the energy efficiency of residential appliances and lighting, heating and cooling equipment and ICT equipment. There will be presentations on policies and programmes to pursue greater energy efficiency, both adopted and planned, as well as on the technical and commercial advances.

The conference will include plenary sessions where representatives of governments and international organisations, manufacturers and academia will present their views and programmes. Parallel sessions on specific themes and topics will allow in-depth discussions among participants.
In particular, the conference aims to attract policy makers and experts from different countries and regions around the globe to foster an international dialogue.

The discussions planned on specific technologies will feature residential appliances (white goods); residential lighting luminaries and lamps; consumer electronics; and residential heating, ventilation and cooling, while those on policies and programmes will include strategies for increasing energy efficiency; international harmonisation and the implementation and enforcement of policies.

Abstracts for the conference can be submitted until 10 October 2008 to Mr. Bertoldi of the Joint Research Centre (paolo.bertoldi@ec.europa.eu). The official registration and information website will be launched at the end of October 2008: www.EEDAL.eu  

New ANEC representatives

CEN PC 385 ‘Sheltered housing services’

Ms Kristina Unverricht, from the DIN Consumer Council, has been nominated as the new ANEC representative in CEN Project Committee ‘Sheltered housing services’. Kristina is an active member of the Services Working Group, and is also the Chair of the ANEC ICT Working Group.

Miscellaneous

Meetings with ANEC representation

   Date Title
General Interest 8-9 September 2008
London, UK
International Electrical Product Safety Conference 
  10 September 2008
Brussels, Belgium
DG Enterprise Access Study - Steering Group
  22 September 2008
Brussels, Belgium
High-level Indian government visit to ANEC &
BEUC
  25 September 2008
Brussels, Belgium
ANEC Steering Committee
  30 September-1 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
ECCG with Commissioner Kuneva
  10-12 November 2008
Geneva, Switzerland
ISO COPOLCO Chair ’s Working Group
  17-21 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium

International Product Safety Week
  28 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
DG SANCO Conference on "Behavioural
Economics"
Standards Bodies of general interest 1-2 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
64th CEN Technical Board meeting 
  19 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
CEN Administrative Board
 Child Safety 3-4 September 2008
London, UK
CEN TC 252 WG 4
8-12 September 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
CENELEC TC 61 WG 4 ‘Vulnerable Consumers - Exclusion clause’
9-10 September 2008
Cologne, Germany
CEN TC 252 WG 3
17 September 2008 Brussels, Belgium EP PSE conference on toy safety
6-7 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
ANEC Child Safety Working Group meeting
  8 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
Joint ANEC Child Safety and Design for all meeting
  11-12 November 2008
London, UK
CEN TC 136 SC 1
 Design for All
8-9 September 2008
London, UK
International Electrical Product Safety Conference 
8-12 September 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
CENELEC TC 61 WG 4 ‘Vulnerable Consumers - Exclusion clause’
11-13 September 2008
Bonn, Germany
USERM project training
8 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
Joint ANEC Child Safety and Design for all meeting
8-9 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
ANEC Design for All WG
9 October 2008
Sophia Antipolis, France
DATSCG
29th of October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
Accessibility for All
Domestic Appliances 8-9 September 2008
London, UK
International Electrical Product Safety Conference
8-12 September 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
CENELEC TC 61 WG 4 ‘Vulnerable Consumers - Exclusion clause’
26 September 2008
Paris, France
CEN Sector Forum Gas Utilisation (SFG_U)
19-26 October 2008
Sydney, Australia
IEC TC 59 and subgroups
21-22 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
CLC BT
12-13 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
CLC TC 61
19-20 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
European Commission’s Machinery Directive WG
17-21 November 2008
Brasil
IEC TC 61
20-21 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
ANEC Domestic Appliances Working Group
26 November 2008
Berlin, Germany
CENELEC TC 59 X WG 1 SWG 1.9 ‘Tumble dryers’
Environment
25 September 2008
Leiden, The Netherlands
CEN TC 217 Task Group ‘Environmental aspects’

17 September 2008
Brussels, Belgium
CENELEC TC 111 X ‘Environment’
18 September 2008
Freiburg, Germany
Eco-design of Energy-using Products (EuP) Consumer Project Consortium meeting
26 September 2008
Brussels, Belgium
EEB annual conference ‘Turning the tide: Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns in the EU’
13 October 2008
Vienna, Austria
CEN TC 350 ‘Sustainability of construction works’
Task Group ‘Framework’
20 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium

European Commission IPP Regular meeting

21 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
ON Consumer Council conference ‘Sustainable construction labelling – user needs’
30-31 October 2008
Berlin, Germany
CEN TC 350 ‘Sustainability of construction works’
WG 3 ‘Product level’
17 November 2008
London, UK
CEN TC 350 ‘Sustainability of construction works’
WG 3 ‘Product level’
18-20 November 2008
London, UK
CEN TC 350 ‘Sustainability of construction works’
19-20 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
ANEC Environment Working Group meeting
Information Society 2-3 September 2008
Sophia Antipolis, France

ETSI Board

4-5 September 2008
Heraklion, Greece
CEN TC 224 WG15 European Citizen Card
11 September 2008 Brussels, Belgium ICT Study Steering Group
29 September 2008 London, UK Biometrics Focus Group
4-8 October 2008
Sophia Antipolis
ETSI HF (Also STF333)
6-7 October 2008
Nice, France
French EU presidency event on RFID/Internet of Things
8-10 October 2008
Japan
IEC TC 108 HBSDT 
14 October 2008
Sophia Antipolis, France
ICT Study education workshop on scenario 2
21-24 October 2008
Cannes, France
W3C Advisory Committee and Technical Plenary meeting
23 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
European Commission RFID Expert Group
19 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium

ICT standards and IPRs workshop

20 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
European Commission ICT study Steering Committee
27 November 2008 Sophia Antipolis, France ICTSB
27 November 2008 Sophia Antipolis, France ETSI Board
Services 8-9 September 2008
Vienna, Austria

CEN TC 373 PC ‘Services of Real Estate Agents’ meeting

26 September 2008
Milan, Italy
CEN BT WG 192 ‘Qualifications of professions/personnel’ meeting
23-24 October 2008
Vienna, Austria
CEN TC 380 PC ‘Hearing Aid Specialists Services’ meeting
29 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
Ad hoc ANEC Services WG meeting on research needs
31 October 2008
Vienna, Austria
CEN TC 385 PC ‘Sheltered Housing Services’ meeting
6 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
CEN BT WG 163 ‘Service Standardisation’ meeting
28 November 2008
Brussels, Belgium
European Commission Financial Services Consumer Group meeting
28 November 2008 Copenhagen, Denmark CEN TC 331 ‘Postal services’ meeting
Traffic Safety 2 September 2008
Vienna, Austria
GRSP ad hoc group on Child Restraint Systems
19-20 October 2008
Paris, France
CEN TC 278 - Road Transport and Traffic Telematics
22-23 October 2008
The Hague, The Netherlands
ANEC Traffic Safety Working Group meeting
29-30 October 2008
San Antonio, Texas (U.S.A.)

ISO TC 22 SC 12 WG 1 ‘Child restraint systems in road vehicles’

18-19 November 2008
Munich, Germany
2nd International Conference on Neck Injuries in Road Traffic and Prevention Strategies
Other Issues 2-3 October 2008
Brussels, Belgium
2nd Annual Nanotechnology “Safety for Success” Dialogue Workshop

Standards Out for Public Enquiry

 Date  Title  Reference number  Technical Committee
Child Safety 26.11.2008

Water slides – Part 1 Safety requirements and test methods and Part 2: Instructions

Ref: prEN 1069-1/2 REVIEW TC 136
Design for All  12.11.2008 Packaging – Braille on packaging for medicinal products Ref: prEN 15823 TC 261
Domestic Appliances  05.11.2008 Hand-held non-electric power tools - Safety requirements - Part 3/4/6 Ref: prEN ISO 11148-3/4/6 REVIEW TC 255
 26.11.2008 Energy performance of lifts and escalators - Part 1: Energy measurement and conformance Ref: prEN ISO 25745-1 TC 10
 24.12.2008 Furniture – Strength, durability and safety – Requirements for domestic seating Ref: prEN 12520 REVIEW TC 207
Services
10.12.2008 Customer Contact
Centres
Ref: prEN 15838 TC 375

Standards Out for Formal Vote

 Date  Title  Reference number  Technical Committee
Child Safety  12.09.2008

Safety of toys – Replies to requests for interpretation of EN 71-1, EN 71-2, and EN 71-8

Ref: prCEN/TR 15371 TC 52
 17.09.2008 Safety of toys – Part 5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets Ref: EN 71-5:1993/prA2 TC 52
Domestic Appliances  30.09.2008 Ergonomics of human-system interaction – Part 305 Ref: prEN ISO 9241-305 TC 122
Environment
 07.10.2008

Packaging

Ref: prEN 15507 TC 261
Services  24.09.2008 Postal services – Quality of service Ref: prEN 14012 REVIEW TC 331
 31.10.2008 Postal services – ID-tagging of letter mail items – Part 1/2/4/5 Ref: prCEN/TS 15844-1/2/4/5 TC 331
Traffic Safety  01.10.2008 Intelligent transport systems – Electronic fee collection (EFC Ref: prCEN ISO/TS 25110 TC 278

Published Standards

 Date  Title  Reference number  Technical Committee
Design for All  18.06.2008 Packaging – Package leaflets for medicinal products – Braille and other formats for visually impaired people Ref: CEN/TR 15753:2008 TC 261
 15.07.2008 Ergonomics of human-system interaction – Part 171: Guidance on software accessibility Ref: EN ISO 9241-171:2008 TC 122
Domestic Appliances  11.06.2008

Safety of machinery – Safety-related parts of control systems – Part 1/2

Ref: EN ISO 13849-1:2008 TC 114
 18.06.2008 Safety of machinery – Evaluation of the emission of airborne hazardous substances – Part 3/4 Ref: EN 1093-3/4:2006+A1:2008 TC 114
 25.06.2008 Safety of machinery – Emergency stop Ref: EN ISO 13850:2008 TC 114
 25.06.2008 Safety of machinery – Evaluation of the emission of airborne substances – Part 2 Ref: EN 1093-2:2006+A1:2008 TC 114
25.06.2008

Safety of machinery – Reduction of risk to health from hazardous substances emitted by machinery - Part 1/2  

Ref: EN626-1/2:1994+A1:2008 TC 114
25.06.2008 Safety of machinery – Minimum gaps to avoid crushing of parts of the human body Ref: EN 349:1993+A1:2008 TC 114
09.07.2008 Safety of machinery – Evaluation of the emission of airborne hazardous substances – Part 11 Ref: EN 1093-11:2001+A1:2008 TC 114
16.07.2008 Safety of machinery – Evaluation of the emission of airborne hazardous substances – Parts 6/7/8/9 Ref: EN 1093-6/7/8/9:1998+A1:2008 TC 114
30.07.2008

Safety of escalators and moving walks – Part 1 

Ref: EN 115-1:2008 TC 10
30.07.2008 Maintenance for lifts and escalators Ref: EN 13015:2001+A1:2008 TC 10
30.07.2008 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts – Part 3 Ref: EN 13015:2001+A1:2008 TC 10
Information Society 20.08.2008

Identification card systems – Man-machine interface – Part 3 

Ref: EN 1332-3:2008 TC 224
Traffic Safety 02.07.2008 Road transport and traffic telematics – Electronic fee collection (EFC) Ref: CEN/TR 15762:2008 TC 278
09.07.2008 Road restraint systems – Part 5: Product requirements and evaluation of conformity for vehicle restraint systems Ref: EN 1317-5:2007+A1:2008 TC 226

Latest ANEC Comments

   Title  Reference Number
General
Joint BEUC/ANEC comments on Commission Impact Assessment Guidelines  ANEC-GA-2008-G-024
Child Safety ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for amendments to introduce the precautionary principle ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-035
  ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for amendments concerning chemical requirements ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-036
  ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for amendments concerning comitology ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-037
  ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for amendments concerning EC-type examination ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-038

ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for amendments concerning warnings

ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-039
ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for amendments concerning toys in food ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-040
ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for amendments concerning the burden of proof ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-041
ANEC/BEUC factsheet on the revision of the Toy Safety Directive: suggestions for other amendments to the Directive ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-042
Hazards and risks checklists for children and disabled people ANEC-R&T-2008-CHILD/DOMAP/DFA-003
  Lobbying request to members concerning draft CEN BT resolution to reject mandate M/427 for the revision of EN 13869 on child resistant cigarette lighters ANEC-ML-2008-0130

Letter to UNI with ANEC input for the meeting on a possible revision of EN 14988 ’Highchairs’, to be held on 17 September 2008

ANEC-ML-2008-0133
Informal ANEC contribution for WG September meeting ANEC-ML-2008-0137
Comments from ANEC on prEN 12227 REVIEW ’Playpens for domestic use – Safety requirements and test methods’ ANEC-CHILD-2008-G-043
Domestic Appliances

Informal ANEC contribution for WG September meeting

ANEC-ML-2008-0137
ANEC-CI comments to IEC TC 61 on a new proposal for electric decorative robots ANEC-DOMAP-2008-G-041
ANEC input on ECOSOC’s Draft Opinion on the Evolution of household appliances (white goods) in Europe ANEC-ML-2008-0155
Design for All

ANEC proposals for revision EN 60335-2-3/6/9/14/25/36

ANEC-ML-2008-0124
ANEC suggestions for the second phase of Mandate 376 on accessible ICT in public procurement ANEC-DFA-2008-G-033
Hazards and risks checklists for children and disabled people, July 2008 ANEC-R&T-2008-CHILD/DOMAP/DFA-003
ANEC/EDF answers to Commission web/eAccessibility consultation, August 08 ANEC-DFA-2008-G-036
Informal ANEC contribution for WG September meeting ANEC-ML-2008-0137 + attachment
Final ANEC comments on CEN/BT/WG 185 PT Final Draft Report “European accessibility requirements for public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain” (Mandate M 376, Phase 1) July 08 ANEC-DFA-2008-G-028final
Environment

Final report of the ANEC Environment 2007 R&T study: Benchmarking and additional environmental information in the context of Type III environmental declarations

ANEC-R&T-2007-ENV-
004final
Final ANEC summary for 2007 study on benchmarks and additional environmental information in context of EPDs ANEC-R&T-2008-ENV-003final
Letter to European Commission on ANEC 2007 Environment R&T study on EPDs ANEC-ML-2008-0120
Lobbying request on EU Regulation for eco-design requirements for standby and off-mode losses ANEC-ML-2008-0127

ANEC/BEUC statement on Eco-design requirements for Standby and Off-mode functions

ANEC-PT-2008-EuP-019
ANEC comments on prEN 15804 ’Product Category Rules’ ANEC-ENV-2008-G-024final
Letter to European Commission (DG TREN, DG SANCO, DG ENTR) about Joint ANEC/BEUC position on eco-design, labelling and installation requirements for dedicated water heaters ANEC-ML-2008-0142 + attachment
Preliminary ANEC comments to CENELEC TC 111 X WG3 table on EuP standardisation needs ANEC-ML-2008-0151
ANEC input on ECOSOC’s Draft Opinion on the Evolution of household appliances (white goods) in Europe ANEC-ML-2008-0155
Information Society

Consumer comments on IoT environment issue paper, EC RFID Expert group

ANEC-ICT-2008-G-041
Consumer comments on issue paper on IoT health, EC RFID Expert group ANEC-ICT-2008-G-040
Consumers comments on IoT standards issue paper, EC RFID Expert group ANEC-ICT-2008-G-039
Consumer comments on issue paper on safety of IoT, EC RFID Expert group ANEC-ICT-2008-G-038
ANEC/BEUC comments on EC discussion paper on Internet of Things ANEC-ICT-2008-G-037
New ANEC study on RFID ANEC-ML-2008-0123
LOBBYING REQUEST for IMCO and ITRE vote on EU electronic communications regulatory framework, July 08 ANEC-ML-2008-0125
Draft ANEC/BEUC letter Commissioner Reding on RFID Recommendation, July 08  ANEC-ML-2008-0128
ANEC comments on ETSI draft Guide 202 745 Guidelines to service providers on the provision of information services to children ANEC-ML-2008-0140
Services
ANEC speech at the European Parliament
IMCO workshop on hotel safety, July 2008
ANEC-SERV-2008-G-044 + PPT presentation
ANEC comments on prEN 15838:2008 - Customer Contact Centres ANEC-SERV-2008-G-046final
Traffic Safety
Letter to European Commission on Results of ANEC accident study of the Performance of Restraints Used by Children Aged Three Years and Under ANEC-ML-2008-0108
ANEC Statement on the accident study of the performance of restraints used by children aged three years and under ANEC-R&T-2008-TRAF-004
Final report of the ANEC R&T study on the performance of restraints used in cars for children aged three years and under ANEC-R&T-2008-TRAF-003
  ANEC press release: A fatal contradiction-Child safety in cars: A wide gulf has developed between technology and legislation ANEC-PR-2008-PRL-007

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