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Implementation of the EMC Directive in the UK

One of the means by which the Single European Market will be established by 31 December 1992 is through the removal of technical barriers to trade, which in turn will be brought about by the introduction of European Directives under the EC Commission's 'New Approach to Technical Harmonization and Standards'. I think it is true to say that within the UK the EMC Directive is widely regarded as the most comprehensive, complex and possible contentious Directive ever to emanate from Brussels. Discussion of the contents of the Directive amongst the various trade associations, chambers of commerce and other bodies representing large industrial and commercial sectors has resulted in expressions of deep concern about the interpretations to be placed on the Directive, particularly the scope and the term 'placing on the market', and the means of conforming to it in the time available. Paradoxically there is a strong measure of support for the Directive as a necessary step to combat interference between electrotechnical products which is long overdue. It is against this background that the Department of Trade and Industry is making preparations for implementing the Directive on 1 January 1992 and at the same time is trying to overcome the expressions of concern and misunderstandings which surround the Directive in its present form.

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