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SGS Provides Updates on EU Commission's New "Blue Guide" Based on the New Approach Directives and Global Approach

In 2000 the European Commission published the original "Blue Guide" as guidance to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and Global Approach.

Ealing, London, United Kingdom, August 11, 2014 --( Global Approach and New Approach Directives

New approach directives define ‘essential requirements’ related to health, safety and environmental issues and are fulfilled through the path of harmonized European standards. New approach directives include Personal Protective Equipment, Toy safety and gas appliances. The Global approach is based on general guidelines and detailed procedures for conformity assessment of products prior to their marketing. The Blue guide has been the main source of reference for the implementation of legislation based on the New Approach, now covered by the New Legislative Framework (NLF).

Blue Guide 2014 Edition

The 2014 edition has been updated to cover new developments including the common understanding of the New Legislative Framework for the marketing of products.

The new version of the guide includes new chapters such as the obligations of economic operators and revised chapters such as standardization and market surveillance.

With the inclusion of the New Legislative Framework, the guide is also likely to be used by all types of Union harmonized legislation and not only the ‘New Approach’ directives.

Blue Guide Content

The guide contains chapters on the following;
- Regulating the free movement of goods,
- When does Union harmonization legislation on products apply?
- The actors in the product supply chain and their obligations,
- Product requirements,
- Conformity assessment,
- Accreditation,
- Market surveillance,
- Free movement of products within the EU,
- International aspects on the EU legislation on products,
- Annexes
* EU legislation referred to in the guide
* Additional guidance documents
* Useful web addresses
* Conformity assessment procedures
* Relations between ISO 9000 and modules requiring a quality assurance system
* Using harmonized standards to assess the competence of conformity assessment bodies.
* Frequently asked questions on CE marking

The Blue guide can be downloaded from the EU Enterprise and Industry website Blue Guide (

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