Market Surveillance

This section covers documentation related to market surveillance.

Market Surveillance for products ensure that products on the market are conformity with the applicable law. EU legislation lays down specific requirements for the organization of market surveillance. However, in accordance with the subsidiarity principle, market surveillance is organised and carried out at national level. Member States are responsible for surveillance activities on their own territory.

Regulation (EC) 765/2008 sets out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products. The Regulation sets out clear obligations for market surveillance authorities, stipulating that they must have the necessary powers, resources and knowledge to properly perform their functions. The Regulation requires procedures to be put in place for following up complaints, monitoring accidents, verifying that corrective action has been taken and gathering scientific and technical knowledge concerning safety issues. In addition, Member States must establish, implement and periodically update national market surveillance programmes and review and assess the functioning of their surveillance activities at least every four years.