European market surveillance cooperation is to a large extent performed through informal networks with representatives of market surveillance authorities in the EU, grouped per sector. These networks are called administrative cooperation groups, AdCos. Within the EU, there are some 20 such groups. Information about them, meeting dates and documents can be found on the website of the European Commission. Read more
A list of all market surveillance authorities in the EU can be found here.
There are also other, horizontal and non-sector specific, for a for cooperation between market surveillance authorities on European and global levels.
Prosafe (Product Safety Forum of Europe) is a non-profit organisation established by market surveillance officers from various countries throughout Europe. Its aim is to promote informal discussions between market surveillance officers in order to share experiences and to develop best practice amongst market surveillance organisations. The Swedish Consumer Agency and Swedac represent Sweden in Prosafe. Other authorities participate on a non-regular basis in particular projects. Read more
IMP-MSG (Expert Group on the Internal Market For Products – market surveillance group) is an expert group established by the European Commission (DG Enterprise and Industry) focussing on the interpretation and implementation of the market surveillance provisions in EU Regulation 765/2008 on Accreditation and Market Surveillance and EU Decision 768/2008 on a common framework for the marketing of products. The working group consists of market surveillance experts from all EU Member States. Swedac represents Sweden in IMP-MSG.
GPSD Committee (General Product Safety Directive) is a committee established to coordinate activities under and the implementation of the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC. The Ministry of Finance, supported by the Swedish Consumer Agency, represents Sweden in this Committee, which is chaired by the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers).
Rapex (Rapid Exchange of Information of dangerous products) is a system and a network for all EU Member States within which authorities inform each other of dangerous products and the measures taken against them. The Consumer Agency is the national contact point for Rapex in Sweden. Read more
ICSMS (Information and Communication System for Market Surveillance) is another European system for the exchange of information about products between the market surveillance authorities in EU. Swedac is the national administrator for ICSMS in Sweden. Read more
UN ECE – MARS (UN Economic Commission for Europe – Market Surveillance Group) is a UN working group for market surveillance, consisting of representatives from market surveillance authorities from the entire world, foremost Europe and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States, republics from the former Soviet Union). Swedac and the National Board of Trade represent Sweden in the MARS group. Read more