Government Inquiry Commission proposes a new Market Surveillance Act

The Inquiry Commission has handed over the report “Market Surveillance Authorities – powers and sanctions” to the Government. The Commission proposes a new horizontal act on market surveillance that shall give authorities the same investigation and enforcement powers. In several instances, this means reinforced powers compared with today, such as possibilities to anonymous purchases and reimbursement of testing costs. The act should entry into force on 1 January 2019 and be applied on both new and second-hand products.

Government Inquiry Commission proposes a new Market Surveillance Act

The Commission also highlights needs to clarify market surveillance responsibilities in areas where these are unclear, a review of the CE marking rules, increased cooperation between authorities and improved information to business. The Commission further suggests a review of the amount of market surveillance authorities in order to concentrate responsibilities to fewer authorities.

Read the Report here (English summary on p. 19-28)

Photo: Ann Linde, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, receives the report from Annika Brickman, head of Inquiry Commission

Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Government Offices of Sweden