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"Free movement of goods is a cornerstone of the single market. The mechanisms in place to achieve this aim are based on prevention of new barriers to trade, mutual recognition and technical harmonization. "The free movement of goods within the European Union has advanced rapidly and is accelerating as the New Approach Policy is more fully implemented. The policy will benefit users as well as manufacturers who know how to take advantage of the changing rules in Europe. The New Approach Policy was established in 1985 and includes a strategy for using technical rules and standards as a means for removing the internal trade barriers within Europe. Many of these barriers have dealt with the safety of people and the products they use. For this reason, the technical rules, called directives, often establish essential safety requirements (ESR), which are considered to be common, minimal and acceptable to all Member States of the EU.

Member States must presume that products bearing the CE marking comply with all the provisions of the applicable directives providing for it's affixing. Accordingly, Member States may not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing on the market and putting into service in their territory of products bearing the CE marking, unless the provisions relating to CE marking are incorrectly applied. As an exception, Member States may prohibit, restrict or impede the free movement of products bearing CE marking - in accordance with Articles 28 and 30 of the EC Treaty - because of a hazard that is not covered by the applicable directives.


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