This study aims to reveal the main changes and risks that Ukrainian exporters may face after the entry into force of the new rules of market surveillance in the EU.

To be allowed on the EU market, goods must meet the established requirements for quality and safety. EU authorities monitor compliance with such requirements by taking market surveillance measures. The Association Agreement with the EU provides for the harmonization of Ukrainian legislation in the field of market surveillance with EU standards.

The development of international trade and, in particular, e-commerce, as well as certain shortcomings identified during the monitoring of the functioning of the EU market surveillance system, have forced European lawmakers to revise existing market surveillance rules. For example, the existing control system did not allow public oversight bodies to verify the conformity and safety of goods ordered online and shipped by mail.

Ukrainian exporters who intend to enter the European market must understand the requirements that will be imposed on their products, such as labeling and documentary proof of conformity. They also need to be aware of the measures that EU bodies will take to monitor compliance with these requirements in practice. For those exporters who are already working with European buyers, it is also advisable to analyze how the new EU rules may affect their current business.


Author:Leonid Vitkin, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, expert on technical barriers to trade

Oleksandra Bulana, PhD, Analyst, UCEP