The TIC sector supports manufacturers of all types of products from simple consumer products to complex machinery and medical devices to bring into the market safe and compliant products.

To this end, our members conduct conformity assessment of products regarding electrical, mechanical, food, health and chemical safety as the general protection of consumers against unhealthy or dangerous products. This cluster would also cover anti-counterfeiting and food safety.

Moreover, our members actively engage against counterfeited products and certification marks, as their vast majority is not subject to any conformity assessment.

The TIC Council’s positions aim to bring insights to policymakers to our broad expertise across product sectors and world regions.

 

Existing Americas positions:
TIC Council Americas Position Paper - Sale of Counterfeit Products on ECommerce Platforms
To address the growing issue of Counterfeits, TIC Council Americas has published it Position Paper to assist ECommerce Platforms in halting the threats to public health and safety.
TIC Council Position on the Brazilian Inmetro Reform.
TIC Council welcomes Inmetro's efforts to modernise its regulatory and conformity assesement (CA) framework and development of a new Institutional Strategic Plan for 2021-2023. There are opportunities to streamline and enhance the current regulatory model towards a system that enhances product quality and safety while promoting industry's competitiveness, economic development and consumers wellbeing. Read our recommendations here.

 

Existing EU positions:
TIC Council Position on Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMCD)
Independent conformity assessment companies provide EMC testing and certification based on their expertise on EMC legislation, guidelines, and standards.
TIC Council's Position Paper on the revision of the 'Blue Guide'
The TIC Council welcomes the forthcoming update of the 'Blue Guide' as an invaluable interpretation tool for the EU's product rules. This position paper requests update should be limited to the rules that changed according to the new Regulation on market surveillance and compliance of products (1020/2019) and to the upcoming changes to horizontal aspects of the product legislation.

 

Past EU positions:
2019 Position Paper Machinery Directive
The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) is an undeniable milestone of the product harmonisation legislation. To remain relevant and effective in the future, IFIA provides the following recommendations.
IFIA CEOC Position Paper on the Low Voltage Directive
The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) is an undeniable milestone of the product harmonisation legislation. To remain relevant and effective in the future, TIC Council recommends that the following conformity assessment procedures be implemented to respect EU standards.
Past global positions:
IFIA Position Paper - Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package
In February 2013, the Commission proposed the product safety and market surveillance package to update rules in line with market developments, with the goals of creating greater safety for consumers and greater certainty for economic operators. IFIA supports these objectives and expresses its general support for the package but would like to make some suggestions on how to improve certain provisions so as to reach the stated goals.
CEOC - The Added Value of 3rd Party Inspection and Certification
Confidence in products and processes is most efficiently provided through conformity assessment by independent 3rd parties. The essential corner stones for this confidence are: competence, neutrality and objectivity.