Learn about the EU and the NLF

This short course will introduce manufacturers to important concepts and requirements that must be understood in order to successfully and competently manufacture products for and sell products into European Union markets.

We provide an overview of the European Union and how it differs from other markets around the world, how those differences impact regulations and the regulatory approach, and how they should be interpreted and understood in the context of the EU market. The New Legislative Framework is introduced. This regulatory framework is a systematic approach to ensuring the safety of products that are placed on the market in the EU. Important concepts such as essential requirements, harmonised standards, technical documentation and the EU Declaration of Conformity are covered.

The course will cover:

  • Directive vs Regulation vs Decision
  • The “new legislative framework”, or NLF
  • Harmonised standards
  • Technical documentation

Who should book a place?

This course was designed for Manufacturers, producers and authorised representatives operating within the EU in mind. Others in the industry may also find it useful to learn about how this may affect them and others within the supply chain.

Why should you book a place on this course?

  • To learn about which different legislation and directives are applicable to your company.
  • To understand how the EU is different from other markets across the world
  • To appreciate how broad a spectrum of industries the NLF covers and how it affects you and your company.
  • To learn from experts in their fields.
  • To get an introduction in the key areas of legislation.

The authors

This course has been written by Mike Kirschner from Design Chain Associates (DCA). DCA provides management and technical consulting services to manufacturers of discrete goods ("articles"), their suppliers (including software, hardware, material and chemical suppliers) and their customers in the areas of environmental compliance and performance, product sustainability, social compliance and supply chain management.

Typical services include education and training, business process evaluation and advice, software database requirements definition and selection, regulatory baselining and ongoing monitoring, data collection/management/reporting, and as-needed consulting on regulatory and customer requirements.