Guidance paper on the Impact Assessment of the LVD Update

Published: 15 February 2005

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Product Safety Legislation

ORGALIME position

In 2001 the Low Voltage Directive Working Party decided to start up an update process on the Low Voltage Directive (LVD). This decision was taken by the Commission’s administration in response to administrative concerns under the drive of some Member states’ administrations.

Further to its general comments on the Commission draft specifications for an extended impact assessment of the LVD, Orgalime suggests assessing the impact of all the envisaged changes in the LVD against the three policy objectives: health & safety, free movement of goods, and competitiveness of the EU industry. Before a decision is taken to revise the directive, each supportive argument for the update of the LVD shall be compared to other policy instruments as highlighted, for instance, in the enclosed paper.

References: 73/23/EEC

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