Market surveillance is a duty which rests on the national authorities for ensuring that only safe products are made available in Norway.
Its purpose is to check products covered by harmonised goods regulations to see that only those which conform with the applicable regulations/standards are sold in the internal EU/EEA market.
Market surveillance is defined in Regulation (EC) no 765/2008, implemented in the EEA goods legislation, as “… the activities carried out and measures taken by public authorities to ensure that products comply with the requirements set out in the harmonised EEA legislation and do not endanger health, safety or any other aspect of public interest protection”.
How is surveillance conducted?
The PSA conducts both proactive and reactive surveillance. In the first case, a planned approach is taken to investigating whether products made available in the market accord with the product regulations.
Reactive surveillance is conducted primarily on the basis of an incident or a suspicion that the product in question does not comply with the legal requirements.
Various reactions are available if possible breaches are found, including non-statutory measures, such as meetings, or statutory responses, such as import prohibitions or product withdrawal/recall.
See also: Supervision of goods (regjeringen.no) (in Norwegian only)
PSA as market surveillance authority
The PSA is responsible for surveillance pursuant to the following regulations for products used in petroleum activities at land-based plants and fixed facilities offshore.
All these regulations are available only in Norwegian, and the English title is provided for convenience only.
- Regulations on simple pressure vessels
- Regulations on pressure equipment
- Regulations on construction, design and production of personal protective equipment
- Regulations on aerosol containers
- Regulations on EEA requirements for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) for equipment for electronic communication
- Regulations on equipment and safety systems for use in hazardous areas
- Regulations on machines
- Regulations on registration, assessment, approval and restriction of chemicals (Reach regulations)
- Regulations on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP regulations)
A number of market surveillance audits have been conducted under the authority of the regulations listed above. All these audits have been published at psa.no under audit reports.