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Market surveillance announced to tackle non-compliant lighting

03 May 2017

A UK programme has been launched by the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) to carry out market surveillance on luminaires.

Part of an EU-wide initiative run by LightingEurope, it is intended to address the issue of compliance and exaggerated performance claims.

It follows a survey of European lighting companies last year that highlighted the issues, with 94% of respondents stating they believed their national market surveillance authority activities were insufficient to tackle the problems.

An industry-funded market surveillance programme has therefore been launched by LightingEurope, initially covering the UK (which provided the largest number of responses to the survey), France, Spain and Poland and set to include other countries in the future.

LIA members joining the scheme, which cost 500 euros a year, will be entitled to display the Compliant Lighting Initiative logo and will also have access to the information on products being tested.

All revenue raised from the scheme will fund the product testing at the LIA Laboratory.

The UK scheme is being co-ordinated by LightingEurope president Peter Hunt, with the company also pledging 30,000 euros to start the project and plans to publish results on an annual basis.

"Without doubt the biggest concern expressed by our members is the plethora of non-compliant products carrying exaggerated claims appearing on the market," said Mr Hunt.

"Compliance with the wide range of regulations our industry is subjected to comes at a cost.

"It is simply unfair that certain companies are avoiding the cost of compliance in order to gain a competitive advantage.

"This programme aims to tackle this problem and help create a level playing field," said Mr Hunt.

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