The New Legal Framework

The actual legislative framework was adopted in 2008 and was named "New Legal Framework". It is a package of measures aimed at improving market surveillance and increasing the quality of conformity assessments. It also clarifies the use of the CE mark and creates a series of measures to be used in the product legislation.

The legal acts composing the New Legal Framework (NLF) package were published in the OJEU L 218/82 on 13 August 2008. The NLF package is the modernization of the New Approach for marketing products to strengthen the application of the internal market legislation.

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The scope is contained in Article 1 as follows.

1. The purpose of this Directive is to ensure that products placed on the market are safe.

2. This Directive shall apply to all the products defined in Article 2(a). Each of its provisions shall apply in so far as there are no specific provisions with the same objective in rules of Community law governing the safety of the products concerned.