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Analysis on the implementation of Directive 73/23/EEC in Bulgaria related to the conformity assessment process

A survey on the Directive 73/23/EEC implementation in Bulgaria is made aimed at presenting the implementation process related to conformity assessment of electrical products. The main objectives of the survey are to provide a clear picture on the current situation in Bulgaria concerning the conformity assessment of electrical products within the scope of LVD as well as to find some solutions of the existing implementation problems. To achieve these objectives several questionnaires are developed and distributed to more than 250 Bulgarian producers/importers, CABs and testing laboratories as well as to many customers of electrical products.

The data collected by means of these questionnaires present information on the existing situation related to the Bulgarian conformity assessment bodies within the scope of LVD (4 designated bodies). Some information on the demands of Bulgarian market of electrical appliances and the existing legislation in this field transposing the Law on Technical Requirements to Products and the COUNCIL DIRECTIVE of 19 February 1973 on the harmonization of the laws of Member States relating to electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits (LVD) is given. Information on the national conformity assessment system and procedures used for providing compliance of the electrical appliances with the essential requirements is presented as well. Examples on the main difficulties to the CABs related to the comparatively low level of demands for providing CA services, together with some problems regarding the personnel qualification and maintenance of the quality management system are discussed.

A comparison of the testing and CA procedures carried out before year 2003 and today as well as the process of updating and development of CA procedures are presented. The market surveillance mechanisms and consumer protection activities are also discussed and some possible solutions for preventing from placing on the market of dangerous electrical products are given. At the end some conclusions are made and some solutions of the existing problems to the CABs for achieving full LVD implementation are discussed. The analysis, the questionnaires and all information collected are available at SASM.

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SASM, International Cooperation Dept.
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