GLOBALNORM Product Compliance conference

A conference with true added value

The GLOBALNORM Product Compliance conference is held on a regular basis and focuses on current issues surrounding Product Compliance.  In addition to intriguing expert panel discussions and lectures, specific topics are highlighted in a selection of workshops where participants can obtain advice and practical strategies on how to deal with their unique set of issues.

The multidisciplinary composition of speakers and participants ensures an impressive diversity and an enriching, productive dialogue.  A lively interchange of experiences as well as establishing and maintaining contacts in your business network form an integral part of the conference's identity.

Our 7. GLOBALNORM Product Compliance Conference took place at 04. and 05. April 2019 in Berlin. 

By experts for experts

Cross-industry expertise communicated in thematic lectures and expert panel discussions between industry and market authorities.

Highlights of the 6th GLOBALNORM conference 2017

November 22 and 23, 2017 in Berlin, Germany

As professional interest in Product Compliance expertise is growing, our thematic conference is developing into an increasingly influential expert knowledge platform.  In 2009 we welcomed just under 30 participants at our inaugural GLOBALNORM Product Compliance conference.  To date, the event has grown to include more than 80 participants from a wide range of industry sectors.

Daily order of business: Product Compliance

Precisely how complex product compliance can be was illustrated by Michael Loerzer in his opening address at the 6th GLOBALNORM Product Compliance conference in Berlin, Germany.  The convergence of technologies and achieving proficient regulatory and normative control over them is one of the central challenges of the future.  Take a wooden table, for example.  Attach a light-emitting diode (LED), WLAN and a propulsion motor and you have a high-tech product.

Business relevance was added by Mr. Diedonné of Heraeus Noblelight GmbH.  The lighting system manufacturer now has two Product Compliance Officers on staff, both of whom received their training at the GLOBALNORM ACADEMY – in Quality Assurance Management as well as in Development, Design and Construction.

Market surveillance authorities' perspective on the new Directives

Dr. Honnacker of the Bavarian State Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection pointed out the immense responsibility borne by economic operators, and requested a discussion round.  It became clear during this discussion that public authorities play a significant role in terms of providing a safety net (i.e. market surveillance and ensuring fair competition) and are also perceived as a consultative partner.  Univ. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Bracke of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Technology at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Chair of Reliability Engineering and Risk Analysis) contributed two product recall examples that cleary showed how failure behavior and prognoses can be calculated using statistical methods.  Mr. Schaber of SICK AG (Dept. External Standards and Regulations) presented the automated drafting of EU Declarations of Conformity for the over 40,000 variants of their product.

Mr. Meinders of the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) was the second representative of a public authority and presented the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.  The lively question round after his talk revealed that the Directive, which had come into force on June 13, 2017 was still causing difficulties on occasion.  One issue, for example, was how to handle 'combined equipment' under this new Directive, with the period for comment on this question due to expire at the end of January 2018.  Our legal counsel, Ms Inken Green, presented recent developments in environmental compliance, most notably the amendment to the RoHS Directive.  Other topics included the new Energy Labeling Ordinance, a review of 10 years of REACH as well as potential challenges ahead.

Workshops with a practical orientation, key topics and case studies

On the second day of the conference, six different workshops focusing on the practical aspects of Product Compliance were on offer to participants:

  • Standards Management – Practical issues, organization and objectives from a business point of view
  • Product Compliance in the business' structure – As much as is needed and as little as possible
  • Market authorization requirements for electrical products in the global movement of goods
  • Products with integrated wireless transmission (radio) components – Legally compliant implementation of the Radio Equipment Directive
  • Dialog between economic operators and public authorities – Current issues regarding CE marking, obligations of economic operators and liability issues
  • Application of the Conformity Assessment procedure without a specific product standard

A Recommendation for Action in German and English, with sample Declaration of Conformity forms, developed in the "Products with Integrated Wireless Transmission Components" workshop will be made available here shortly.

Impressions of the 6th Globalnorm Product Compliance Conference

Captivating expert panel debates

GLOBALnorm Product Compliance expert Michael Loerzer

Opportunities for individual consultation on practical issues

Informative lectures

Knowledge exchange with GLOBALNORM experts

"The informal setting of the conference enabled everyone to connect with relevant public authorities and gain insight into how other organizations were dealing with CE marking issues."

Albert Herdt, Engineer, High Performance Electronics, EWM AG, Mündersbach

"Knowledge exchange between representatives of different industry sectors provided reassurance of not being alone in mastering the challenges of Product Compliance.  Moreover, involving a market surveillance authority in the discussion was very good."

Michael Schweizer, Machine Solutions Certification Manager, Schneider Electric Automation GmbH, Marktheidenfeld

"A very good mix of relevant presentations.  GLOBALNORM staff as well as the external speakers and the attendees made good use of the conference as a truly solution-oriented platform."

Dieter Bauer, Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH, Stuttgart

"Factual, proficient lectures with practical examples of implementation for general requirements.  A very well structured event, especially the round table discussions at the end offered a welcome opportunity for in-depth discussions."

Wolfgang Scholer, Development Manager, ROTEX Heating Systems GmbH, Güglingen

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