Guidance for officials on the notification procedure for Directive 2015/1535/EU, relating to technical standards and regulations.
From 7 October 2015, Directive 2015/1535/EU replaces Directive 98/34/EC.
There are no major changes in the new directive, but the text reflects several amendments that have been introduced.
The aim of the directive is to prevent new technical barriers to trade being created. It continues to require member states to tell the European Commission, and other member states, about their technical regulations, at a draft stage. At this stage amendments can still be introduced and a standstill period of 3 months observed before the draft technical regulation (except for urgent, fiscal and financial measures) is adopted.
Please also see the diagnostic tool, to decide whether a draft regulation or standard must be notified to the European Commission. The diagnostic tool for Directive 98/34 still applies but it will be updated shortly.
Form A should be used to notify the European Commission of proposed technical regulations.