From time to time, MCCAA seeks to obtain the input of industry, commercial entities and citizens on matters that affect them through a public consultation process. Through this form of interaction MCCAA aims at improving its efficiency, transparency and public involvement in the implementation of projects, the enactment of laws and formulation of new policies. During public consultation, MCCAA notifies and informs the public of policies, regulation and standards that it intends to introduce. Subsequently, a consultation process and an exchange of views, takes place with all interested parties. Constituted bodies and representative organisations are invited to participate in the drafting of policy, legislation and standards.
19 November 2013
Consultation Document - Draft Legal Notice - The Consumer Rights Regulations
The draft legal notice relates to Malta's obligation to transpose Directive 2011/83/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on consumer rights (Consumer Rights Directive) which for most part of it is a full harmonization directive. The Directive aims at achieving a real business-to-consumer (B2C) internal market, striking the right balance between a high level of consumer protection and the competitiveness of enterprises.
The draft legal notice and the Consumer Rights Directive may be downloaded through the following links:
Comments are welcome up to 29 November 2013 and can be sent to email@example.com under the subject 'Consultation on Consumer Rights Regulations'.
14 October 2013
Request for feedback on proposals to the Aerosol Dispensers Directive (ADD)
The European Commission is carrying out a study to consider the potential impacts of two European Aerosol Federation (FEA) proposals to the Aerosol Dispensers Directive (ADD). These proposals are limited in scope and relate only to the technical requirements of the ADD. Consequently, they may be implemented within the comitology procedure as an Adaptation to Technical Progress.
To assist with this analysis, it would be helpful if interested parties answer a short on-line questionnaire. Please access the questionnaire which best describes your organisation by CLICKING HERE.
2 October 2013
Draft Regulations laying down Ecodesign requirements and Energy labelling for Solid Fuel Boilers
19 August 2013 - A new RoHS Consultatioin On-line
A new online stakeholder consultation started in August 19th 2013 and will continue until November 11th 2013.
All corresponding information can be found HERE
Kindly participate actively in this exercise in order to allow carry out an evaluation on the basis of as much fact-based evidence as possible.
The consultation covers 5 RoHS exemption requests:
Exemption request 2013-1 "Lead as thermal stabilizer in Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) used as base for substrates in amperometric, potentiometric and conductometric electrochemical sensors"
Exemption request 2013-2 "Cadmium in colour converting II-VI LEDs (< 10 μg Cd per mm2 of light-emitting area) for use in solid state illumination or display systems" (Request for renewal of Exemption 39 of Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU)
Exemption request 2013-3 "Lead in solders used in boards of heart-lung machines" exemption to expire in 2017
Exemption request 2013-4 "Mercury used in high speed rotating electrical connectors (slip ring) with electrical conduction paths that have sealed liquid mercury, molecularly bonded to the contacts”
Exemption request 2013-5 "Cadmium in light control materials used for display devices"
8 August 2013
Draft Maltese Standard for Public Comment
The Standards and Metrology Institute of MCCAA has made available to the public a draft Maltese standard DSM 3600:2013 "Indoor Play Facilities - Safety Requirements for Indoor Play Facilities and their Management". The draft standard is available for download from HERE.
Comments are welcome up to 31st September 2013. These can be sent to Head of Standardization and will be considered by the Technical Committee before finalizing the Standard. The Draft Standard may be modified before being issued as a Maltese Standard.
17 July 2013
DG ENTR has started an internal Commission consultation (interservice consultation or ISC) on possible future measures under Ecodesign for small, medium and large power transformers.
The consultation will come to an end on 2nd of August 2013, following which the WTO in the framework of the Technical Barriers to Trade agreement will be notified.
CLICK HERE to access the Commission Working Document Ecodesign Transformers June 2013
Draft Regulations laying down Ecodesign requirements and Energy Labelling for local space heaters
G/TBT/N/EU/135 (energy labelling)
10 July 2013
Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of The Council on the Harmonisation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Making Available on the Market of Pressure Equipment (Recast)
14 June 2013
Public Consultation on the draft regulations providing for the power to waive or reduce the applicable fine in cartel investigations.
Report from the COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL On The Voluntary Ecodesign Scheme For Complex Set-Top Boxes
Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS2
Within the ongoing “Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS2”, commissioned by DG Environment (European Commission), a methodology for the identification and assessment of substances for a potential restriction under RoHS2 has been drafted:
This methodology approach was adapted, taken into consideration the results of the 1st stakeholder meeting held on 13th of March 2013 in Brussels. A methodology manual which gives guidance for the application of the methodology for further reviews of Annex II of RoHS2 is currently elaborated. A draft will be made available on the project website in the first week of May 2013.
In order to give Member States, industry stakeholders and NGOs the possibility for further contribution, the draft methodology manual is put up for discussion within the 2nd stakeholder meeting held by the EU Commission on May 14th, 2013 in Brussels.
The following are the available public consultation initiatives that are available online:
Upcoming Regulatory Committee Meeting will be taking place on 13 March 2013 - to view ICD 10/2013 CLICK HERE
Information regarding Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Legislation
For the attention of the manufacturers, the authorised representatives, the importers, the distributors, the store keepers and/ or owners in Malta, an Information Consultation Document, ICD 09/2013 containing Legislation information regarding the below mentioned products:
- Air conditioners and comfort fans
- Household tumble driers
- Water pumps
- Directional lamps, light emitting diode lamps and related equipment
- Electrical lamps and luminaires
- Ultraviolet radiation of non-directional household lamps
- Fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast, for high intensity discharge lamps, and for ballasts and luminaires able to operate such lamps
- Glandless standalone circulators and glandless circulators integrated in products
All the contents of this message are being given gratuitously and without prejudice. They are of purely informational character and the Authority shall not accept any liability or claim for damages arising out of such contents.
For more information, call the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority on 2395 2000.
Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the voluntary ecodesign scheme for imaging equipment
Information Consultation Documents (ICD)
ICD 5/2013 - Communication from the Commission on the Implementation of the Energy Star Programme in the European Union in the Period 2006-2010
Eur-Lex Official Journal 2011-C264
ICD 6/2013 - Green Paper for Lighting the Future Acceleration the Deployment of Innovative Lighting Technologies
Eur-Lex Official Journal -2012-C102
ICD 7/2013 - Proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the European Union on the Coordination of Energy-Efficiency Labelling Programmes for Office Equipment
Eur-Lex Official Journal 2012 C171
Europa - Press Releases - 3198e Session du Conseil Affaires economiques et financieres Bruxelles, le 13 novembre 2012
ICD 8/2013 - The Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Union Energy-Efficiency Labelling Programme for Office Equipment amending Regulation (EC) No 106/2008 on a Community Energy-Efficiency Labelling Programme for Office Equipment
Eur-Lex Official Journal-2012-C191
21 December 2012 - Online RoHS Consultation
A new online stakeholder consultation started on December 21st 2012 and will run for eight weeks until February 15th 2013. All corresponding information can be found under: http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=174. We kindly invite you to participate actively in this exercise in order to allow carry out an evaluation on the basis of as much fact-based evidence as possible.
The consultation covers 3 RoHS exemption requests:
· Exemption request 17a "Lead in glass of electronic components and fluorescent tubes, or in electronic ceramic parts (including dielectric ceramic capacitors) used in industrial monitoring & control instruments (only sub-category 9 industrial)", exemption to expire in 2024
· Exemption request 18a "Lead used in compliant pin connector systems for use in industrial monitoring and control instruments (only sub-category 9 industrial)", exemption to expire in 2024
· Exemption request 20a "Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) for back-lighting liquid crystal displays not exceeding 5 mg per lamp used in industrial monitoring and control instruments (only sub-category 9 industrial)"
If you are interested in further information on the RoHS exemptions project, please register under http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=4. We will only use registrations for further project communication!
If you would like to see the corresponding information, please visit the consultation webpage under: http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=152.
Consultation Document: Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations, 2012 - Any views or comments should be submitted by not later than 23rd November 2012 at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultation Document: A National Strategy For Consumer Education- Replies to this consultation should be submitted by not later than 30th September 2012 at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
Draft standard: DSM 3000-1 “Principles for Quality Agricultural Products produced in Malta – General Requirements” - Comments on the DSM3000-1 should be submitted by not later than 17th August 2012 at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org