The success of a transition strategy depends heavily on a well-functioning system of monitoring, control, and testing facilities capable of ensuring enforcement and full compliance with MEPs. Unless effective and timely market surveillance systems are enforced, substandard products will continue to enter national markets in increasing numbers, reducing energy and financial savings. Poor quality products may also create unfulfilled expectations and disappointment on the part of end users who will refrain from purchasing these products on an ongoing basis in the future.
The aim of compliance activities is to protect the market from products that fail to perform as declared in order to guarantee that satisfaction is in line with expectations. Additionally, they ensure that government regulators fulfil the objectives of their efficient lighting initiatives. The same activities also protect suppliers by ensuring that each manufacturer is subject to the same programme entry conditions. International and regional cooperation for enforcement through the sharing of test capacities, programmes and test data, is highly recommended for conducting cost-effective and efficient MVE activities.
Monitoring, verification and enforcement (MVE) activities encompass a wide range of actions:
- Monitoring is a measurement process to verify product efficiency;
- Verification is the measurement process through which declarations of conformance by lighting suppliers are confirmed;
- Enforcement is the action taken by programme administrators or other responsible parties against suppliers of non-compliant products.
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