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What is Market Surveillance?

Market Surveillance ensures that public interests such as health, safety, the environment and consumers are protected. It is about the safety and environmental compatibility of vehicles, fair competition and a level playing field for all market participants.

Three pillars form the basis of KBA's effective Market Surveillance: product investigations, recalls and the possibility of sanctions.

What is Market Surveillance?

KBA is the competent Market Surveillance authority for the following products:

  • Motor vehicles and motor vehicle trailers as well as systems, components and separate technical units for these vehicles;
  • agricultural and forestry vehicles;
  • two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles.

Market Surveillance is carried out in dynamic, interlinked processes which are based on the authority's own investigations and investigation projects, but which are also carried out in response to current events and information received by KBA, for example from citizens, involved economic actors or other authorities. KBA examines every suspicion of products to expose non-compliances or hazards. If the products do not comply with the corresponding regulations or expose a serious risk, measures are taken. This includes measures such as recalls and the issuing of public warnings in the case of safety-relevant defects. KBA can also impose sanctions for administrative offences.

The legal basis for Market Surveillance in the area of road vehicles can be found in the following regulations:

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