Safety of Products

April 2013

On 13 February the European Commission adopted a legislative package on product safety consisting of a Consumer product regulation and a proposal for a single Regulation on Market Surveillance of Products.

The key changes of the package are:

  • Alignment of the general obligations of economic operators to ensure the safety of all consumer products with clearer responsibilities for manufacturers, importers and distributors.
  • More effective tools to enforce safety and other product-related requirements and to take action against dangerous and non-compliant product across all sectors through a single set of coherent rules for market surveillance.
  • Improved traceability of consumer products throughout the supply chain

From the consumers’ perspective, the Regulation will secure the circulation of safe and compliant products throughout the EU with an even higher level of protection that will ultimately enhance consumers’ confidence. From the business perspective the package is meant to entail lower compliance costs for business and for SMEs.

The proposals will now be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. The new legislation is expected to come into effect in 2015 and to lead to creation of a more cooperative system of market surveillance across the EU.

This legislation will substitute/ replace Directive 87/357/EEC on food-imitating products and Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety that are both outdated.