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New product safety regulation and market surveillance Regulation

The European Union wants et al in 2015 replace the existing Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC by the new product safety regulation.

A Regulation of the European Union is an act of the European Union general validity and immediate effectiveness in the Member States and must not be implemented until.

The following is a brief summary of the new product safety and market surveillance package:

At the moment, Union rules on market surveillance and consumer product safety are fragmented and scattered over several different pieces of legislation, thus creating gaps and overlaps. The legislative proposals for product safety and market surveillance package that the Commission adopted today will enable better coherence of the rules regulating consumer products identification and traceability and improved coordination of the way authorities check products and enforce product safety rules across the European Union.

The key changes of today's package are:

  1. Alignment of the general obligations of economic operators to ensure the safety of all consumer products with clearer responsibilities for manufacturers, importers and distributors.

  2. 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.

  3. Improved traceability of consumer products throughout the supply chain – enabling a swift and effective response to safety problems (e.g. recalls). To do that manufacturers and importers shall ensure that products bear an indication of the country of origin of the product or, where the size or nature of the product does not allow it, that indication is to be provided on the packaging or in a document accompanying the product. For products manufactured in the Union, the indication shall refer to the Union or to a particular Member State. The indication of origin supplements the basic traceability requirements concerning the name and address of the manufacturer. Such information can facilitate the task of market surveillance authorities in tracing the product back to the actual place of manufacture and enable contacts with the authorities of the countries of origin in the framework of bilateral or multilateral cooperation on consumer product safety for appropriate follow up actions

  4. Creation of a more cooperative system of market surveillance across the EU.

  5. Streamlined procedures for the notification of dangerous products, and synergies between the existing Rapid Alert Information System (RAPEX) and the Information and Communication System for Market Surveillance (ICSMS).

Who will benefit and how?

  1. Consumers – Safe and compliant products throughout the EU with an even higher level of protection. This means more consumer confidence in the internal market.

  2. Manufacturers/Businesses – More coherent rules across all product sectors. This means lower compliance costs for businesses, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. Moreover better coordination of product safety checks means eliminating unfair competition from dishonest or rogue operators.

The Proposal of the new product safety regulation can be found here...

source: europa.eu