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  Operational Guidelines for business notificationsslide

These new guidelines set out the practical details of how businesses should notify dangerous consumer products to the competent authorities.

The Guidelines are addressed both to producers and distributors of consumer products and to national authorities designated as contact points to receive notifications from producers and distributors.

The General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) requires producers and distributors to place only safe consumer products on the market and to take all the necessary measures to prevent risks for consumers. Among such measures, the Directive introduces the obligation for producers and distributors to notify the competent authorities appointed by the Member States when a product available on the market proves to be dangerous.

If a product is found to be dangerous, the producer or distributor must inform the authorities through the notification procedure. Depending on the nature of the risk, the authorities might require further action from the producer or distributor. This could be a warning to the public of the risk connected with the product, banning the marketing of the product and withdrawing the product from the market.

The European Commission will monitor the application of the Guidelines, which may be updated in the light of experience and new developments. Feedback from stakeholders is welcomed.

Consult the Guidelines Updated on 14-12-2004

Please read the leaflet prepared by the European Commission in order to promote an obligation of producers and distributors to notify to the competent national authorities of the Member States unsafe products placed on the EU market

See also: Product Safety in Europe: A Guide to corrective actions including recalls-

The European Commission hosted in Brussels on 1 December 2006 a workshop on 'Economic Operators Obligation to Notify Dangerous Products'.
Please click here to read a short summary of the event.



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