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The Health and Consumers Directorate-General of the European Commission identified the need to improve the way the general product safety regime in the EU works.

With input from stakeholders, the Commission was able to identify four main areas in need of improvement:

  • procedures for launching standardisation ("mandating European Standardisation Organisations") under the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)

  • harmonisation of safety evaluations

  • market surveillance cooperation and coordination

  • alignment of economic operator obligations with the New Legislative Framework for goods ( NLF)

The Health and Consumers Directorate-General identified and listed the issues in detail and proposed a set of solutions. In this context, it launched a public consultation from mid-May to mid-August 2010, seeking views from different stakeholder groups.


International Product Safety Week: Workshop on the revision of the GPSD – 1 December 2010

A stakeholder conference in December 2010 in Brussels brought together some 120 non-food, consumer product safety professionals from around the world. They represented regulators, businesses, consumer organisations, standard-makers, test laboratories, academics and experts.


Presentation of the Commission on the results of the public consultation pdf


Presentations of stakeholders


Discussion questions pdf


Outcomes

The impact assessment focuses on:

  • Quicker procedures for launching standardisation;

  • Direct application of temporary "emergency" measures to economic operators (Art. 13 of GPSD) and extending their validity from the current, 1 year renewable;

  • Better cooperation between Member States (e.g. through a coordination forum and coordinated market surveillance);

  • Simpler notification procedures, i.e. Rapid Alert System for non-food consumer products (RAPEX);

  • Aligning the GPSD with the New Legislative Framework for marketing of products (e.g. provisions on traceability and obligations of economic operators).


Next Steps

The Commission is assessing the impacts of the revision.

It will submit a proposal to the Council and the European Parliament towards end of 2012.


Results of the public consultation on the revision of the General Product Safety Directive

Report on the public consultation on the revision of the General Product Safety Directive pdf


Position papers

  1. ANEC pdf
  2. BEUC pdf
  3. BRE pdf
  4. BusinessEurope pdf
  5. CBI pdf
  6. CEN-CENELEC pdf
  7. EPEE pdf
  8. Eurocommerce pdf
  9. MEDEF pdf
  10. ORGALIME pdf
  11. Oxylane pdf
  12. PROSAFE pdf
  13. UEAPME pdf


Summary Consultation papers Questionnaires
Standardisation procedures under the General Product Safety Directive pdf
Harmonisation of diverging safety evaluations of consumer products pdf
Market surveillance framework in the product safety area pdf
Alignment with the Free Movement of Products Package pdf

 
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