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Product safety legislation

Products placed on the market in the EU are subject to general safety requirements. These requirements are included in the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) which aims at ensuring that only safe consumer products are sold in the EU.

Apart from the general provisions, certain categories of products are covered by sector specific legislation and product specific provisions.

Following public consultation on the revision of the current GPSD, the Commission proposed a new Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package of legislative and non-legislative measures which is supposed to improve consumer product safety and to strengthen market surveillance of products in the EU.

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