Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package
With a new package of legislative and non-legislative measures the European Commission wants to improve consumer product safety and to strengthen market surveillance of products in the EU.
The package is being discussed in the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
The package includes:
Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on consumer product safety, repealing Directive (87/357/EEC) on dangerous imitations and Directive 2001/95/EC (General Product Safety Directive (GPSD))
European Parliament and Member States discuss proposals by the Commission.
An overview of legislative procedure is available on the website of the European Parliament. The development of the legislative decision-making process can be followed on Pre-Lex or on the "Legislative Observatory" of the European Parliament.
February 2013 - European Commission proposed the product safety and market surveillance package
September 2012 - impact assessment report
The Commission approved the impact assessment report for the proposal of a Regulation on general product safety and the proposal of a Regulation on market surveillance (for products).
January-March 2011 - targeted stakeholder workshops
Four workshops were held on market surveillance cooperation, traceability, standardisation and legal architecture.
May-August 2010 - public consultation
The consultation gathered examples and figures regarding problems with the implementation and application of the General Product Safety Directive. It enabled the Commission to make a qualitative and quantitative analysis and to find viable solutions as well as room for further improvement.
December 2010 - workshop on the revision of the General Product Safety Directive
January 2009 - report on the implementation of the General Product Safety Directive
According to the report the Directive has proven to be a powerful tool for ensuring a high level of consumer protection. It has helped to track down and eliminate a vast number of unsafe products from the European market. However, it also identified a number of issues requiring revision of the EU product safety framework.