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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:

 

TIMELINE

2013-2014

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.

2013

February 2013 - European Commission proposed the product safety and market surveillance package

2012

September 2012 - impact assessment report

The Commission approved the impact assessment reportpdf Choose translations of the previous link   for the proposal of a Regulation on general product safety and the proposal of a Regulation on market surveillance (for products).

2011

January-March 2011 - targeted stakeholder workshops

Four workshops were held on market surveillance cooperation, traceability, standardisation and legal architecture.

2010

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

2009

January 2009 - report on the implementation of the General Product Safety Directive

According to the reportpdf Choose translations of the previous link  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.