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Consumers (13-02-2013)

Safer products and a level playing field in the internal market

The European Commission proposed today new rules to improve the safety of consumer products circulating in the Single Market. The two Regulations being proposed, replace several directives and will step-up market surveillance concerning all non-food products, including those imported from 3rd countries. This will contribute both to strengthening consumer protection and to creating a level playing field for businesses. Unsafe products should not reach consumers or other users and their improved identification and traceability will be a key improvement that will help to take them quickly out of the market. Once adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council the new rules will be enforced by the national market surveillance authorities in the Member States which will benefit from strengthened cooperation and enhanced tools to carry out controls.