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Public consultation on information provided to consumers about characteristics of furniture products

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Policy Field

Enterprise and Industry, Furniture products

Target group(s)

Citizens and consumer organisations, market surveillance bodies, other government institutions, standardisation organisations, test laboratories, intergovernmental organisations, interest groups (manufacturers, importers and exporters, retailers, consumers, environmentalists), trade unions, individual manufacturers, individual importer and exporters, individual retailers, research institutes and consultancies.

Period of consultation

From 11.12.2013  to 18.03.2014

Objective of the consultation

Information about specific furniture product characteristics, provided to consumers at the time of purchase, may be insufficient for them to compare between different furniture products sold on the EU market as a basis for informed choices. For example, such information may relate to furniture product weight, dimensions, origin, materials and substances used, quality processes applied, product durability, instructions and precautions on use, cleaning and disposal, etc.

In this context, some EU countries have introduced or been considering developing information schemes specific to furniture products, which complement information required under the EU product safety legislation. These national schemes may well facilitate consumers’ purchasing decisions, however, their divergent information content can possibly impact the companies trading furniture across the EU.

The objective of this public consultation is therefore to gather stakeholders’ views on the possible needs for and impacts of enhanced information accompanying furniture products sold in the EU.

Results of the public consultation

The report  summarising the results of the public consultation. The results of the public consultation were incorporated in the study “The EU furniture market situation and a possible furniture products initiative”.

printable PDF-version of the survey, and MS Word-versions of the survey in English, French and German.

Contact details

Responsible serviceDG Enterprise and Industry, Unit F3
Raw materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based industries
Postal addressEuropean Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Unit F3
Avenue d’Auderghem 45
B-1049 Brussels

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