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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 (prolonged)

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.

How to submit your contribution

Please fill in your contribution on-line.

In order to prepare your answers, a printable PDF-version of the survey, and MS Word-versions of the survey in English, French and German, can be downloaded.


In the interests of transparency, organisations (including, for example, NGOs, trade associations and commercial enterprises) are invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.
  • If you are a Registered organisation, please indicate the name and address of your organisation and your Register ID number on the first page of your contribution. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation.
  • If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now.
    Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a Registered organisation.
  • Responses from organisations not registered will be published separately.

The Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007).

Contact details

Responsible service     DG Enterprise and Industry, Unit F3

                                      Raw materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based industries


Postal address              European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, Unit F3
                                      Avenue d’Auderghem 45
                                      B-1049 Brussels

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