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Commission eyes safer laser products for EU consumers

05-02-2015

Today, the European Commission has requested technical safety standards to be drawn up for consumer laser products.

The standards will establish criteria for safe products. They will provide a clear framework for national market surveillance authorities to continue their efforts to ensure that dangerous laser products are not placed on the EU market for consumers.

The standards will be drawn up by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). Laser pointers, sometimes referred to as “laser pens”, are a particular concern because they have become widely available to consumers and are attractive to children. Some of them are very powerful and pose a serious risk of damage to sight in case of accidental exposure to the laser beam.

Dangerous laser products should not be made available to consumers as they can cause damage to the eyes and to the skin.

The timescale for drawing up the standards is three years. The safety requirements outlined in the Commission Decision on the safety requirements for consumer laser products will provide the basis for the standards.

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