General product safety regulation |Council and European Parliament agree on new product safety rules
The Council and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the general product safety regulation (GPSR). This regulation updates the current rules to ensure that products sold both offline and online are safe and live up to European standards.
All products traded in the EU are subject to general safety requirements. However, to keep up with challenges linked to digitalisation and the increasing amount of goods and products sold online, the general product safety rules in force are no longer suited to addressing current digital and technological developments and challenges.
The GPSR therefore transforms the general product safety directive from 2001 into a regulation, modernises the rules for all economic operators (manufacturers, importers and distributers) and updates them for online businesses and online marketplaces. Transforming the directive into a regulation will ensure a sound legal framework to guarantee that products are safe and follow European standards.
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