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  • April 19, 2022
  • WTO

EU proposal for a Regulation on general product safety, amending Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 and repealing Council Directive 87/357/EEC and Directive 2001/95/EC

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This proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on general product safety aims at revising Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety. The proposal confirms the key requirement that consumer products placed or made available on the EU market must be safe. According to the proposal a consumer product  can  benefit  from  the presumption  of  safety  if  it  complies  with  the  relevant European  standard  referenced  in  the Official  Journal  of  the  European  Unionor,  in  the absence of such European standards, it conforms to the relevant national requirements.

The proposal includes a set of clear obligations for economic operators (manufacturers, importers, distributors, fulfilment service providers), including the drawing up of technical documentation by manufacturers and traceability in the supply chain. The proposal also provides  for  specific  obligations  for  online  marketplaces  relevant  for  product  safety (including clear deadlines for reactions to government takedown orders and third party notices and ensuring that traders provide minimum product and traceability information in their listings). Moreover, the proposal enhances market surveillance by largely aligning the  market  surveillance  rules  for  non-harmonised  products  to  the  market  surveillance rules set up for harmonised products in Regulation (EU) 2019/1020. The proposal also replaces and repeals the Council Directive 87/357/EEC of 25 June 1987 on food-imitating products.

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