Developments on product safety in the EU Erik Hansson DG Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) European Commission Developments on product safety in the EU The New General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) -in force since 15 January 2004 For consumer products not regulated by specific legislation (exist for toys, electrical products, machinery, foodstuffs, cosmetics etc) Product safety requirements For (nearly) all consumer products: Safety management requirements for producers and distributors Market surveillance obligations for Member States RAPEX-system Guidance document on SANCO website:
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cons_safe/prod_safe/other_EU/cons_prod_en.htm Developments on product safety in the EU Safety management requirements for producers and distributors Monitor and follow up safety Traceability Take appropriate actions Notify authorities Developments on product safety in the EU Notification duty for producers and distributors Knowing or ought to know product placed on the market poses risk to the consumer Notify all Member States where the product has been placed on the market Exceptions, form and guidance in Guidelines
published on DG SANCO website. IT application for notifications available autumn 2006 Guidance document on SANCO website: http://ec.europa.eu/comm/consumers/cons_safe/prod_safe/gpsd/guidelines_en.htm Developments on product safety in the EU Follow-up actions on community level: Control of transposition New RAPEX-system Network set-up Consultations on standards and consumer participation Guidance documents Better transparency Developments on product safety in the EU
Decisions on new obligatory requirements CR-lighters Developments on product safety in the EU Rapid Alerts (RAPEX) in 2005 Notifications from Member States on measures ordered by authorities or voluntary measures by business concerning consumer products causing a serious risk Excludes: foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices. Link: Overviews of RAPEX notifications: http://ec.europa.eu/comm/dgs/health_consumer/dyna/rapex/rapex_archives.cfm Developments on product safety in the EU
Authority A Authority B Contact points in Member States Authority D Authority C DG A DG C DG Health and Consumer Protection DG B DG D Developments on product safety in the EU
2004 2005 Categories of products notified under Article 12 (1st January - 31th August 2006) Toys 23% Lighting equipments 8% Motor vehicles 14% Electric appliances 21%
Origin of the products notified under Article 12 (1st January - 31th August 2006) Unknow n 14% EU 25 & EFTA/EEA countries 23% China (Incl. Hong Kong) 50% Origin of the products notified under Article 12 in EU 25 & EFTA/EEA and Acceding countries (1st January - 31th August 2006) 0
Germany Italy United Kingdom Spain France The Netherlands Poland Sweden Czech Republic Switzerland Austria Greece Belgium Finland Portugal Roumania 5 10
15 20 25 30 30 28 21 15 11 8 7 4 3 3 2 2 1
1 1 1 35 Notifications by participating countries  We have taken account only the notifications validated by the Commission and consequently transmitted to Member state Article 12 notifications by Member State (1st January - 31th August 2006) 0 Germany Hungary United Kingdom Greece
Spain Finland Lithuania France Slovakia Czech Republic Ireland Bulgaria Portugal Sweden The Netherlands Belgium Poland Romania Cyprus Italy Estonia Austria Latvia Slovenia Norway
120 Measures adopted for Article 12 notifications (1st January - 31th August 2006) 180 160 154 164 138 140 120 101 100
obligatory 80 voluntary 60 31 40 20 0 0 Withdrawal from market Recall of product Ban on sale
5 3 Public warning Developments on product safety in the EU Member States co-operation Network Joint actions IT-systems for communication between Member States - ICSMS Best practice market surveillance project PROSAFE Developments on product safety in the EU
International co-operation USA CPSC China - AQSIQ ICPSC Follow up on non compliances (RAPEX) Training and information for manufacturers Emerging risks International standardisation ISO/COPOLCO Developments on product safety in the EU Reviews General principles for sector legislation (New Approach) Application of GPSD Risk assessment guidelines Injury data collection ChemRisk
Developments on product safety in the EU The future Developed enforcement co-operation and customs control Business monitoring and follow up Mandatory product specific technical requirements under GPSD Developments on product safety in the EU Guidance documents: Borderline to sectoral directives Business notification duty RAPEX operation Developments on product safety in the EU
Product safety in Europe A guide to corrective action including recalls Consensus document representing best practice Available on Commission website Developments on product safety in the EU http://ec.europa.eu/comm/consumers/ Consumer safety: Products and Services
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