89/45/EEC: Council Decision of 21 December 1988 on a Community system for the rapid exchange of information on dangers arising from the use of consumer products
OJ L 17, 21.1.1989, p. 51–52 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT)
of 21 December 1988
on a Community system for the rapid exchange of information on dangers arising from the use of consumer products
THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, and in particular Article 235 thereof,
Having regard to the proposal from the Commission (1),
Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament (2),
Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee (3),
Whereas, pursuant to the preliminary programme of the European Economic Community for a consumer protection and information policy (4), goods offered to consumers must be such that, under normal or foreseeable conditions of use, they present no risk to health or safety of consumers; whereas where such risks exist, suitable measures should be introduced for informing consumers thereof, improving the conditions of use of the goods, or withdrawing them from the market by quick and simple procedures;
Whereas, in cases where it is established that consumer products marketed in the Community may endanger the health and safety of users in such a way that the rapid implementation of appropriate measures is called for, means should exist for the rapid exchange at Community level of information concerning such products and to this end an organized system should be established;
Whereas an information system of this type would appear necessary in order to attain one of the Community's objectives as regards the protection and information of consumers;
Whereas consumer products intended exclusively for professional use should be excluded from the scope of this Directive; whereas products under other Community instruments which are the subject of equivalent notification procedures should also be excluded;
Whereas, moreover, an advisory committee should be set up under the aegis of the Commission to advise on any problems connected with the administration of the system;
Whereas, in order to assess the conditions of operation of such an information system, the Council adopted Decision 84/133/EEC of 2 March 1984 introducing a Community system for the rapid exchange of information on dangers arising from the use of consumer products (5) with a period of application of four years; whereas that Decision expired on 6 March 1988;
Whereas at the end of that period the Commission submitted a report on the system;
Whereas, without prejudice to other Commission proposals on consumer safety in particular, the Community system for the rapid exchange of information, provided for by this Decision, should also have a limited application period;
Whereas the Treaty does not provide, for the action concerned, powers other than those of Article 235,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:
1. Any Member State which decides to take urgent steps to prevent, restrict or attach particular conditions to the marketing or use or the possible marketing or use on its territory of a product, or a product batch, because of the serious and immediate risk which that product or product batch presents for the health or safety of consumers when used in normal and foreseeable conditions, shall immediately inform the Commission thereof. Whenever possible, the producer, distributor or importer of the product or product batch shall first be consulted.
2. Such information shall contain:
- particulars enabling the product or product batch to be identified, including the type and characteristics,
- particulars of the nature and gravity of the risks in question,
- particulars of the steps which the Member State has decided to take.
3. On receipt of this information, the Commission shall verify its conformity with the terms of this Decision and shall forward it to the competent authorities of the other Member States.
This Decision shall apply to all products intended for use by consumers except:
(a) products intended exclusively for professional use;
(b) products which under other Community instruments are the subject of equivalent notification procedures.
The competent authorities of a Member State shall inform the Commission as soon as possible of any measures they may have taken following receipt of the information referred to in Article 1 (3). On receipt of this information, the Commission shall in turn forward it to the competent authorities of the other Member States.
Detailed procedures for the transmission of the information referred to in Article 1 shall be adopted by the Commission in agreement with the competent authorities of the Member States.
Each Member State shall indicate to the Commission one or more competent national authorities designated to forward or receive the information referred to in Articles 1 and 3. On receipt of this indication, the Commission shall forward it to the competent authorities of the other Member States.
In justified cases, and if the competent authority of the Member State supplying information under this Decision so requests, the information shall be treated as confidential.
1. An advisory committee, hereinafter referred to as 'the committee', shall be set up at the Commission, consisting of two representatives per Member State and shall have a representative of the Commission as chairman. The representatives of the Member States may be accompanied by up to two experts per Member State.
2. The committee may examine any problem relating to the implementation and administration of the information system which is referred to it by its chairman either on his own initiative or at the request of a representative of a Member State.
3. The Commission shall provide the secretariat for the committee.
This Decision shall apply until 30 June 1990. By 30 June 1989, the Commission shall submit a report on the operation of the system, accompanied by proposals on the basis of which the Council may decide upon the continuation or revision of the system.
This Decision is addressed to the Member States.
Done at Brussels, 21 December 1988.
For the Council
(1) OJ No C 124, 11. 5. 1988, p. 9.
(2) OJ No C 235, 12. 9. 1988, p. 174.
(3) OJ No C 175, 4. 7. 1988, p. 11.
(4) OJ No C 92, 25. 4. 1975, p. 1.
(5) OJ No L 70, 13. 3. 1984, p. 16.