Product safety: general rules

The EU aims to ensure a high level of consumer safety when the public buy goods on sale in Europe.

ACT

Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THE DIRECTIVE DO?

It requires firms to ensure that items on sale are safe and to take corrective action when that is found not to be the case.

It introduces an EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products*. This enables national authorities to share information promptly on any measures taken to withdraw such products from sale.

KEY POINTS

SINCE WHEN HAS THE DIRECTIVE APPLIED?

It has been in force since 15 January 2002.

KEY TERMS

* Product: any item intended for sale to, or likely to be used by, consumers, whether it is new, used or reconditioned.

For details, see the General Product Safety Directive.

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition into the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2001/95/EC

15.1.2002

15.1.2004

OJ L 11, 15.1.2002, pp. 4-17

Amending act (s)

Entry into force

Transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EC) No 765/2008

1.1.2010

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OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, pp. 30-47

Regulation (EC) No 596/2009

7.8.2009

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OJ L 188, 18.7.2009, pp. 14-92

RELATED ACTS

2010/15/EU: Commission Decision of 16 December 2009 laying down guidelines for the management of the Community Rapid Information System RAPEX established under Article 12 and of the notification procedure established under Article 11 of Directive 2001/95/EC (the General Product Safety Directive) (OJ L 22, 26.1.2010, pp. 1-64)

Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of the Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on general product safety (OJ C 38,17.2.2009, pp. 11-14)

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and to the Council on the implementation of Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety (COM(2008) 905 final of 14 January 2009)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on consumer product safety and repealing Council Directive 87/357/EEC and Directive 2001/95/EC (COM(2013) 78 final of 13.2.2013)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council market surveillance of products and amending Council Directives 89/686/EEC and 93/15/EEC, and Directives 94/9/EC, 94/25/EC, 95/16/EC, 97/23/EC, 1999/5/EC, 2000/9/EC, 2000/14/EC, 2001/95/EC, 2004/108/EC, 2006/42/EC, 2006/95/EC, 2007/23/EC, 2008/57/EC, 2009/48/EC, 2009/105/EC, 2009/142/EC, 2011/65/EU, Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 and Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (COM(2013) 75 final of 13.2.2013)

last update 14.09.2015