Accept Refuse

EUR-Lex Access to European Union law

This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website

Document 21994A0103(53)

Agreement on the European Economic Area - Annex III - Product liability - List provided for in Article 23 (c)

OJ L 1, 3.1.1994, p. 321–321 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT)

In force


Agreement on the European Economic Area - Annex III - Product liability - List provided for in Article 23 (c)

Official Journal L 001 , 03/01/1994 P. 0321 - 0321



List provided for in Article 23(c)


When the acts referred to in this Annex contain notions or refer to procedures which are specific to the Community legal order, such as:

- preambles;

- the addressees of the Community acts;

- references to territories or languages of the EC;

- references to rights and obligations of EC Member States, their public entities, undertakings or individuals in relation to each other; and

- references to information and notification procedures;

Protocol 1 on horizontal adaptations shall apply, unless otherwise provided for in this Annex.


385 L 0374: Council Directive 85/374/EEC of 25 July 1985 on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning liability for defective products (OJ No L 210, 7.8.1985, p. 29).

The provisions of the Directive shall, for the purposes of the Agreement, be read with the following adaptations:

(a) as regards the liability of the importer as foreseen in Article 3(2), the following shall apply:

(i) without prejudice to the liability of the producer any person who imports into the EEA a product for sale, hire, leasing or any form of distribution in the course of his business shall be responsible as a producer;

(ii) the same applies as concerns imports from an EFTA State into the Community or from the Community into an EFTA State or from an EFTA State into another EFTA State.

From the date of entry into force for any EC Member State or EFTA State of the Lugano Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters of 16 September 1988, the first sentence of this subparagraph shall no longer apply between those States which have ratified the Convention to the extent a national judgment in favour of the injured person is, by the fact of those ratifications, enforceable against the producer or the importer within the meaning of subparagraph (i);

(iii) Switzerland and Liechtenstein may waive importer's liability between themselves;

(b) as regards Article 14 the following shall apply:

the Directive shall not apply to injury or damage arising from nuclear accidents and covered by an international convention ratified by EFTA States and EC Member States.

For Switzerland and Liechtenstein in addition the Directive shall not apply if their national law provides equivalent protection to that afforded by international conventions within the meaning mentioned above.