The General Product Safety Directive

Directive 200195/EC

Scope:

The General Product Safety Directive contains safety requirements designed to prevent injuries to consumers from goods and services.
The Directive is to be applied where EU regulations do not contain specific measures regarding product safety and where current legislation is lacking.

According to the law, a product is deemed to be safe if it involves little or no inherent risk to health or safety when used normally.

The manufacturer is obligated to provide information to enable consumers to assess the risks inherent with the product (if they are not immediately obvious) and provide information on precautions to avoid them.

Suppliers are also obligated to provide consumers with products which conform to general product safety requirements, to monitor the safety of the product on the market and make sure that the products are traceable.