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New EU Regulation on General Product Safety to Take Effect in 2024

The new regulation on general product safety specifies consumer products that are subject to its scope, and imposes general safety requirement for them, details the obligations of economic operators and providers of online marketplaces, and establishes a market surveillance network.

On May 23, 2023, EU published the new law Regulation (EU) 2023/988 on General Product Safety (GPSR) in its Official Journal, repealing Directive 87/357/EEC and Directive 2001/95/EC. This regulation aims to strengthen the protection of consumers while enhancing the functioning of the internal market. It will enter into force on June 12, 2023, with a transitional period of 18 months. From December 13, 2024, it shall be fully enforced in all Member States.1

Directive 87/357/EEC regulates non-food products that resemble food, which may be mistakenly ingested by consumers, endangering their health or safety. It was adopted at a time when the regulations for consumer product safety have very limited application scope. Directive 2001/95/EC specifies the safety requirement for consumer products and the responsibilities of market surveillance authorities of Member States. However, it needs to be revised to reflect the developments of new technologies and online selling. To clarify the regulatory framework for consumer products and align the market surveillance on them across the Union, the new regulation GPSR was stipulated to replace the previous directives. This article introduces the highlights of the regulation.

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