Consumer products that fall outside the scope of any CE marking legislation must comply with the requirements of the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EU. This directive applies when the specific European safety regulations of certain product categories are missing. These products do not require CE marking but must meet the general safety requirements for consumer products before they can be traded freely on the European Union market.
The General Product Safety Directive obliges the manufacturers to place on the market only safe products. The safe product is the product that complies with the relevant European standards. In other cases, the product safety is assessed on the basis of:
Manufacturers must provide the consumer with information that enables them to form an opinion on product safety during the normal or reasonably foreseeable period of use. In addition, manufacturers should take appropriate actions to prevent risks, including withdrawal from the market, appropriate and effective warning of consumers and the recall of relevant products.
Distributors must help to ensure the product compliance with the applicable safety requirements, in particular by not supplying products, which they know do not comply with those requirements.
The General Product Safety Directive does not require the affixing of a CE marking or issuing an EU Declaration of Conformity. However, manufacturers are obliged to comply with the Directive.
Certification Company assist the complete safety inspection in accordance with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC.
In addition to complete certification you can contact us for the following services:
The General Product Safety Directive contains the legal obligations for each type of economic operators (manufacturer, importer, distributor). The following step-by-step plan has been drawn up for the manufacturer.
Be aware! Steps 4 and 5 are not mandatory based on the General Product Safety Directive. Those procedures are derived from sectoral Directives and Regulations concerning the CE marking.
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