26 November 2021
30 June 2021

EU makes first, significant step towards better product safety law

The European Commission today presented a proposal to reform the bloc’s main product safety law, called the General Product Safety Directive. Consumer groups welcome that the Commission proposes to improve the law in light of today’s product safety challenges, while retaining the spirit and strong points of the existing law.
28 June 2021

All eyes on EU this week to improve outdated product safety law

On Wednesday (30 June), the European Commission is expected to lay out a plan to reform its General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). Consumer groups urge for an ambitious overhaul of this law.

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Dangerous substances contained in everyday products such as soaps, toothpaste and shampoo may cause allergies, cancer, disrupt the hormonal system or damage the environment. Among these chemicals are nanomaterials which are increasingly used in consumer products, although the risks they may pose to human health and the environment have not been sufficiently assessed.

Unsafe ‘CE mark’ products continue to be found on the European market. The high number of product safety warnings and product recalls show the need to revise general and sector-specific product safety legislation in order to adequately cover all risks which may be posed by products. Market surveillance and control activities are insufficient to ensure the highest level of safety possible and the level of enforcement is not yet the same across the EU. 

Our objectives

  • Improve the general safety of products sold on the EU market and establish a European accident and injury database
  • Minimise exposure for consumers and the environment to dangerous chemicals
  • Adequately and urgently address the potential risks posed by harmful chemicals including nanotechnologies and hormone disrupting chemicals



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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

Rue d'Arlon, 80 Bte 1 
B - 1040 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 743 15 93

Sylvia Maurer
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Senior Safety and Health Policy Officer
Pelle Moos
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Senior Project Officer
Florence Punzano
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Pauline Constant
Carmen Martin