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Monday January 08, 2018

ANEC and BEUC Give Product Safety Demands

Two EU consumer groups are urging that updates to the European product safety system include four elements. ANEC and BEUC jointly recommended (bit.ly/2Co8Y25):

  • "Expand stricter surveillance to goods sold online."
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  • "Set up a pan-European accident and injury database."
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  • "Guarantee involvement of consumer groups in the future European network for market surveillance (Union Product Compliance Board), for more transparency about the results of Member States market surveillance activities."
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  • "Take…the CE marking off the products’ packaging. The logo misleads consumers who believe it is a safety seal. It should only appear on the technical documentation where it will be accessible to the market surveillance authorities."

In late December (PSL, 1/1/18), the European Commission issued a proposal to revive the update attempt. It focused on surveillance, commission support, information sharing, other communication, and transparency.