Monday February 08, 2021
DG Justice Has Eight Safety Ideas for AI & Connected Products
A just-available December report from DG Justice and Consumers gave eight recommendations related to issues like artificial intelligence (AI) and connected products. The target was potential updates to the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). The first was the most complex and involved revising the legal definition of safe product with three considerations:
The other seven suggestions in the report (bit.ly/3oK4lH7) included:
On substantial modification, the report explains that one approach might involve:
"The question arises whether the provisions already existing in the GPSD are sufficient to cover this question: indeed Article 2(b) of the GPSD says that: (b) "safe product" shall mean any product which, under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use including duration and, where applicable, putting into service, installation and maintenance requirements, does not present any risk or only the minimum risks compatible with the product's use, considered to be acceptable and consistent with a high level of protection for the safety and health of persons…Consequently, any modification that would not match this definition would be considered as a substantial modification."
Alternatively, mandates might look at how changes affect intended functioning, the nature of any resulting hazard, and how the modification occurs (such as whether by consumers).