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General Product Safety Regulation (EU) 2023/988 obliges
GPSR Risk Analysis Required

Mandatory for almost every product: According to the GPSR, producers must draw up technical documentation for the products they place on the market. The technical documentation must be based on an internal risk analysis.

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General Product Safety Regulation requires Responsible Person
EU Responsible Person Service for the GPSR and more

Since 16 July 2021, it is against the law to sell products with CE marking without a Responsible Person in the EU. In addition, a Responsible Person must also be specified in accordance with the General Product Safety Regulation (EU) 2023/988.

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General Product Safety Directive

2001/95/EC Product Safety Act ProdSG

With the General Product Safety Directive, the EU has cast a net that applies to all products within the European Economic Area. This also applies if a CE directive, such as the directive on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), is applicable to a product. Other directives, e.g. the Machinery Directive, in turn cover this area completely, which means that the requirements according to 2001/95/EC then no longer apply.
If only the Product Safety Directive applies to a product, this product may not bear a CE marking and an EU Declaration of Conformity may not be issued. You can find background information on this EU regulation for non-food products at the website of our partner ProductIP.

Important notes on this directive / Product Safety Directive compact:

  • If only the Product Safety Directive (Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety) applies to a product, this product may not bear a CE marking and an EU Declaration of Conformity may not be issued. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • It is expected that from/as of July 16, 2021, the EU Market Surveillance Regulation (MÜ-VO) with the directive number 2019/1020 will come into force. This will replace the current Market Surveillance Regulation and contains far-reaching changes. For example, the new MÜ-VO will improve the possibilities for market surveillance authorities to review the requirements of the Product Safety Directive. We strongly advise you to make preparations in this regard now. 

These products are exclusively affected by the general product safety directive

As a rule of thumb, all equipment that ...

  • are not electrically operated,
  • have no conductors,
  • have no measuring function,
  • have no protective function,
  • are not intended for play,
  • do not store energy

are likely to fall exclusively under the general product safety directive. Examples are bicycles, simple furniture, decorative items, textiles, jewelry, shoes.

Legally compliant implementation of the General Product Safety Directive

Even if an EU declaration of conformity does not have to be drawn up for the products concerned, the implementation of the respective requirements must still be documented and the product correctly labeled. 

-> Only those who act in compliance with the law are safely protected from official sanctions. We help you to implement the necessary measures.

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