Pitfalls in product labelling: School satchels provide protection but do not count as protective equipment?

A school bag or satchel is not considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and may not bear a CE mark based on the PPE Regulation. Incorrectly labelled satchels can sometimes get stuck in customs.

After the summer holidays, corona conditions permitting, there will be plenty of back-to-school traffic. Hopefully, children will then carry satchels that comply with DIN 58124 in terms of visibility and reflectivity. Such a satchel is in line with a protection goal of the Product Safety Act (German acronym: ProdSG). DIN 58124 has also been highlighted by the German Committee for Product Safety (AfPS) as having “presumptive effect” in accordance with the Product Safety Act. Nevertheless, a school bag or satchel is not considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and may not bear a CE mark based on the PPE Regulation. Incorrectly labelled satchels can sometimes get stuck in customs.

Does my product count as protective equipment or not? The answer to this question determines the product’s designation. Importers or fulfilment service providers predominantly source their goods from third countries, and the merchandise is thus inspected by customs. And as of this month, when the new Market Surveillance Regulation takes effect, customs authorities will be granted extended freedom of action. This is one more reason to pay attention to correct product labelling.

Take action now before customs do! trade-e-bility offers comprehensive advice on product labelling to those affected. The trade-e-bility consultants will be pleased to assist you. Please call +49/40/750687-300 or send an e-mail message to beratung@trade-e-bility.de.