Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety

Summary of the initiative

Objective(s): 
The Directive 2001/95/EC aims to: Develop European standards on product safety; Define how to assess safety in the absence of European standards, including codes of good practices. ("With regard to the aims of this Directive (i. e. product safety), European standards should be established by European standardisation bodies, under mandates set by the Commission assisted by appropriate Committees. In order to ensure that products in compliance with the standards fulfil the general safety requirement, the Commission assisted by a committee composed of representatives of the Member States, should fix the requirements that the standards must meet. These requirements should be included in the mandates to the standardisation bodies. In the absence of specific regulations and when the European standards established under mandates set by the Commission are not available or recourse is not made to such standards, the safety of products should be assessed taking into account in particular national standards transposing any other relevant European or international standards, Commission recommendations or national standards, international standards, codes of good practice, the state of the art and the safety which consumers may reasonably expect. Appropriate independent certification recognised by the competent authorities may facilitate proof of compliance with the applicable product safety criteria.")

Description of the Initiative

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