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Content Overview

A paramount consideration for manufacturers placing products on the market is the safety of their products. Laws and regulations in countries worldwide promote the principle that only safe products should be placed on the market, and set out legal obligations on safe design and production of products, as well as appropriate warnings and labels, provision of information, reporting obligations and corrective actions.

Non-compliance can have serious implications for companies from product recalls and fines to, potentially, culminating in criminal prosecution. 

The EU boasts a mature framework when it comes to product safety providing for product specific legislation for certain categories of products e.g. electrical appliances, machinery, and gas appliances. Medicine and food have their own regimes. For other consumer products, the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) provides rules where no specific sectoral laws exist, and provides general safety requirements for non-food consumer products.

The product safety topic in C2P provides extensive coverage of global product safety legislation from general product safety laws and regulations to those focused on specific products. We cover legislation on the safety of:

  • Electrical & electronic equipment such as regulations on electrical safety/low voltage & machinery 
  • Gas appliances 
  • Pressure equipment 
  • Electrical toys 
  • Construction products

Coverage Included

Our regulatory content in C2P is historically comprehensive with a robust QA process to ensure quality, consistency and accuracy. Below is a high level summary of our coverage for this topic:
  • EU: Low Voltage Electrical Equipment, Directive 2014/25/EU
  • EU: General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD)
  • EurAsEC: Approving Technical Regulations on Safety of Machines and Equipment, Decision No. 823, 2011
  • EU: Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Sweden: Additional Provisions to EU Regulation on Gas Appliances, Regulation SFS 2018:1179
  • USA: Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. 2051-2084, 1972, As Amended 1994
  • Canada: Safety of Consumer Products Act, c. 21, 2010
  • UK: The Pressure Equipment (Safety) Regulations, SI 2016/1105
  • United Arab Emirates: General Product Safety, Federal Law No. 10, 2018

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