|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Internal Market Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs|
|Series Details||COM (2022) 495|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 28 September 2022, aimed at modernising the existing rules on the strict liability of manufacturers for defective products. This is a text with EEA relevance.
The proposed Directive aims to repeal Directive 85/374/EEC - also known as the Product Liability Directive (PLD). The PLD's objective is to provide a common system for compensating people who suffer physical injury or damage to property due to defective products. Since its adoption in the 1980s, there have been changes in the way products are produced, distributed and operated. An assessment was carried out to the PLD in 2018, which highlighted several shortcomings. Those shortcomings were subsequently further analysed in different reports concerning artificial intelligence (AI) and new technologies.
The revision of the PLD seeks to ensure the functioning of the internal market, free movement of goods, undistorted competition between market operators, and a high level of protection of consumers' health and property. The proposed Directive aims to:
The draft law was adopted by the European Commission on 28 September 2022.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Consumer Rights | Protection|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|