|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 135, Pages 1-51|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, Legislation, News, Policy-making|
Regulation (EU) 2023/988 - adopted by the co-legislators on 10 May 2023 - concerning general product safety. It introduces amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 and Directive (EU) 2020/1828. It repeals Directive 2001/95/EC and Council Directive 87/357/EEC. This is a text with EEA relevance. It is known as the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR).
This Regulation lays down essential rules on the safety of consumer products placed or made available on the market. The objective is to improve the functioning of the internal market while providing for a high level of consumer protection. It replaced Directive 2001/95/EC - known as the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) - and repealed Council Directive 87/357/EEC, which regulated products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.
The need for revision of the GPSD was first highlighted in the 2011 Single Market Act. An attempt at launched such revision took place in 2013 as part of a legislative package on product safety, but negotiations stalled and the initiative was later withdrawn.
The draft law for this Act was adopted by the European Commission on 30 June 2021. It was in line with the 2020 New Consumer Agenda. It sought o update the existing rules to address challenges linked to new technologies and online sales. It also aimed to ensure that the regime provided greater consistency between harmonised and non-harmonised products, in line with the provisions set out by Regulation (EU) 2019/1020.
The plenary of the European Parliament endorsed a negotiating position on 24 June 2022. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 20 July. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 28 November. This was formally endorsed by Parliament on 30 March 2023, followed by the Council on 25 April. The Act was signed by the co-legislators on 10 May 2023 and published in the Official Journal on 23 May 2023.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Consumer Rights | Protection|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|