General Product Safety Regulation - Comments of Independent Retail Europe

The EU Commission has proposed several revisions of the product safety legislations. Besides initiatives on machinery products, toys, market surveillance and Artificial Intelligence, a proposal on product safety has been published on 30 June in 2021. We generally support the EU’s ambition of an efficient product safety net and an increased level of product safety within the EU. However, we wish to raise some important considerations to ensure that the new obligations under the proposed General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR) do not translate into burdensome or contradicting obligations for economic operators and especially retailers, but truly and directly benefit EU consumers.