New General Product Safety Regulation (EU)

Agreement has been reached (between the European Council and the European Parliament) on the EU’s proposed General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). The GPSR will replace the 2001 General Product Safety Directive.

Information on the GPSR is here. The GPSR proposal (COM(2021) 346 final) is here.

The new rules will oblige economic operators to designate a responsible person for products sold online and offline, whether they originate from the EU or from a third country.

The responsible person will be in charge of checking that technical documentation exists for the products that they are responsible for offered by the economic operator and that products are accompanied by instructions and safety information.

Following the formal adoption of the regulation and its entry into force, EU member states will have 18 months to apply the new rules on general product safety.

The GPSR will be added to Cardinal Environment EHS Legislation Registers & Checklists, where subscribers had the GPSD (the Directive), and it will also be supplied to subscribers in Britain (for look-up) purposes, again where the GPSD is already in the look-up list.

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