Product safety best served by simplicity

Publikováno: 16. 4. 2014

EuroCommerce regrets the outcome of the vote today in the European Parliament on the reports on the Consumer Product Safety Regulation and Market Surveillance of Products Regulation

EuroCommerce regrets the outcome of the vote today in the European Parliament on the reports on the Consumer Product Safety Regulation (CPSR) and Market Surveillance of Products Regulation (MSPR). The European Parliament wants to impose new obligations on economic operators that will not improve product safety and will make the supply chain overly complex, without clear benefits for consumers or businesses.

 

The so-called mandatory ‘made in’ or ‘country of origin’ labelling[i] in the CPSR report creates additional costs and burdens for businesses without clear benefits for product safety,” said Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce. A recently published analysis[ii] of the European Parliamentary Research Service heavily criticised the lack of a proper impact assessment of additional European labelling requirements.

 

The MSPR report introduces the possibility to impose fees on economic operators. EuroCommerce considers safety an important public good and this key responsibility of the competent authorities should be financed by public means and not by the private sector. This will guarantee the independence of the official controls and will create an incentive for the competent authorities to further enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of their control system.

 

EuroCommerce acknowledges that the European Parliament has also backed a number of improvements in the proposed regulations. These are for example:

 

  • better defined obligations for distributors: distributors “shall verify that the product bears the required information”;
  • market surveillance authorities can only ask for information based on a “reasoned” request;
  • in line with the digital economy, operators can provide market surveillance authorities information in “electronic form”.

 

~ENDS~

 

For further information, please contact:

Marjolein Raes

Director of Advocacy & Communications

Tel: +32 2 737 05 99

raes@eurocommerce.eu



[i] “Indication of origin” EuroCommerce position paper, 18 July 2013

[ii] “Consumer Product Safety Regulation: Detailed Appraisal of the European Commission's Impact Assessment” European Parliamentary Research Service, April 2014

 

Conor Mescall | EuroCommerce
Junior Manager, Advocacy & EP Relations
T:+32 2 737 05 89 - www.eurocommerce.eu

 

Zdroj: http://www.eurocommerce.be/resource-centre.aspx#PressRelease/7432

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