General Product Safety
Services according to General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) 2001/95/EC and General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) (EU) No 1025/2012
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General Product Safety
While the CE marking process demonstrates the safety of products and compliance with European legislation, this is not applicable to every product. For products that do not fall within the CE guidelines or regulations, there are alternative requirements that must be met. These requirements have been drawn up in the general product safety directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) or are stated in specific legislation such as the Cosmetic Products Regulation, Food Contact Materials Regulation, etc. In these cases, it is therefore prohibited to affix the CE mark to these products. The GPSD has been designed to guarantee the safety of those products that do not fall within the domain of CE marking before they can be placed on the European market and/or used. For products for which specific directives and/or regulations already exist regarding the guarantee of safety, the general product safety directive only applies to the aspects of risks and risk categories that are not described in those specific directives and/or regulations.
The future of the GPSD
According to the European Commission (EC), the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) is outdated. It has therefore been proposed to reform the GPSD through a new regulation. The proposal of the new regulation focuses on the safety of products in relation to new technology and the risks created by the growth of online sales. This should ensure more efficient and uniform market surveillance and make the recall of dangerous products easier. If the proposal of the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) (EU) No 1025/2012 is adopted by the European Council and the European Parliament, it will replace the current GPSD.
At this point, however, you will still need to adhere to the current GPSD. Which means that you as a company are obliged to:
- Only market products whose safety has been proven
- Inform the customer about possible risks associated with the use of this product
At Certification Experts we can help you realise these obligations and support you in demonstrating the safety of your product. Additionally, you will have to ensure that products that potentially form a risk can be traced when they are placed on the market so that they can be removed if they do pose a risk to users.
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Impact of GPS for you as a company
In addition to better consumer protection, there are also many benefits for you as a company thanks to the GPSD:
- Stricter responsibilities throughout the supply chain provide more equal opportunities for companies operating in the EU, for both online and offline trade.
- There is better enforcement of product safety rules and market surveillance.
- There is a more even application of product safety rules.
- There is more legal certainty through clearer rules and companies are supported in their process to comply with them.
What Certification Experts can offer
Certification Experts offers a range of services to help businesses comply with the General Product Safety Directive and Regulation. They provide product compliance procedures, risk assessment, documentation support, and other GPSD services. We also assist with Quality Management Systems, global market access, and industry-specific certifications, such as machinery, electronics and medical devices. Certification Experts’ expertise and commitment ensure that products meet safety standards and regulatory requirements, protecting consumers and facilitating market access.
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GPSD General Product Safety DirectiveCertification Experts can offer a variety of services related to the EU General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), which aims to ensure the safety of consumer products placed on the market within the European Union. The GPSD has been designed to guarantee the safety of those products that do not fall within the domain of CE marking before they can be placed on the European market and/or used. For products for which specific directives and/or regulations already exist regarding the guarantee of safety, the general product safety directive only applies to the aspects of risks and risk categories that are not described in those specific directives and/or regulations.
Declaration of ComplianceWhile the Declaration of Conformity serves as an official document linked to CE marking and adherence to precise directives and regulations, the Declaration of Compliance is an optional statement that focuses more broadly on the safety of consumer products, often aligning with the General Product Safety Directive. Certification Experts has both the knowledge and international experience to help you draw up a suitable Declaration of Compliance for your product, thereby ensuring that your product is safe and will be able to enter the market.
Technical FileA Technical File contains relevant information that should demonstrate that your product complies with the essential requirements as stated in the relevant directives and/or regulations. It is a mandatory component of demonstrating the conformity of your product. As your full-service compliance partner, Certification Experts can assist you in gathering all necessary information and preparing and composing the Technical File.
Risk AssessmentThe European Product Legislation requires manufacturers to incorporate a risk assessment of potential risks associated with their equipment into their technical file. As stated in the directive an ‘adequate analysis and assessment of the risk(s)’ is required Certification Expert provides full guidance and execution of this requirement.
Product TestingProduct compliance often requires product testing, a requirement determined by applicable legislation. Certification Experts specializes in product testing, offering in-house, on-site, and partner test lab solutions. Our most common testing:
Information and warnings for the end usersCertification Experts can provide help with the following to ensure that your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your chosen markets.
Recall Procedures GPSDA recall procedure based on the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) is a structured process for removing or correcting consumer products that pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers. The GPSD is a European Union directive that sets out general safety requirements for consumer products, and it places an emphasis on monitoring and taking corrective actions when unsafe products are identified. Certification Experts help businesses to navigate the complex process of product recalls in compliance with the GPSD, ensuring the safety of consumers and legal adherence.
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