Safety of products and services
Consumers hold a key position in the economy. With industrial technology and innovation, new goods are constantly coming onto the market. Several laws have been drafted in order to protect consumer safety. General regulations always stipulate that only safe products and services can be placed on the market. This means that when a product or service enters the market, it cannot pose any risk under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. As a producer or distributor, you are responsible for the consequences of any faults in your product or service.
If you know that a product or service you have placed on the market poses a risk to consumers, you must immediately inform the central contact point. You can find more information about this in the European brochure on the notification of dangerous consumer products. The “Product safety in Europe” guide to corrective actions also provides general advice about what you should do if one of your products is unsafe. You can use this guide to take corrective actions. The guide covers a range of corrective actions undertaken by producers and distributors (and not just the withdrawal of a product from the market!) and aims to eliminate the safety risks posed by a non-food product that is on the market.
The FPS Economy monitors the Belgian market and ensures that products and services meet safety requirements. If we believe a product is unsafe, we take appropriate action according to the situation. If necessary we will, for example, stop the sale of this product or ask the manufacturer to recall the product.
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Regulations on the safety of products and services
In addition to general regulations on the safety of products and services, there are also specific regulations, such as those for toys, playgrounds, machinery etc.
Some products may fall under different product groups and must therefore comply with various regulations.
- Guide sur la relation GPSD et certaines directives sectorielles
- Product safety in Europe: A guide covering the corrective actions and products recalls
- Guidelines for the notification of dangerous consumer products to the competent authorities
- Questions et réponses sur l’interprétation des dispositions relatives à la sécurité des produits et des services reprises dans le Code de droit économique
- European Commission : New Legislative Framework for marketing of products
- European harmonised standards
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission
- European Commission : Guidelines for import controls in the area of product safety and compliance
- European Commission : CE marking
- European Commission : Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
- European Commission : Health & Consumers
- European harmonised standards: General product safety (GPSD)