The FPS Economy continuously monitors the Belgian market and ensures that products and services placed on the market meet the safety requirements.
There are two types of regulations for the safety of products and services. The general regulations are included in the Code of Economic Law and the specific regulations applying to a whole series of products and services are included in the various sections of this site.
The safety of products and services is regulated in Book IX of the Code of Economic Law, which transposes the European Directive 2001/95/EC of 3 December 2001 on general product safety.
The regulation lays down obligations for the producers and distributors.
Alongside the Code of Economic Law, there are more specific regulations for certain groups of products, such as gas or electric appliances, playgrounds, lifts, amusement parks, fireworks, etc.
Products may also be subject to standards, determined under the auspices of a recognised body. These standards form a body of technical specifications that have been formalised with a view to joint and recurring use of a product. The official body responsible for drawing up standards in Belgium is the Bureau for Standardisation.
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More information on the topic can be found on the page on regulations.