Product Safety and Consumer Confidence

Published: 16 November 2007

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Compliance, Standards & Enforcement

Consumer safety is not a matter of choice, but a mandatory legal requirement in existing EU health and safety legislation.  Consumer confidence in product safety can only result from the legitimate expectation that safety, whether promoted or not, is a reality.

The promotion of safety and other product qualities through brand names, collective marks or certification marks should remain a private and voluntary activity without public support.  Conversely, the effective drafting and efficient application of the internal market rules that contribute to consumer confidence are the responsibility of the Community regulator.

The simpler the legislative framework, the easier it will be for market operators to comply with it and the smoother it will be for public authorities to enforce it effectively.

Related Position Papers

Internal Market: Orgalim comments on the NLF evaluation roadmap [2 December 2020]

Internal Market: Orgalim comments on the 2020 draft Blue Guide [13 November 2020]

Internal Market: Orgalim comments on the Draft Guidelines for the practical implementation of Article 4 of Regulation 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products [22 April 2020]

Internal Market: Shaping a New Deal for the Single Market: Harmonised standards in support of a competitive European industry [27 January 2020]

Internal Market: Suggestions for a revision of the Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules 2016 [27 January 2020]

Internal Market: For a restored mutual trust in a market-relevant European Standardisation System [24 September 2019]

Towards effective, efficient EU market surveillance: all for a level-playing field without additional burdens for legitimate manufacturers [6 December 2018]

For simpler compliance with and smarter enforcement of EU harmonisation legislation: Orgalime comments on the amendments of the European Parliament to the Commission proposal on Compliance and Enforcement [6 July 2018]

For simpler compliance with and smarter enforcement of EU harmonisation legislation: comments on the Commission proposal for a Regulation laying down rules and procedures for compliance with and enforcement of Union harmonisation legislation on products [5 April 2018]