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General Product Safety Regulations 2024: A Detailed Guide

General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) 2024: An Overview

The General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) 2024 are set to revolutionize product safety standards in the EU market. As these regulations come into effect, it’s vital for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to understand their responsibilities to ensure compliance, avoid penalties, and prioritize consumer safety.

One significant change is the requirement to appoint an Authorised Representative who will serve as a liaison with market surveillance authorities in the event of any product issues.

Key Points to Know

The GPSR 2024 is designed to enhance consumer protection by ensuring all products on the market are safe for use. The regulations cover a wide range of products and introduce new requirements for manufacturers, importers, and distributors. Here are the key highlights:

Steps to Compliance

Transitioning from the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) to the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR) involves several essential steps. Organizations need to:

Appoint an Authorised Representative

Understand New Requirements

Update Compliance Programs

Risk Assessment and Management

Documentation and Record-Keeping

Product Testing and Certification

Supplier and Third-Party Management

Consumer Information and Labeling

Incident Reporting and Corrective Actions

Training and Awareness

Internal Audits and Continuous Improvement

Update IT and Data Management Systems

Engage with Regulatory Bodies

Consumer Feedback and Market Surveillance

Legal and Regulatory Consultation

Differences Between GPSD and GPSR

The transition from the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) to the General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) introduces several key changes:

Scope and Coverage

Market Surveillance

Accountability and Traceability

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Product Recalls and Reporting

Obligations of Manufacturers

Manufacturers have primary responsibility for ensuring their products comply with GPSR 2024. Key obligations include:

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What Manufacturers Need to Do

To comply with GPSR 2024, manufacturers should:

Included Products

The GPSR applies to a variety of products, including:

Children’s Toys

Household Appliances

Electronics

Furniture

Personal Care Products

Sporting Goods

Clothing and Footwear

Baby Products

Kitchenware

Lighting Fixtures

Power Tools

Gardening Equipment

Home Decor

Pet Products

Stationery and Office Supplies

Recreational Items

Automotive Accessories

Safety Equipment

Seasonal Decorations

Fitness Equipment

Excluded Products

Products regulated under different specific regulations and standards are excluded from GPSR, including:

Pharmaceuticals

Medical Devices

Food and Beverages

Chemicals and Pesticides

Vehicles and Vehicle Parts

Product Recalls and Reporting

The GPSR 2024 establishes a structured approach to product recalls and mandatory reporting of safety issues. Key points include:

Definitions and Roles

Manufacturer

Responsible for ensuring product compliance with safety regulations, conducting risk assessments, maintaining technical documentation, and reporting safety issues.

Importer

Ensures product compliance with safety requirements, maintains necessary documentation, and cooperates in recall procedures.

Distributor

Ensures product compliance, verifies necessary documentation, and notifies authorities of safety issues.

Authorised Representative

Maintains technical documentation, cooperates with authorities, and communicates on behalf of the manufacturer.

Fulfilment Service Provider

Ensures product compliance, maintains activity records, and cooperates with authorities during investigations and recalls.

Online Platforms

Implement measures to prevent the sale of non-compliant products, cooperate with authorities, and assist in recall procedures.

Applying an Authorised Representative’s Address

Product Identification

Products must bear an identifying element, such as a type, batch, or serial number. If not possible, this information should be provided on the packaging or accompanying documents.

Contact Details

Manufacturers must indicate their name, registered trade name or trademark, postal address, and the postal address of the Authorised Representative if different.

In summary, the General Product Safety Regulations 2024 mark a significant advancement in ensuring consumer safety and product compliance within the EU market. Manufacturers, importers, and distributors must familiarize themselves with these regulations and take proactive steps to meet the new requirements. By doing so, they can avoid penalties, enhance product quality, and ensure consumer safety.