General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC Evaluation and Testing

F2 Labs can assist you in testing the product to the appropriate standards under the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC . We offer expert product safety testing, inspection and certification, as well as fast turnaround times. We provide expert testing to thousands of product safety standards.

The General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC imposes a general safety requirement on any product put on the market for consumers or likely to be used by them. This includes all products that provide a service.

The General Product Safety Directive is not required for the CE mark but it does require for manufacturers to be able to prove that either the product complies with the individual member nation laws pertaining to it, or the product complies with the Directive itself.  This can be proven by testing the product to the applicable EN standards.

Definition of a safe product – A product that poses no threat or only a reduced threat in accordance with the nature of its use and which is acceptable in view of maintaining a high level of protection for the health and safety of persons.

Manufacturers must also provide consumers with the necessary information in order to assess a product’s inherent threat, particularly when this is not directly obvious and take the necessary measures to avoid such threats (e.g. withdraw products from the market, inform consumers, recall products which have already been supplied to consumers, etc.).

Distributors are required to supply products that comply with the general safety requirement, as well as monitor the safety of the products on the market and provide the necessary documentation ensuring that the products can be traced. If either the manufacturer or the distributors discover that a product is dangerous, they must notify the competent authorities and cooperate with them.

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