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Consumer Goods in the EU: Persisting Safety Issues

Consumer Goods in the EU: Persisting Safety Issues

 

 

TIC Council has published a new market study report, aimed at assessing the compliance of consumer electrical products sold in the European Single Market with basic safety requirements from European product safety legislation.

The study sourced 120 samples from seven different EU countries which were then sent to an accredited laboratory for evaluation against relevant legislation. The results demonstrated that 85 out of the 120 tested products purchased in Europe were not in compliance with the relevant standards.

Ten years after the first such study, conducted in 2012, the reseearchers observed that the level of safety of consumers goods has not improved. Between the two studies, there was found a 15 percentage point in the total number of non-conformities and an increase from 17% to 23% of dangerous nonconformities.

On Wednesday 15 March on World Consumer Rights Day, TIC Council hosted a webinar to discuss the outcomes of the study and the various measures that need to be put in place to increase the degree of safety that consumers can expect from the EU Single Market. 

“It is fundamental for consumers to trust in a product’s quality and safety. We, at TIC Council, are ready to work together with European institutions, international organisations and consumers associations, providing the expertise and knowledge of our members to improve the level of safety and bring trust to consumers all over the world,” said Hanane Taidi, Director General of TIC Council.

 

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