Factsheet 9 - The General Product Safety Regulations 1994

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The General Product Safety Regulations 2005

(European Communities Act 1972)

Commencement: 

The regulations came into force on 1st October 2005.

Scope:

These regulations implement a European Council Directive (2001/95/EC) which was made on 3rd December 2001 and replace the General Product Safety Regulations 1994.

The Regulations Require:

  • that any product supplied to a consumer in the course of a commercial activity, must be safe,
  • consumers must be provided with relevant information regarding the risks inherent in any product, where such risks are not immediately obvious without adequate warnings, and
  • consumers must be provided with relevant information to enable them to take precautions against those risks
  • a letting agent (or a landlord acting in the course of business) should take steps to be aware of the risks associated with the use of supplied products and take appropriate action to avoid such risks.

'Product' means any product intended for consumers or likely, under reasonable foreseeable conditions, to be used by consumers, even if not intended for them and which is supplied or made available, whether for consideration (i.e. payment) or not and in the course of a commercial activity. It applies whether the product is new, used or reconditioned.

'Safe' means any product which under normal or foreseeable conditions of use, including duration, does not present any risk or only the minimum risks compatible with the product's use, considered as acceptable and consistent with a high level of protection for the safety and health of persons, taking into account in particular:

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