Factsheet 9 - The General Product Safety Regulations 1994


The General Product Safety Regulations 1994

(European Communities Act 1972)


The regulations came into force on 3rd October 1994.


These regulations implement a European Council Directive (92/59/EEC) which was made in 1992.

The Regulations Require:

  • that any product supplied to a consumer in the course of a commercial activity, must be safe,
  • a supplier should provide consumers with relevant information regarding the risks inherent in any product, where such risks are not immediately obvious without adequate warnings, and
  • a supplier should take steps to be aware of the risks associated with the use of supplied products

'Product' means any product intended for consumers, or likely to be used by consumers, supplied 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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