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Retailers and wholesalers warn of dangers from direct consumer imports

Speaking today on the occasion of the International Product Safety Week, Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce said:

“Our members are deeply worried at the influx of dangerous products sold by unscrupulous non-EU manufacturers and sellers, directly targeting EU customers. These products are not subject to any controls and can cause serious harm to consumers. They also represent unfair competition to responsible EU producers, importers and retailers who work hard to ensure that their products are safe and meet EU standards. Any new regulation has to reflect this new reality and help national authorities in responding appropriately to these threats. Rogue traders who deliberately bring non-compliant products into the EU should be stopped and punished.”

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The Commission’s proposal on Compliance and Enforcement (part of the Goods Package)

A coherent and effective legal framework for market surveillance is needed. EuroCommerce welcomes the Commission’s continued work to improve market surveillance legislation and we strongly support the risk-based approach in this proposal: Competent authorities should first and foremost take action against rogue traders, while providing advice and compliance support to law abiding businesses. As a general principle, proportionality and differentiation between formal non-compliance and material non-compliance needs to feature more prominently throughout the regulation.

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REACH review

In the second Commission report on the operation of REACH, the Commission concludes that after 10 years the REACH Regulation functions well, delivers results and addresses citizens’ concerns about chemical safety. Overall, REACH is found to be generally coherent with other EU legislation concerning chemicals and delivers the international goals as intended. However, further improvements are needed to make the legislation more efficient, especially for the evaluation, restriction and authorisation processes. While this communication has identified 16 actions that will further improve REACH, there is currently no need to change its enacting terms.

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ECHA database

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Origin Labelling

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