• Product Safety & Compliance Websites in the European Union

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    Compliance in the European Union

    Finding information about product regulations in the European Union requires that you learn how to navigate both EU-level websites and those of national market surveillance authorities. In this guide, we list some of the most important EU level and national compliance websites in the EU, helping you find information about REACH, CE marking, product directives, and much more.

    EC.EUROPA.EU

    The official website of the European Commission provides information on almost everything there is to know about EU regulations, including news and other updates. When it comes to product compliance, ec.europa.eu serves as the central hub for compliance requirements covering all consumer products sold in the EU – including textiles, electronics, kitchen products, and more.

    The website has hub pages for specific product regulations and general compliance requirements, such as REACH and CE marking. These pages in turn serve as hubs where you can find the following:

    • Information on manufacturer responsibility
    • Information on importer responsibility
    • Label file examples
    • Frequently answered questions

    You can also read the legal texts which provide you with information about what to include in certain compliance documents and label files. Further, the website can also help you stay up to date on proposals and upcoming changes.

    Using this website

    My recommendation is that you use this website to familiarize yourself with the applicable compliance requirements. That said, the information provided is quite general and does not explain the practical steps or compliance risks faced by importers or manufacturers.

    Languages

    The information on this website is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and all other official languages of the European Union.

    Support

    That said, the website does not provide support in case you have questions about compliance requirements. If so you need to contact the relevant national authorities in one of the EU member states – some of which are listed further down in this article.

    Useful Links

    Regulation Website
    REACH Link
    General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) Link
    CE marking Link
    Low Voltage Directive (LVD) Link
    EMC Directive Link
    Radio Equipment Directive (RED) Link
    RoHS Directive Link
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation Link
    Medical Devices Regulation Link
    Toy Safety Directive Link
    Food Contact Materials Framework Regulation Link
    Cosmetics Regulation Link
    Textile Labeling Regulation Link
    POP Regulation Link

    Other Pages

    • Rapex (Link)
    • Official Journal of the European Union (Link)
    • ECHA Consultations (Link)

    ECHA.EUROPA.EU (Link)

    The official website for the European Chemicals Agency provides information about the REACH regulation and the POP regulation. The website also provides services specifically to help small to medium-sized businesses navigate REACH and other regulations.

    In addition, they also offer free webinars, downloadable publications, and more. It serves as a more focused complement to ec.europa.eu.

    Useful Links

    • Importer (Link)
    • Support (Link)
    • Testing methods and alternatives (Link)

    EUR-LEX.EUROPA.EU (Link)

    The EUR-Lex website provides access to European Union directives and regulations. While it may seem intimidating, many product regulations and directive texts on the website are fairly easy to understand and include information on the following:

    • Compliance documents information (e.g. Declaration of Conformity)
    • Product label information (e.g. traceability)
    • Packaging label information (e.g. manufacturer or importer information)
    • Information on manufacturer responsibility
    • Information on importer responsibility
    • Lab testing requirements

    You can also access the Official Journal where you can find information about new and updated product regulations and directives.

    EFSA.EUROPA.EU (Link)

    The official website of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has a section dedicated to food contact materials, such as kitchen utensils and food packaging. Below follows an overview of the main topics of the website.

    • Food contact materials
    • Plastic materials
    • Recycling process to produce recycled plastic
    • Active and intelligent materials and articles
    • Regenerated cellulose film

    The website also provides an extensive FAQ page, and the option to ask questions about FCM regulations in the EU in case you cannot find the answers you’re looking for.

    CEN.EU (Link)

    The official website of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) provides information about product standards and their development. The website provides a standards search function, information about where you can buy standard documents, guidance to national authorities, and more.

    They also provide free support and advice on EU standards through their CEN-CENELEC SME Helpdesk. They also provide National SME Helpdesks for each member state of the European Union.

    Useful Links

    • Search Standards (Link)
    • CEN-CENELEC SME Helpdesk (Link)
    • National support & tools (Link)

    CENELEC.EU (Link)

    The official website of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) provides information and news on EU electronics and electrical standards. This website is mostly relevant if you are interested in staying up to date on standardization for electronic products and electrical equipment.

    National Websites

    The EU websites tend to provide relatively broad and more general information on product compliance requirements. That said, many of the market surveillance authorities provide information on compliance requirements that are somewhat easier to comprehend.

    Further, some also offer valuable phone and email support – answering questions about product regulations, documentation, labeling, lab testing, and more.

    That being said, I am not aware of any EU country which concentrates all market surveillance and product compliance-related responsibilities to a single government body. Instead, most countries have multiple government bodies specialized in certain areas – for example, chemicals, electronics, or general consumer products.

    Germany

    Organization Website
    Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) Link
    KAN – Commission for Occupational Health and Safety and Standardization – Secretariat Link

    France

    Organization Website
    French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety Link

    Netherlands

    Organization Website
    Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority Link
    Chemicals (REACH) Link
    CE marking for consumer and professional products Link
    National Institute for Public Health and the Environment Link

    Italy

    Organization Website
    Italian Food Safety Agency Link
    Chemicals (REACH) Link

    Spain

    Organization Website
    Spanish Food Safety Agency Link

    Sweden

    Organization Website
    Swedish Consumer Agency Link
    National Electrical Safety Board Link
    Swedish Food Agency Link
    Swedish Chemicals Agency Link

    Finland

    Organization Website
    Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) Link
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