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Parliamentary questions
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14 July 2016
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003657/2016

In the EU the safety of tampons is regulated under the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD, Directive 2001/95/EC)(1) and the more specific chemicals requirements under the chemical legislation, in particular REACH(2).

The GPSD requires that only safe products can be placed in the market. Producers are responsible for the safety of the products they place on the market. Member States authorities are responsible for the enforcement and shall take actions if unsafe products are found on the market. The REACH Regulation bans the use of certain hazardous chemicals in feminine hygiene products and further prohibitions can be envisaged if evidence is presented that certain chemicals can harm consumers.

The GPSD does not require the disclosure of the ingredients of tampons. It however requires that producers provide consumers with the relevant information to enable them to assess the risks, where such risks are not immediately obvious without adequate warnings. There are currently no plans to amend existing legislative framework with regard to feminine sanitary products.

In this context, the Commission would also like to refer the Honourable Member to its answers to written questions E-013116/2015, E-001709/2016 and E-001957/2016(3) on similar issues.

(1)OJ L 11, 15.01.2002, p. 4.
(2)OJ L 396, 30.12.2006, p.1.

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