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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
E-001686/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001686/2019

The new Regulation on market surveillance and compliance of products adopted by the European Parliament on 17 April 2019(1) covers harmonised non-food products and sets out rules for reinforced market surveillance of these products in the Union. It addresses the increasing amount of non-compliant products on the market while offering incentives to boost regulatory compliance and ensuring fair and equal treatment that will benefit both businesses and citizens.

As regards non-harmonised consumer products, Chapter VII of the new Regulation will also apply to the controls of these products entering the EU. For potential additional measures, the Commission will first evaluate the legislation on the safety of non-harmonised consumer products.

Furthermore, the Commission has taken a number of actions to improve the implementation of the existing legislation on the safety of these products. For example, the Guidelines for the functioning of the Rapid Alert System were updated in 2018(2), and major online platforms committed to improve product safety(3). In addition, coordinated market surveillance initiatives among Member States have been continuously supported with EUR 2.5 million per year prioritising the safety of major consumer products.

(1)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P8-TA-2019-0397+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN#BKMD-9
(2)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dec/2019/417/oj
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/voluntary_commitment_document_4signatures3-web.pdf

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