‘EU Safety Tested’ Marking: Impact Assessment of a Substantive EP Amendment

09-04-2014

Consumers today misinterpret the CE mark as a safety mark, assuming that CE marked products have been tested for safety and approved by some kind of authority. The European Parliament proposes the introduction of a voluntary, new ‘EU Safety Tested’ mark, which could be affixed by manufacturers to all non-food consumer products, regardless of the harmonised or non-harmonised nature thereof, provided they are tested positively by third parties. The objective of this study if to provide an assessment of the probable costs and benefits related to the introduction of an ‘EU Safety Tested’ mark (in general, and more in particular for SMEs), and to assess the feasibility of its introduction.

Consumers today misinterpret the CE mark as a safety mark, assuming that CE marked products have been tested for safety and approved by some kind of authority. The European Parliament proposes the introduction of a voluntary, new ‘EU Safety Tested’ mark, which could be affixed by manufacturers to all non-food consumer products, regardless of the harmonised or non-harmonised nature thereof, provided they are tested positively by third parties. The objective of this study if to provide an assessment of the probable costs and benefits related to the introduction of an ‘EU Safety Tested’ mark (in general, and more in particular for SMEs), and to assess the feasibility of its introduction.