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Consumer Product Safety: "Product safety rules: keeping us safe or more red tape?" - London, 21 April 2015

Perhaps you've bought something online and are unsure where it comes from. Or maybe you read about the horse meat scandal in 2013 and grew concerned about the provenance of food. How do we know that the products we're using or eating in our homes are safe?

The EPIO held a public event on draft EU legislation which aims to improve identification and traceability of product components throughout the supply chain and enforce product safety rules across the EU.

Regulations on market surveillance are to be simplified to avoid confusion for businesses and national authorities, thereby creating a more cooperative system of market surveillance in the EU. But how much will this regulation really affect consumers and retailers in the UK? Isn't it just another burdensome piece of red tape? You can decide and make your views known at our free public event.

Christel SCHALDEMOSE, the Danish MEP responsible for steering the legislation through the European Parliament was in London to lead an expert panel at the event on April 21.

The debate was moderated by Martine CROXALL, BBC News.



Prof Peter CARTWRIGHT, Professor of Consumer Protection Law at the University of Nottingham
Martyn ALLEN, Head of Technical at Electrical Safety First
Rod FREEMAN,Partner at Hogan Lovells

The hashtag for the event was: #debateCONS


Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Time: 10.45-12.15
Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU