26 Apr, 2019

MEPs vote for harmonising quality standards for goods

Buying goods in the EU should be safe and all products should comply with quality standards to guarantee safety and trust for consumers. The agreement approved on 17 April in the European Parliament aims to address the growing number of non-compliant products on the Union market, while offering incentives to boost compliance with the regulation and ensure fair and equal treatment that will benefit businesses and citizens.

The aim of this regulation is to strengthen the market surveillance of online sales, too. Controlling the exchange of information between market surveillance authorities and customs authorities will boost market surveillance cooperation at EU level.

Jasenko Selimovic MEP, shadow rapporteur on this file, said:

“This file takes a huge step forward in ensuring that products on the internal market are safe and compliant with European regulation. Hopefully, the days of randomly exploding batteries, faulty hair dryers and toys that refuse to stop playing music are a thing of the past.”

This legislation also provides for appropriate incentives for businesses, increased compliance checks and enhanced cross-border law enforcement cooperation.

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