On 12 June 2023, the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR), known as Regulation (EU) 2023/988, entered into force. This new regulation ensures that only safe products are offered to consumers, regardless of the origin of the products and whether they are sold in shops or on online marketplaces. In addition, the GPSR not only ensures that only safe non-harmonised consumer products continue to be placed on the market, but also addresses safety aspects that may not be covered by sector-specific legislation governing harmonized products (e.g., the responsibilities of online marketplaces, obligations in the event of accidents, rights to information, and actions such as product recalls). These rules are enforceable in cases where similar provisions are absent in EU harmonization legislation.

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