The CE-mark and the new European approach to product law: a system of fundamental legal safety requirements and technical specification standards

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European product law consists of three parts: product liability law, a general product safety regulation and an increasing number of provisions with requirements on product group level. In recent years this third part has been revised in order to speed up the completion of the European single market. This article describes the development from the negative integration of member states' markets to the positive integration by supranational law. The CE-mark is the symbol of the new approach to the harmonization of European product safety requirements. The modular system of conformity assessment is an important characteristic of harmonization-based product law. Advantages and disadvantages of the new European product law are discussed from the perspective of ensuring the future of the consumers' basic right to safety in an increasingly global and therefore international market.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 1999

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