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Enforcement and Product Safety. Dirk H. Meijer Immediate Past President of PROSAFE Project leader of the EMARS project Chairman of ICPSC Regional Director Southwest Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority The Netherlands. November 14, 2014. Non Food Market Surveillance. 2.

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enforcement and product safety
Enforcement and Product Safety
  • Dirk H. Meijer
  • Immediate Past President of PROSAFE
  • Project leader of the EMARS project
  • Chairman of ICPSC
  • Regional Director Southwest
  • Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority
  • The Netherlands

November 14, 2014

Non Food Market Surveillance


contents of the presentation
Contents of the Presentation
  • Role of the players in the field
  • Harmonisation of Legislation
  • Harmonisation of Market Surveillance
    • EMARS
    • ICPSC


marketsurveillance and responsabilities
Marketsurveillance and Responsabilities
  • Producers
    • Placing safe products on the market
  • Consumers
    • Using a product safely
  • Government
    • Determining safety criteria and enforcement of legislation.
harmonised legislation
Harmonised Legislation
  • The European Commission made an enormous effort in establishing a harmonised system of Legislation in the EU
  • The efforts in setting up harmonised regulations will be hardly effective if the enforcement will not be harmonised
  • Informal organisation since 1991
  • Market Surveillance Organisations
  • Throughout Europe
  • Safety of Consumer Products
  • 2002 Legal entity as Dutch “Stichting”
  • 2007 Recognized by the EC as formal applicant

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  • Provides, collects and exchanges information on dangerous products
  • Encourages and enhances cooperation in product safety
  • Improves market surveillance
  • Develops understanding and practical solutions of common problems
  • Builds mutual confidence in product safety issues

Non Food Market Surveillance



The aim of PROSAFE:

effective, efficient, and fair enforcement in Europe

Members: Market Surveillance and Enforcement Organisations in

EU, Candidate countries, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland


European Commission / EFTA / ANEC / Eurosafe / Business organisations

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PROSAFE Project EMARS 2006 - 2008:

Enhancing Marketsurveillance through Best Practice

Core Objective:

Basic level of best practice techniques & cross-sharing of information

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foreseen outcome of project
Foreseen outcome of project

Knowledge base

Advise body

Handbook best practise techniques

Handbook risk assessment

Strategy document

Improvement of market surveillance

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international cooperation between regulators
International cooperation between regulators

ICPSC: The International Consumer Product Safety Caucus


Informal network

Linked with Prosafe

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international cooperation between regulators1
International cooperation between regulators
  • Objectives:
  • High level of consumer product safety
    • developing cooperation arrangements
    • facilitate surveillance and enforcement
    • exchanging information on best practices
    • identifying common needs
    • guidelines for international standards.

Non Food Market Surveillance


future developments
Future Developments
  • Future Developments of Prosafe
  • Joint Actions
    • Playground equipment (Poland)
    • Lighting Chains (Hungary)
    • Lighters
    • Sunbeds
    • Toys
    • Cords and draw strings
  • Collaborative Studies
  • Within Europe we are on the brink of a structurized approach on Market Surveillance and Enforcement on a harmonized European Level.
  • Globally we can see the start of an analogous development