Initiatives on product safety

The European Commission is working on two initiatives related to product safety.

One initiative is opened for consultation and concerns the Safety Gate Portal, set up to inform the public about dangerous products. Under the recently adopted Regulation (EU) 2023/988 on general product safety, the Safety Gate must also enable consumers and other interested parties to inform the Commission about products that might present a risk to their health and safety. This initiative is an implementing act specifying how this information will be passed on to the relevant national authorities. The consultation is open until 1st March 2024.

The second initiative is still under preparation and repeals Decision 2004/905/EC on guidelines for producers and distributors to notify dangerous consumer products to the competent national authorities. The reason for repealing the Decision is that it will no longer be relevant when the new General Product Safety Regulation enters into application on 13 December 2024.