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Latest list of European Standards under General Product Safety Law is Published

The Official Journal has published Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1698 on European standards for products that have been drafted in support of the EU Directive on “general product safety” (Directive 2001/95/EC). This publication may be important for Hong Kong exporters of a wide variety of consumer goods, including furniture, gymnastic equipment, childcare articles and bicycles, as it provides the latest updated list of European standards covering such products. The Decision also repeals a number of hitherto existing European standards.

The published Decision starts off by explaining that, in accordance with the relevant provision of Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety, a product will be presumed safe for the EU market when it conforms to national (i.e. Member States’) standards that transpose European standards, as far as the risks and risk categories covered by the relevant national standards are concerned.

In such cases, the European Standards’ references (naming the product, and including the number of the standard and its year of publication) have been published by the European Commission in the Official Journal of the European Union. One such example is “EN 1273:2005 Child use and care articles — Baby walking frames — Safety requirements and test methods”.

The new Decision explains that a number of requests have been made to the EU standardisation body known as “CEN”, for the adoption of new standards concerning, among others, gymnastic equipment, bicycles, bicycles for young children, and luggage carriers for bicycles, accessories for bicycles — Luggage carriers, and stationary training equipment. Requests were also made to repeal a number of standards that have been previously adopted.

In the interests of clarity, a complete list of references of European standards drafted in support of Directive 2001/95/EC and satisfying the requirements they aim to cover should, according to the European Commission, be published in one act. The references of European standards hitherto published in the Official Journal should therefore be included in this latest Decision.

Hong Kong sellers may like to know that EU-law compliance with the relevant national (i.e., Member State) standard transposing European standards the references of which have been published in the Official Journal, confers a presumption of safety as far as the risks and risk categories covered by the relevant national standard are concerned, for the product in question. This presumption of conformity will be there from the date of publication of the reference of the European standard in the Official Journal. This newly published Decision therefore enters into force on the same date of its publication, which is 10 October 2019.

The latest list shows that European standards covering some commonly sold goods to EU customers include:

  • EN 581-1:2006 Outdoor furniture — Seating and tables for camping, domestic and contract use — Part 1: General safety requirements
  • EN 913:2018 Gymnastic equipment — General safety requirements and test methods
  • EN 914:2008 Gymnastic equipment — Parallel bars and combination asymmetric/parallel bars — Requirements and test methods including safety
  • EN 957-6:2010+A1:2014 Stationary training equipment — Part 6: Treadmills, additional specific safety requirements and test methods
  • EN 1130-1:1996 Furniture — Cribs and cradles for domestic use — Part 1: Safety requirements
  • 12. EN 1130-2:1996 Furniture — Cribs and cradles for domestic use — Part 2: Test methods
  • 13. EN 1273:2005 Child use and care articles — Baby walking frames — Safety requirements and test methods
  • 14. EN 1466:2014 Child use and care articles — Carry cots and stands — Safety requirements and test methods

On the other hand, European standards that have now been repealed include:

  • EN 913:2008 Gymnastic equipment — General safety requirements and test methods
  • EN 957-4:2006+A1:2010 Stationary training equipment — Part 4: Strength training benches, additional specific safety requirements and test methods
  • EN 957-5:2009 Stationary training equipment — Part 5: Stationary exercise bicycles and upper body crank training equipment, additional specific safety requirements and test methods
  • EN 957-8:1998 Stationary training equipment — Part 8: Steppers, stairclimbers and climbers — Additional specific safety requirements and test methods
  • EN 957-9:2003 Stationary training equipment — Part 9: Elliptical trainers, additional specific safety requirements and test methods

Hong Kong traders are advised to peruse published Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1698 for the full list of applicable standards under the Directive on general product safety (in the Decision’s Annex I), and the list of standards that have been repealed (in the Decision’s Annex II).

Companies interested in acquiring one or more of the standards should contact any Member State CEN body. Please click on the following for a list of all CEN national members. European standards are normally available on payment of a nominal fee, which varies depending on the standard.

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