General Product Safety Regulations 2005

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • General Product Safety Regulations 2005
  • General Product Safety Regulations 2005
  • Relationship with other product specific regulations
  • GPSR 2005 criminal offences
  • Meaning of 'product'
  • Meaning of 'supply'
  • Meaning of 'safe product'
  • Enforcement of breaches of the General Product Safety Regulations 2005

General Product Safety Regulations 2005

General Product Safety Regulations 2005

The General Product Safety Regulations 2005, SI 2005/1803 (GPSR 2005) provide the legal basis for ensuring that consumer products are safe to use in Great Britain. It contains the requirements and obligations for placing consumer products on the market in Great Britain.

In particular, GPSR 2005, SI 2005/1803:

  1. specifies that products placed on the market or supplied by producers and distributors must be safe

  2. defines a safe product

  3. imposes obligations on producers and distributors consistent with marketing safe products

  4. lays down a framework for assessing safety

  5. requires and empowers enforcement authorities to take action necessary to protect consumers from unsafe products

GPSR 2005 implemented Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety and continue to apply in Great Britain after IP completion day. The Product Safety and Metrology etc (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations, SI 2019/696 amended GPSR 2005 by removing EU references such as to the European Commission, the EEA and Member States. It also created a national database on market surveillance, to replace the one previously used at the EU level.

For further information on the amendments made to ensure GPSR 2005 continued to function effectively after the UK left the EU, see News Analysis: Product liability and safety post-Brexit.

For more general information on the changes

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