General Product Safety Regulations 2005
General Product Safety Regulations 2005

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

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

BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement. Specifically in relation to this Practice Note, the Product Safety and Metrology etc (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations, SI 2019/696 amends the General Product Safety Regulations 2005, SI 2005/1803 by removing EU references such as to the European Commission, the EEA and Member States. It will also create a national database on market surveillance, to replace the one currently used at the EU level. Although originally passed as ‘no deal’ legislation, this SI remains relevant should the UK fail to reach further agreement with the EU in this area and comes into force at the end of the implementation period (IP completion day) unless amended or revoked during the negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. For further information on these regulations, see News Analysis: Product liability and safety post-Brexit.

For further information on the impact of Brexit on consumer safety law generally, see Practice Note: Brexit—consumer protection.

General Product Safety Regulations 2005

The General Product