European Regulation Of Consumer Product Safety

Hardcover | May 26, 2005

byChristopher Hodges

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This book examines the European Community legislation that regulates the safety of consumer products. Hodges surveys the extent to which this legislation aims to and succeeds in achieving safety for a wide range of products. There are different legal requirements for medicines, machines,electronics, toys and so on, which employ different regulatory mechanisms, including pre-marketing assessment, provision of information, control of the manufacturing environment, post-marketing obligations on producers and authorities, and obligations on distributors and users. Hodges compares thevarious mechanisms relating to medicinal products, products covered by 'New Approach' Directives, cosmetics, biocides, tobacco products, and consumer products covered by the General Product Safety Directive, and asks why particular mechanisms are used, or not used for different products. The book then moves on to consider what is meant by product 'safety', demonstrating the relativity of this concept. Hodges highlights an important problem: that consumers, the media, and experts can all have differing ideas on the level of safety that is relevant and acceptable. Hodges contendsthat the systems are in need of review, to ensure they work effectively and give value for money. In some cases, there is an need for more or less control. He argues for more systematic collection of safety data, and for consistecy in surveillance and enforcement mechanisms across Europe, pointingtowards the need for a European Product Safety Agency.

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This book examines the European Community legislation that regulates the safety of consumer products. Hodges surveys the extent to which this legislation aims to and succeeds in achieving safety for a wide range of products. There are different legal requirements for medicines, machines,electronics, toys and so on, which employ differe...

Christopher Hodges is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford, and Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:May 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199282552

ISBN - 13:9780199282555

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Table of Contents

Table of LegislationTable of CasesList of FiguresList of TablesList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Theoretical aspects of regulationPart One: Description of the main regulatory systems at Community level2. Introduction3. The limits on the Community's jurisdictional competence in product safety legislation4. Medicinal products5. New Approach products6. Biocides, cosmetics, tobacco, and general consumer productsPart Two: Procedural Mechanisms for safety7. Introduction8. Pre-market assessment: authorization to market9. Control of the manufacturing environment and process10. Providing information11. Producers' Post-marketing obligations12. The role of the authorities in post-marketing safety13. Control of distribution14. Obligations on users15. Conclusions on safety mechanismsPart Three: Theoretical issues and conclusions16. Introduction17. The Community institutions involved and their mechanisms of governance18. Safety and risk19. ConclusionsAppendicesAppendix 1. The Pharmacovigilance SystemAppendix 2. Statistics on the safety of general consumer productsAppendix 3. Statistics on the safety of medicinal productsAppendix 4. Statistics on the safety of electrical productsAppendix 5. Modules for conformity assessment procedures under the New ApproachBibliographyIndex

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"The book is well researched and exquisitely cited so to provide its readers with a quick reference to the most pertinent case law holdings and legislation in this growing are of law. Its exquisite analysis of a difficult regulatory area warrants a recommendation for law schools that offer comparative law courses or courses in European Union Law." Dragomir Cosanici, Head of Information Services, Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis