The European Commission - Directorate General for Justice and Consumers - has entrusted Civic Consulting to carry out an external study to support the preparation of the Implementation Report of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD 2001/95/EC). Click here to participate.


The aim of the study is to map, collect and analyse evidence on the implementation of the GPSD in the EU and to identify best practice implementation. Topical areas covered by the study include:

  • Safety of consumer products, in particular on improved product traceability;

  • Functioning of market surveillance with respect to consumer products;

  • Standardisation work under the GPSD;

  • Functioning of RAPEX in Member States.

The information provided through this survey will be used by the EC to prepare the GPSD implementation report, as well as to reflect on possible approaches to address new challenges posed by the emergence of new actors (e.g. online platforms), new sales channels (increased e-commerce with third countries) and new technologies (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things).

European standards are very important to support the implementation of the GPSD Directive by developing common benchmarks on what constitutes a “safe” product. Currently, twenty CEN and CENELEC standardizations requests are active under GPSD including:

  • CEN/TC 46 Fireplace for liquid fuel

  • CEN/TC 93 Ladders

  • CEN/TC 122 Anthropometry

  • CEN/TC 136 Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment

  • CEN/TC 207 Furniture

  • CEN/TC 248 Textiles and textile products

  • CEN/TC 252 Child care articles

  • CEN/TC 281 Appliances, solid fuels and firelighters for barbecuing

  • CEN/TC 289 Leather

  • CEN/TC 309 Footwear

  • CEN/TC 355 Lighters

  • CEN/TC 364 High Chairs

  • CEN/TC 369 Candle fire safety

  • CEN/TC 398 Child Protective Products

  • CEN/TC 402 Domestic Pools and Spas

  • CEN/TC 426 Domestic appliances used for water treatment not connected to water supply

  • CEN/TC 443 Feather and down

The survey takes around 20 to 40 minutes to complete and will be open until Monday 2 December 2019. Click here to participate.

For questions about the survey, please email Dr Senda Kara at GPSD-survey@civic-consulting.de.