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EU Amends List of Standards for General Product Safety Directive

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile Products, HardgoodsDecember 04, 2020

The EU has revised the list of European standards for products drafted in support of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). The new law became effective on December 1, 2020.

The European General Product Safety Directive (GPSD, Directive 2001/95/EC, consolidated version to January 2010) is an important act for products where there is no specific legislation. It complements sector specific legislation such as those for cosmetics, electrical and electronic products as well as toys. It does not cover food, medical devices or pharmaceuticals, which fall under separate pieces of legislation.

On December 1, 2020, the European Union (EU) published Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1808  (‘Decision’) to amend Annex I to Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1698 on the list of standards for presumption of conformity with the GPSD. The latest ‘Decision’ contains two important changes. It:

  1. Adds three standards for children’s products – entries 52a, 52b and 52c
  2. Revises two standards – entries 37 and 57

The new Decision became effective on December 1, 2020 – the date of its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

Highlights of the changes in the new Decision are summarized in Table 1.

Commission Implementing Decision on European Standards for Products in Support of Directive 2001/95/EC on General Product Safety
Entry to Annex IDecision (EU) 2020/1808 amending Decision (EU) 2019/1698Decision (EU) 2019/1698 
EN ISO 1286:2010 
‘Ignition propensity of cigarettes (ISO 12863:2010)’
EN ISO 12863:2010/AC:2011
EN ISO 12863:2010/A1:2016
EN ISO 1286:2010 
‘Ignition propensity of cigarettes (ISO 12863:2010)’
EN ISO 12863:2010/AC:2011
EN 16890:2017
‘Children’s furniture – Mattresses for cots and cribs’
EN 17022:2018 
‘Childcare articles – Bathing aids’ 
EN 17072:2018
‘Childcare articles – Bathtubs, stands and non-standalone bathing aids’
57EN ISO 20957-9:2016
‘Stationary training equipment – Elliptical trainers (ISO 20957-9:2016)’
EN ISO 20957-9:2016/A1:2019
EN ISO 20957-9:2016
‘Stationary training equipment – Elliptical trainers (ISO 20957-9:2016)’

Table 1 

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