Greek experience on the enforcement of product safety legislation by huangyuarong

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									Greek experience on the
enforcement of Product
Safety legislation

 Community safety legislation
              and
  current situation in Greece
 Main instruments of the implentation
 of the EU policy on GPS


n Community safety legislation

n Technical harmonization

n Administrative cooperation



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General Secretariat for Consumer Affairs of
the Ministry of Development



          Responsible Authority for
         the General Product Safety
         in Greece




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Main tasks of the General Secretariat for
Consumer Affairs with regard to General
Product Safety

n The transposition in to the Greek law and
  implementation of Community legislation and
  acquis on product safety
n The market surveillance in relation to
  products exclusively covered by the GPSD
n Contact-point for the RAPEX system and
  body of liaison for the European Network
  under Article 10 of the GPSD

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Authorities responsible for Products covered by
specific Community legislation (New Approach
Directives) in Greece and for GPS
n The General Secretariat of Industry of the Ministry of
    Development for domestic appliances, toys etc.
n   The State General Chemical Laboratory for chemical products
    such as detergents, paints dyes and other products falling within
    the provisions of Dangerous Substances legislation
n   The National Drug Organization for cosmetics, medical devices
    etc.
n   The Ministry of Transportation for the vehicles and their spare
    parts
n   The Maritime Ministry for recreation boats and others
n   Consumer Protection and Trade Departments of the 54 regional
    administrations in the prefectures throughout Greece
n   The Custom Authorities

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Difficulties faced in Greece due to the
involvement of many enforcement Authorities
in the GPS

n The collaboration between the enforcement
  Authorities
n The receiving of satisfactory feedback for the
  notifications through RAPEX
n The determination of the borderline between
  competencies and responsibilities of various
  Authorities involved


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Solutions provided by the implementation of
the GPSD 2001/95/EU


n The field of application of the GPSD has been
  accurately determined
n The relationship with other sector Directives
  has been clearly defined
n The new Directive has introduced the
  obligation for the MS to ensure appropriate
  coordination of the actions of the Authorities
  monitoring the Product Safety

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Coordination Committee for the enforcement
of GPSD
Main objectives:
n The collaboration between the enforcement
    Authorities
n   The exchange of information on control activities,
    relevant taken actions and imposed penalties
n   The organization and execution of joint surveillance
    and testing projects
n   The drawing up of instructions/warnings on safety
    risks for consumers
n   The exchange of expertise and best practices on risk
    assessment and tests
n   The assessment of results of market surveillance
    activities
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Current situation
Main difficulties

n Insufficient human resources
n Insufficient financial resources
n Testing laboratories mainly independent
  bodies operating on a fee basis




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Progress made in and Positive initiatives with
regard to the monitoring of Product Safety in
Greece
n   Qualified personnel have been employed
n   Attendance of training courses on the application of RAPEX
n   Participation in joint projects of the European Network
n   Availability of a database of the Greek laboratories and their
    testing performance capability
n   Availability of a database of European and International
    standards in ELOT and a relevant database of CEN
n   Efficient cooperation of the enforcement Authorities with
    independent bodies, consumers and business
n   Effective response of manufacturers with consequent voluntary
    corrective actions-measures
n   Publication of RAPEX notifications translated into Greek in our
    website
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Cases successfully dealt with by the Greek
Authorities
n Dangerous and potentially dangerous fuels
n Toys and child-care articles with phthalates
n Stinky figures containing substances
  classified as dangerous
n Little glass particles resembling to
  confectionary without warnings of risk in
  Greek
n Firestone recall-corrective action
n Lighters resembling to toys
n Toy-vehicle with acute ends
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Conclusions
n Effective enforcement of legislation on Product Safety
  should be one of the main priorities of the policy on
  consumer protection
n The application of the provisions of the new GPSD by
  Greek Authorities had a positive impact on market
  surveillance activities related to Product Safety
n The coordination of the efforts of all those involved in
  the sector of GPS in line with the EU legislation
n Efficient cooperation at community and national level,
  easy access to information and sufficient resources
  are integral parts of any successful endeavor in the
  field of monitoring Product Safety

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