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European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety$
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Christopher Hodges

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282555.001.0001

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Control of Distribution

Control of Distribution

(p.191) 13 Control of Distribution
European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety

Christopher Hodges

Oxford University Press

The purpose of controlling distribution is to ensure that the product that reaches the hands of the consumer does so in the condition intended by the manufacturer, and in the state in which it left him or her. If the justifications for imposition of regulation on distributors is that it should apply in the case of products for which performance and/or safety are critical and may be affected by the conditions in which they are stored or transported, there may be a case for extending regulation to products such as sterile or active implantable medical devices and certain types of mechanical, measuring, testing, or diagnosis equipment. It is argued in this chapter that sterility or other safety aspects can be adequately protected by appropriate packaging and by labeling. An obvious lacuna is that although the GPS duties apply to consumer products, no similar provisions apply for non-consumer products.

Keywords:   consumer, manufacturer, regulation, medical devices, GPS duties

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