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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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(p.203) 16 Introduction
European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety

Christopher Hodges

Oxford University Press

This part of the book turns from examining the mechanisms that are adopted within the legislation to examining the legislation from different, wider perspectives, in particular by examining some important themes. It follows from the recognition that the analysis involves socio-political issues, that it is necessary to analyse product safety regulation in relation to the way in which the various Community actors (notably, as found in Part One and Part Two, the Commission, Member State authorities, committees, European and national agencies, manufacturers, and consumers) interrelate in reaching judgements on safety regulation. In order to be more specific about the level of safety that is desired or achieved, concepts of risk are used. Risk is a concept based on quantification, and it is therefore necessary for there to be mechanisms that produce quantified data.

Keywords:   legislation, socio-political issues, Member State authorities, consumers, safety regulation

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