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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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Safety and Risk

Safety and Risk

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(p.224) 18 Safety and Risk
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European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety
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Christopher Hodges

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282555.003.0018

It has been identified by the previous analysis that the principal purpose of the product regulatory system is to ensure that a sufficient level of safety exists when products are used. The meaning of the concept of safety in relation to products is the focus of this chapter. It looks at the concepts of safety, risk, hazard, and risk assessment, how these are applied in product regulatory systems, and whether the legal tests are coherent. It is necessary to examine the issues from the different perspectives of legislator, regulator, producer, and consumer. The starting-point of this chapter is to examine the substantive legal tests that are currently specified in the legislation for placing products on the market or removing them from the market.

Keywords:   regulatory system, safety, risk, hazard, risk assessment

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