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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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Biocides, Cosmetics, Tobacco, and General Consumer Products

Biocides, Cosmetics, Tobacco, and General Consumer Products

(p.74) 6 Biocides, Cosmetics, Tobacco, and General Consumer Products
European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety

Christopher Hodges

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the regulatory systems for four further individual product types. Three of the types are vertical (biocides, cosmetics, and tobacco) and one (the only one of its type in the field of Community product regulation) is horizontal, covering all consumer products. Each of these systems contains different provisions but which contrast with the other regimes. The mechanisms that emerge from this revolve essentially around, first, whether primary responsibility for ensuring product safety is placed on individual manufacturers or on competent authorities and, secondly, whether the individual controls that are specified bite in the pre-marketing or post-marketing phases. The number of consumer products in circulation is unknown but enormous. Here, extensive data is not collected on products in circulation and it may be disproportionately costly to do so, but data of this type is fundamentally relevant information and can easily be overlooked in evaluating safety.

Keywords:   regulatory systems, biocides, cosmetics, tobacco, consumer products

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