Technical consumer protection; market surveillance Product safety

The mission of the trade inspectorate at the governments is to ensure safe products in the area of technical consumer protection. This includes in particular toys, personal protective equipment, home and leisure equipment, sports equipment, machinery, gas appliances and much more.

Description

Product safety

Manufacturers and distributors may only place safe technical products on the market. They are responsible for ensuring that their products are designed in such a way that users and third parties are protected from hazards to life and health. This is a significant contribution to the preventive protection of consumers, employees and patients. The safety standard is based on the EU directives and the European standards that govern the free movement of goods in the internal market.

Cross-border cooperation

The monitoring activities of the labour inspectorates at the governments have been cross-border since 1993 with the introduction of the European Single Market. Information on safety defects in products such as household appliances, sports equipment and toys is exchanged throughout the EU.

In order to ensure that only safe products that meet the high European standards are placed on the market (i.e. enter the trade), the Bavarian Trade Inspectorate performs the following tasks in particular.

The trade supervisory authority

  • advises manufacturers and importers on questions concerning the CE marking of technical products (declaration that the requirements of the relevant EU directives concerning the quality of the product are met), on European safety standards and on the conformity assessment procedure,
  • inspects technical products at trade fairs and exhibitions and in the trade by means of targeted spot checks,
  • inspects technical products on a case-by-case basis at the manufacturer's, dealer's or importer's premises,
  • participates as a consumer protection authority in the EU-wide rapid information system and
  • withdraws unsafe products from circulation.

If you have questions about the quality requirements of technical products, or if you suspect that a product does not meet the prescribed safety-related quality requirements, you can contact the industrial inspectorate directly at the government of your administrative district. As an instrument for the exchange of information on unsafe products and product risks, the Internet-based information and communication system for the Europe-wide market surveillance of technical products (ICSMS) (see "Further links") is available to consumers and authorities.

Procedure

Market surveillance in Bavaria is carried out by the trade supervisory offices at the governments. Each trade supervisory office has special responsibilities for the whole of Bavaria. You can find an overview of the relevant responsibilities under "Further links".

Status: 05.10.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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