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Product law bulletin – May 2023

Published on 26 May 2023

Welcome to the latest edition of our product law bulletin, this month we focus on:

The spotlight's on product safety following the adoption of the General Product Safety Regulation (EU) and the UK Government's Round Table on online marketplaces

On 25 April 2023, the Council of the EU adopted the General Product Safety Regulation. The regulation aims to reinforce product safety and consumer protection laws for products sold both online and offline, in light of new technologies and online marketplaces. Read more.

European Council adopts general approach for proposed EU Artificial Intelligence Act

In December 2022, the European Council adopted its position (or "general approach") on the European Commission's proposed Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act. Read more.

Ford launches history making "hands-off, eyes on" car

Ford has officially launched the first hands-free car to be approved for use on UK. Read more.

Allergen update: more calls for stronger reporting and guidance 

In our last bulletin, we updated you on the commencement of the 'Natasha Trial' which was aimed at treating people living with food allergies. Read more.

General Product Safety Regulations breaches

Trading Standards have imposed a hefty fine on Romford-based furniture shop Rattan Garden Furniture Ltd for breaching fire safety rules. Read more.

OPSS publish Product Regulation Strategy for 2022 – 2025 

The Office for Product Safety and Standards ("OPSS") has published its regulation strategy for 2022 to 2025, "Delivery protection and confidence in a strong, green economy." Read more.