Product safety

Articles and chemical products sold to consumers must not pose a risk to human health and safety. This is the overall principle stated in the Product Safety Directive. These rules apply when there is no other specific legislation for regulating the risk.

Consolidated text

Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on general product safety. (Last consolidated 1 January 2010).


Basic directive and all amendments to Directive 2001/95/EC are accessible in EUR-Lex.

Supplementary Swedish legislation

The Product Safety Directive is implemented in Swedish legislation by the Product Safety Act (2004:451) and the Product Safety Ordinance (2004:469).

According to the Product Safety Act, companies that have sold dangerous products and services have to notify this to the Swedish Consumer Agency. Consumers may also notify the Swedish Consumer Agency of any harmful articles or services they have encountered.

Find out more about product safety on the Swedish Consumer Agency website.