The FTA and its member companies are guided by the objective of achieving a very high level of product safety. In line with our guiding principle of the honourable merchant and to meet consumers’ demands we self-impose high standards and are committed at bringing only safe products onto the market. We promote effective and easily applicable legislation for the double benefit of consumers and economic operators.
The 'Safer Products Package', as proposed by the European Commission in 2013 and including amendments by the European Parliament, does unfortunately not fulfil the criteria of significantly improving safety, strengthening compliance and reducing costs. Because of the manifest shortcomings of the legislative proposal, the European trade sector refuses the entire package unless major modifications are inserted.
Our concerns vis-à-vis the approach chosen by the Commission and Parliament are highlighted in our ‘Statement on the Safer Products Package’. Read the Statement here.