Reference : New Approach meets new economy: Enforcing EU product safety in e-commerce
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New Approach meets new economy: Enforcing EU product safety in e-commerce
Ullrich, Carsten mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Law Research Unit >]
Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law
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[en] E-Commerce ; online platforms ; New Approach ; risk regulation ; consumer protection
[en] This article reviews recent regulatory initiatives in the area of EU product safety legislation and
market surveillance from the angle of e-commerce through online marketplaces. With the arrival
of the internet, the sale of non-compliant and illegal consumer products has proliferated.
E-commerce and globalized supply chains are challenging a regulatory system that is fragmented,
highly technical and slow to respond to the dynamic changes introduced to the marketplace. The
EU Commission’s 2017 notice on the surveillance of products sold online and its latest proposal
for a new regulation on enforcing product compliance rules testify to the unsatisfactory state of
progress in this area. A reason for this may be seen in the history and nature of New Approach
style product law, which outsources technical product regulation to the industry and entrusts
enforcement tightly in the hands of specialized national regulators. New actors in the supply chain,
such as fulfilment service providers or e-commerce platforms, have fallen between the cracks. This
article argues that extending the principles of the New Approach to e-commerce marketplaces, by
seeing their activities as affecting essential requirements, could be of interest to both the problems
at hand and the wider debate on online platforms regulation.
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Author pre-print version (unrevised/undedited)– The final, published, revised version is available at Maastricht
Journal of European and Comparative Law (15 July 2019).
FnR ; FNR10965388 > Katalin Ligeti > REMS > Enforcement in multi-level regulatory systems > 15/07/2016 > 14/01/2023 > 2016

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