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Brussels threatens charity shops and car boot sales

Wednesday, October 4th, 2000

Daily Mail, page 23, 4 October 2000
Charity shops, jumble sales and car boot sales are threatened by EU plans for a crackdown on product safety, Tories claimed last night. A proposed Brussels directive requiring retailers to provide for the full ‘traceability’ of the goods they sell may leave traders liable under community law when potentially dangerous products change hands, they warned.

There is no such threat to car boot sales, charity shops or jumble sales. The legislation concerned, the General Product Safety Directive, has been in force since 1992 and has not affected the areas mentioned. Nor will modifications now being made to the legislation

Charity shops banned from selling second hand toys

Tuesday, November 10th, 1992

Myth: Charity Shops are now banned from selling second-hand toys as a result of the EC toy safety Directive.Response: According to Directive 88/378/EEC on the Safety of Toys in force since 1 January 1990, all toys placed on the Community market for the first time must bear the CE  mark.  This also applies to new toys sold for charitable reasons.

Therefore, second-hand toys sold for charitable reasons are beyond the scope of the Directive.

The responsibility for deciding whether unmarked second-hand toys may be sold in a particular national market is left to the national authorities concerned.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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