European legislation ensures a consistent, high level of protection for the health and safety of consumers by means of strict common safety rules and standards for products and services circulating within the internal market.
A market surveillance system and the Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (RAPEX) allow dangerous products to be quickly withdrawn from the market, preventing further risks to consumers.
In Cyprus, the competent authority for the purpose of these rules is the Consumer Protection Service, together with other governmental authorities.
The main tasks and responsibilities of the Consumer Protection Service (CCPS) involve the monitoring of the market and the effective implementation of the legislation on product safety, the safety of toys and the Regulation setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products (Regulation (EC) 765/2008). In addition, CCPS is responsible for coordinating other governmental competent authorities on market surveillance safety issues.
Inter alia, CCPS has been designated as Cyprus’ national authority for the administration of the GRAS-RAPEX system.
The Consumer Protection Service implements a series of measures and actions to meet the highest possible safety requirements laid down in the legislation. Amongst other, CCPS conducts/performs:
- market inspections
- random checks
- suspension of sale / notifications conformity
- withdrawal of products from the market
- information campaigns
- weekly media notifications
In addition, CCPS cooperates with the Customs Department for the effective control of the Republic’s entry points as well as with other governmental authorities involved in product safety, such as the Labour Inspection Department, the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Services and State General Laboratory.
For further information on market surveillance, please see Regulation (EC) 765/2008.
A notified body is an organisation designated by an EU country to assess the conformity of certain products before being placed on the market. These bodies carry out tasks related to conformity assessment procedures set out in the applicable legislation, when a third party is required. The European Commission publishes a list of such notified bodies.
In Cyprus, the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industryis responsible for the operation of the accreditation organisation, which approves and controls the Notified Bodies and notifies the EU institutions and other Member States.
To date, there are three Notified Bodies established in Cyprus:
- Cyprus Certification Company (CYC) Ltd
- TUV Cyprus Ltd
- Nortest Cyprus Ltd