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Internal Market: Iceland must change its legislation on product liability

22.5.2013

PR(13)45

The Icelandic rules on product liability are not in line with EEA law. This is the conclusion of a reasoned opinion delivered by the EFTA Surveillance Authority to Iceland today. 

Under Icelandic law, a supplier of a consumer product shall be held directly liable for damages caused by a defective product. According to EEA-law (Directive 85/374/EEC), the supplier may only be held liable in cases where the producer cannot be identified. Hence, under Icelandic law, the supplier bears a greater degree of responsibility than EEA law allows. 

A reasoned opinion is the second stage of the infringement procedure. The Authority can bring the matter before the EFTA Court if the State fails to comply with the reasoned opinion. 

For further information, please contact:
Mr.Ólafur Einarsson
Director, Department of Internal Market Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 73




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