At Element, we help your products meet the safety requirements of the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). With comprehensive testing, advisory services, and Notified Body support, we guide you through compliance, reducing time to market and ensuring consumer trust.


What is General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR) EU/2023/988?

The General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR) EU/2023/988 uses the EU general product safety legal framework to address new challenges from digitalization, whilst ensuring consumer products on the EU markets are safe. The GPSR replaces the current General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) as of 13th December 2024.


Key Benefits of General Product Safety Regulation Services

  • Future-Proofed Safety Compliance: We ensure compliance with the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR), which offers future-proofed safety rules to protect consumers against evolving digitalization challenges, whether they purchase products online or offline.
  • Comprehensive Testing and Support: Our third-party testing and support services give you confidence that your products are safe and compliant with GPSR requirements. 
  • Extensive Notified Body Services: Our electrical safety testing team provides Notified Body services for both the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) and GPSR, providing adherence to safety requirements across directives. We cover a range of directives, including EMC, Radio Equipment, and Explosive Atmospheres, facilitating compliance with diverse safety regulations.
  • End-to-End Support: Element experts guide you through the entire product lifecycle, from initial advisory services to testing, certification, and market access. This streamlined process reduces time to market, ensuring compliance and efficiency every step of the way.


General Product Safety Directive GSPD

Unlike many product directives, the GPSD directive (2001/95/EC) does not require the use of CE marking but uses many of the same principles, such as the option to use harmonized standards to provide a presumption of conformity to the safety requirements of the directive.


General Product Safety Regulation 

From December 2024 the General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR) EU/2023/988 will take effect within the EU product safety legal framework replacing the current General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC). This regulation requires that all consumer products entering the EU markets are safe, the regulation establishes specific obligations for businesses to ensure this. 


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Testing for the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) and GPSR (EU/2023/988)

We provide objective, third-party testing, and support to help give you the confidence that you are placing safe, compliant products in your chosen market. We can also help to identify risks associated with your product, produce test plans, or choose appropriate test standards to avoid unnecessary compliance penalties.


General product safety guidance

Because of the broad scope of the directive and regulations, it can be difficult to understand how it applies to your product and how to demonstrate that your product is ‘safe’. Through our advisory services, we provide guidance, advice, and support in the initial stages of your product development so that you can incorporate the appropriate safety principles into your product's design reducing significant time to market.


Notified Body services

Element’s electrical safety testing team provides you with the services you need to meet the safety requirements of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) and General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR).

We offer Notified Body services for the following directives:

In addition to services related to CE marking and other EU product safety requirements, we provide safety testing services for countries around the world. 


Why Choose Element?

At Element we can support you throughout the entire product life cycle, reducing time to market and ensuring compliance.

We are UKAS accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017, a Notified Body for the European Radio Equipment, EMC & ATEX Directives, an Approved Body for UKCA Marking covering the UK Radio Equipment Regulation, EMC Regulation and Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulation, a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) for the US, a Foreign Certification Body (FCB) for Canada and a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) for Japan. Element is also a certification body under the IECEE CB Scheme.

Our Global Market Access team can provide additional services for exporting products into the worldwide market.

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What is the difference between GPSD and GPSR?

The difference between GPSD and GPSR is that the new EU General Product Safety Regulation EU/2023/988 offers future-proofed product safety rules for consumer protection against non-food products sold offline or online. 

New additions set out by the European Commission GPSR guidance offer clearer guidelines for compliance than the GPSD Directive and include the following updates:

  • Product safety obligations for both economic operators and online marketplaces such as Amazon.
  • Reinforced product traceability requirements
  • Accident reporting to authorities by businesses
  • Reinforced market surveillance rules
  • Rules on handling product recalls, mandatory recall notice template, and right to remedy for consumers
  • Improved guidance

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