Product Compliance

The sale of products within the EU today is subject to comprehensive regulation. Many different technical and formal guidelines must be observed. Demands grow continuously. Deficiencies in the EU regulations and delays in the implementation of EU directives by the legislature increase complexity and create uncertainty. Infringements of the law may result not only in official complaints, fines and recalls but also increasingly in competition lawsuits, a situation that poses numerous challenges to market participants.

Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner possess proven competence and many years of experience in product law. We can advise you on all aspects of product regulation throughout the lifecycle of a product. We can support you in and out of court with respect to material product requirements, product labelling and accompanying documentation, contract drafting and imports from third countries. If product safety defects are identified, we also guide our clients safely through the crisis. We monitor risk assessment, coordinate authorities in this country and abroad, monitor corrective measures and represent you at administrative offence and criminal proceedings. We also support you in enforcing/defending claims under competition law.

Our advice covers the following issues in particular:

  • Material product requirements
  • CE declaration, CE label, GS (Geprüfte Sicherheit, Tested Safety) symbol
  • Product licensing procedures, accreditation and certification
  • Accompanying documentation (declaration of conformity, operating instructions)
  • Product labelling
  • Contract drafting (QA and distribution agreements)
  • International and national product recalls
  • Product liability and compensation
  • Administrative offence proceedings and competition cases in the event of product infringements
  • Claims for costs in the supply chain
  • Insurance claims
  • Contact with authorities and RAPEX
  • Recall management

Core areas:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical and electronic appliances
  • Mechanical and systems engineering
  • Medical products
  • Foodstuffs
  • RoHS, BattG [German Batteries Act], WEEE, energy consumption
  • Product-related waste legislation
  • Fertilisers and pesticides
  • Biocides, REACH

Lawyers for Product Compliance