EU legislation must allocate liability for product compliance online - LightingEurope Online Mystery Shopping Exercise 2023


Date: 13-12-2023

LightingEurope carried out a mystery shopping exercise throughout 2022-2023. The purpose of this exercise was to establish the rate of non-compliant lighting products sold online via marketplaces that make products available to European users. Once again, the results demonstrate that non-compliant lighting products are easily accessible online.

LightingEurope calls upon EU policymakers to finally address the legal loophole where traders are located outside of the EU and do not have an EU-based economic operator that can be held liable for the non-compliance of the products and allocate lability not just for product safety, but for all product requirements, e.g., when a product does not satisfy ecodesign or energy labelling rules or does not contribute to waste recovery and recycling fees.