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Joint industry letter urging Europe to rethink Product Liability Directive

Policy papers 20 Oct 2023

APPLiA co-signed with other 11 industry organisations a letter urging EU co-legislators to rethink the proposed revision of the Product Liability Directive.

In the EU, consumers can claim compensation for damage caused by defective products. Since 1985, product liability rules aim to maintain a fair balance between the interests of consumers and producers. 

A cornerstone of the current Directive and of the European civil justice system is that the claimant must prove the damage. The introduction of broad exceptions to this concept risk leading to a reversal of the burden of proof raising litigation and potentially non-legitimate claims. 

The revision of the product liability framework should not come at the expense of innovation or the European civil justice system's effective, fair and legally certain functioning.

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