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Is the Product Liability Directive still fit for purpose?

Directive 85/374/EEC ("the Directive") came into force on 30 July 1985. The Directive lays down EU-wide rules for producers' liability resulting from defective products. It establishes the principle of liability without fault applicable to European producers. Where a defective product causes injury to a consumer or damage to their property, the producer may be liable even without negligence or fault on their part. The aim of the Directive is to facilitate the free movement of goods whilst maintaining a fair balance between the interest of consumers and producers. All Member States have transposed the Directive into their legislation. It is enacted in the UK by the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

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