General products

Regulatory context

What is a general product?

The General Product Safety Directive defines a general product as “any product — including in the context of providing a service — which is intended for consumers or likely, under reasonably foreseeable conditions, to be used by consumers even if not intended for them, and is supplied or made available, whether for consideration or not, in the course of a commercial activity, and whether new, used or reconditioned.”

The scope of this definition applies to electrical and electronic goods, cosmetics, toys and other specific product groups in the European Union.

General product safety can be assessed in three main categories: objects, candles & room fragrances and aromatherapy. These three categories fall under the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC

What are the General Product Categories?


Tools, sponges, patches, brushes, etc., are considered ‘general products’ and more specifically ‘objects’.

Objects are also required to be …

Candles & Room fragrances

Room fragrances, candles, sprays and diffusers are considered ‘substances/mixtures applied by inhalation’

Scented products (non-cosmetic) are required to be …

Substances/Mixtures Applied on the Skin – Aromatherapy

Well-being and mood-enhancing products are considered ‘substances/mixtures applied on the skin’.

Scented products (non-cosmetic) are required to be …

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