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Product liability

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

In the Netherlands, the producer is liable for damage caused by a fault in a product, which can include:

  • the lack of a safety provision
  • unsound instructions for use
  • the lack of warnings on the product

The producer is not liable in cases such as the following:

  • The product was safe when first launched on the market, but was no longer so at a later date (e.g. due to deterioration).
  • The product was not originally intended for commercial purposes.
  • You could not possibly have known that the product was unsafe.

Product liability does not apply either to buildings, services and fresh food, for example.

Please note: If you import products from outside the EU, you are legally considered the producer. Product liability only applies to importers, not to agents.

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+31 (0)88 602 44 44

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency