Floor coverings sold without CE marking of conformity

(Final report of 2013)(Prague, January 23, 2014) Resilient, textile as well as laminate floor coverings that are designed for floors inside buildings or in exteriors were inspected within an action carried out from February 18 to October 15, 2013. During the project, inspectors of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority checked 94 distributors of these products in retail network and detected violations of the Act on Technical Requirements for Products in one third of cases. Offered floor coverings were not equipped with CE marking of conformity or...

Fines for sale of electrical appliances without marking

(Final report for 2013) (Prague, January 22, 2013) Electrical appliances are specified products on which provisions of the Act on Technical Requirements for Products as well as a number of technical standards apply with regard to high rate of risk of injury by electric current or fire in case when safety standards are not complied with. Fulfilment of obligations by producers, importers, and distributors of electrical products is continuously enforced by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. In 2013, technical inspectors inspected a total of 1,1...

Decoration wallpapers sold without obligatory marking

(Final report of 2013)(Prague, January 9, 2014) When placed on the market, decoration wallpapers shall fulfil obligations determined by the Act on Technical Requirements for Products as well as appropriate implementing regulations and technical regulations. With regard to numerous breaches of law detected within inspections of wallpapers in 2012, the inspection action continued in the following year. During 2013, CTIA inspectors inspected 82 distributors in retail market network and detected shortcomings in 19 cases that mostly concerned wallpa...

LPG and diesel samples failed again in December

(Monitoring of fuel quality in December 2013)(Prague, January 14, 2014) In December, a total of 166 samples of petrol, diesel fuel, fuel blends, FAME, LPG, CNG, and ethanol were collected and 5 of them failed technical regulations, i.e. 3%. Three collected samples of LPG exceeded limit contents of sulphur up to three times, thus, it can be assumed that such deviations were a result of a production defect or it was intentionally manipulated with the motor fuel. Excessive content of sulphur in two samples of LPG was already detected by the Czech ...

Sellers, producers, and importers still breach Act on Packaging

(Final Report of 2013)(Prague, January 7, 2014) Subjects that place on the market any types of packaging shall respect a number of provisions stipulated in the Act on Packaging which is supervised by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. Surveillance especially concerns compliance with limits of heavy metals content in packaging as well as responsibility to ensure safe take-back of packaging. Among others, vendors are obliged to comply with provisions concerning returnable deposit packaging. Inspectors detected breaches of the Act on Packaging...

Batteries and accumulators – Act on Wastes

(Final report of the project of 2013)(Prague, January 3, 2014) Portable batteries and accumulators belong among products that are regulated by the Act on Wastes concerning marking, information obligations of distributors as well as take-back of used products. At present, inspection activity of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority is mostly preventive and informative and has been positively reflected in results of surveillance actions in 2013 when only one breach of the Act on Wastes concerning monitored assortment was detected. CTIA will contin...

Consumer discrimination shall not be tolerated in any way

(Interim report of third quarter of 2013) (Prague, December 31, 2013) Discrimination of consumers is a very difficult thing to prove because in some cases consumers consider certain conduct discriminative despite vendor’s conduct is legal and cannot be considered discriminative. In other cases, consumers don’t raise their voice against discrimination, so surveillance authority is not informed about it and hence cannot punish it. However, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority inspects every submission or suggestion concerning any consumer discri...
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