Iceland participates fully in the Single market of Europe according to the provisions of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). It is thus necessary in Iceland to ensure in the same way as in Member States of the EU, that products benefiting from the free movement of goods within the Community fulfil requirements providing a high level of protection of public interests such as health and safety, protection of consumers as well as safety at the workplace.
The Consumer Agency according to Act No 134/1995 is the competent authority for market surveillance in accordance to the general product legislation, cf. the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) 2001/95/EC. Furthermore, the Agency is the competent authority for market surveillance according to various sector specific EU Directives as transposed into national legislation.
The Agency is also responsible to manage the general organization of official market control (market surveillance) in cooperation with other sector specific market surveillance authorities (MSAs) in order to ensure effectiveness and coordination to the extent possible, cf. Article 14 of Act No 134/1995. This work and consultations shall be carried out in co-ordination committee(s) according to the provisions of Act No 134/1995, as amended.
The Consumer Agency in cooperation with other market surveillance authorities has drawn up a National Market Surveillance Program 2018 (NMSP) according to the provisions of Regulation (EC) 765/2008.
The Safety Division carries out daily activities in the field of product safety and other general technical issues as further described here.