European Legal Developments in Product Liability and Product Safety and the Total Quality Management Approach

Antoni Brack, J.F.B. Gieskes

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The purpose of this paper is to show that Product Liability (PL) and Product Safety (PS) are relevant categories in terms of the Total Quality Management literature. From a societal point of view PL and PS are two sides of a coin. The effects of the PL and PS regulation on companies are described and linked to the TQM-concept. By presenting the highlights of literature the proposed managerial remedies in the field of PL and PS are reviewed. Risk Management is a useful tool to estimate the vulnerability of a company to PL. An example of a checklist that can be used to audit the actual corporate state of affairs on PL and PS is presented. An in-company multidisciplinary Task Force of Experts on Safety should be charged with a monitoring function with regard to PS and should develop and implement a PL prevention policy
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)311-326
Number of pages16
JournalInternational journal of materials and product technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990


  • European law
  • Risk Management
  • TQM
  • total quality management
  • IR-81325
  • product liability
  • product safety
  • METIS-124266
  • safety

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