Juli 2011- With the proposed bill from the German Federal Cabinet, the current compulsory information for consumers could be extended to almost all technical consumer products. The potential risks for the traders/producers are described as follow:
- Business secrets wouldn’t be longer a total exemption to disclose the required information to the authorities.
- Furthermore, the application for requesting information to the traders/producers would be simplified and will not longer need to be in writing and even in some cases, it would be free of charge.
- The authorities could take a decision without having heard the affected company. In case of hearing, the dateline to provide the opinion could be less than one month. Moreover the potential appeal of the company would not have suspensory effect.