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Durham University

Durham Law School

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Publication details for Dr Barend van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen, Barend (2014). PIP Breast Implants, the EU's New Approach for Goods and Market Surveillance by Notified Bodies. European Journal of Risk Regulation 5(03): 338-350.

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With the New Approach for goods, the EU has created a regulatory framework for placing products on the market in which both public and private parties have an important role to play. The various cases which have been brought after the PIP breast implants scandal show the difficulties with trying to link this ex ante regulatory framework to potential liability for defective products. National courts have reached different conclusions about the scope of the obligations of certification bodies in the New Approach. Since these issues are about the fundaments of the construction of the New Approach, it would be desirable for the ECJ, and perhaps even the European legislator, to get involved.