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What is SPEAC?

SPEAC is short for “Safe non-food consumer Products in the EU and China”.

SPEAC is an exciting information and training programme designed to help Chinese manufacturers sell safely to the EU. This is good news for both manufacturers and EU consumers. The partnership project between the European Union and China is implemented by a consortium led by GIZ International Services (Germany) and is funded by the European Commission.

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What we do?

Although the majority of products made in China and sold in the EU are safe and bring pleasure to EU consumers, sadly an unacceptable number are not safe. There may be a number of reasons for this, but having access to simple, practical information and support will help. Our product priorities are the toy and juvenile product sector and household electrical goods as the data shows this is where important safety issues still need to be tackled.

We know that finding reliable and relevant information on the EU rules can be tricky. There is a lot of official and unofficial information available online and the technical and legal language can be difficult to understand. Also, the EU rules can change over time to address new safety concerns, so keeping up to date isn’t always easy. The SPEAC project is here to help.

How we do it?

A range of user-friendly tools are being developed and these will include online information, webinars and virtual classrooms. You will find more information on this SPEAC website.

Finally, we recognise the increasing focus on online selling, and we are also creating help for merchants and others selling online based on a simple, practical checklist approach.

When we’ll do it

The SPEAC project will run over a period of 36 months from November 2019 to November 2022.

Working together

By working closely in partnership with Chinese business associations, we are making sure that the information and training we create is of real and lasting value and targeted to your needs.

Welcome onboard!

Stakeholders & Key Partners

Policy lead by:

  • European Commission, DG JUST 

Advised and supported by:

  • European Commission and European External Action Service (relevant services)
  • EU Member States/EEA Countries
  • Consumer Safety Network
  • General Administration of Customs of China
  • State Administration for Market Regulation of China

Cooperation partners

SPEAC team

DR. GERHARD WEIHS 2

DR. GERHARD WEIHS

Team Leader
JOHN LAWRANCE 2

JOHN LAWRANCE

Key Expert
Dr. Liu Kaiming

Dr. Liu Kaiming

Key Expert
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Christina Rentzmann

Project Manager
Gao Yanqiu-2

HELEN GAO

Project Coordinator
LIU YAN 2

LIU YAN

Communication Expert
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Torben Rahbek

Senior Product Safety Expert
Mark-Gardiner_web

Mark Gardiner

Senior Product Safety Expert
RICHARD SARGEANT 2

RICHARD SARGEANT

Senior Product Safety Expert
Geraldine Cosh-2

Geraldine Cosh

Senior Product Safety Expert
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Patrick Jannaschk-Schmitz

Project Manager
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ZHENG Zhijie

Senior Finance Advisor

Contact

GAO Yanqiu | 高艳秋
Project Coordinator
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Address:
Tayuan Diplomatic Office Building 1-13-1,
14 Liangmahe Nanlu, Chaoyang District100600 Beijing,
PR China

SPEAC finder

Knowledge hub on key product safety requirements, with a smart search engine on internal database (repository of information) and externally such as on the EU legal database and the information about the RAPEX system.

The SPEAC finder is under construction and will be online tentatively in the mid of 2021!

SPEAC E-Learning Platform

Everything you need to know about EU product safety and that you can learn online at your own pace, on your own, in a structured way. Feel free to build your own curriculum and select the modules of interest from the offer, according to your needs. This comes in addition to the direct training formats.

The SPEAC e-learning platform is under construction and will be online tentatively in the second half of 2021!
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