The European Parliament recently voted in favor of requiring mandatory country of origin labeling for non-food products in the EU, which would be included in the proposed Consumer Product Safety Regulation (CPSR). Currently, country of origin labeling is voluntary in Europe and may be regulated by individual member states.
The CPSR together with the proposed Market Surveillance Regulation (MSR) are part of an ongoing effort to update the EU's product safety laws by increasing risk analysis and management duties, strengthening market surveillance (including penalties for noncompliance), and improving supply chain transparency and traceability. The proposed regulations are subject to further negotiations and will next be considered by the European Council. Several EU member states, including the United Kingdom and Germany, have indicated that they oppose mandatory country of origin product labeling, and so it remains to be seen whether those requirements will ultimately be adopted.