“There are no hazardous appliances in Bulgarian market of household and audio-visual equipment but some discrepancies regarding the marks of goods and non-compliance with the requirements for translation of user manual into Bulgarian language have been concluded “. That was stated by Deputy Minister of Economy Daniela Vezieva, enrolling into the joint inspection carried out by the Ministry of Economy, the State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance (SAMTS) and the Commission for Consumer Protection (CCP) to check domestic appliances and consumer electronics.
“The campaign of the Ministry of Economy aimed at safety and legality as regards the marketing of household and audio-visual equipment”, said Deputy Minister Vezieva. She explained that, apart from the technical reliability of the appliances, during the inspection it would be checked their prices, whether VAT had been incurred and whether they comforted to the import documents. The most commonly reported violations concerned the inconsistencies with the requirements for goods marks, translation of user manual into Bulgarian language and warnings on labels.
The inspections, which the SAMTS has performed since the beginning of the year, resulted in seizing and destroying of 195 appliances inconsistent to the requirements. 1917 inspections in total has been carried out by the SAMTS since the beginning of the year to date. 876 of them have been focused on household and audio-visual equipment, and only 30 violations have been recorded mainly concerning refrigerators and TV sets. 19 orders in the aggregate of BGN 20 000 have been issued up to now. The maximum fine for common violations is BGN 2000.