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50% of condoms sold in France do not comply with regulations.

For the most part, however, they do not present a major risk for users, an investigation by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) indicated on Monday.

The infringements noted mainly concern the obligations imposed on manufacturers in terms of consumer information.

Of the 14 types of condoms inspected by the DGCCRF in 2019, some were thus endowed with “incomplete labeling or […] an incomplete leaflet”.

After this observation, the organization sent "three warnings" as well as "an injunction".

One of the references even has perforations.

“A withdrawal / recall procedure” was initiated against this product and an affected lot was destroyed.

In 2017-2018, this figure reached 82%

The models inspected correspond to the main brands sold in France.

The DGCCRF indicates that it has carried out 71 control actions in 34 establishments.

These are representative of the “diversity of operators present on the French market (manufacturers, importers, distributors including wholesalers and retail businesses)”.

The management was particularly interested in condoms that had not been declared compliant, after a similar survey conducted in 2017-2018.

82% of the references analyzed did not comply with the regulations.

The DGCCRF is pleased that the new investigation "made it possible to observe [that the professionals] had put an end to the non-conformities noted then".

The competition authority also took advantage of its operation to inform the players in the sector about the new regulation (EU) 2017/745 relating to medical devices.

It concerns, among other things, condoms and will come into force on May 26, 2021.


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