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  • Registration obligations under Reach!

    Those manufacturing chemical substances or importing them from outside the EU may have registration obligations under Reach! If one has pre-registered substances that one manufactures or imports from outside the EU – above one tonne but not more...

  • Weekly consumer advice

    • Consumers should know how the law protects them before accepting or refusing a credit note. • When the wrong product is purchased, sellers have no legal obligation to provide any form of remedy. • Most sellers are willing to take back unwanted...

  • Disclaimer

    The information published in this page is intended for information purposes only. Any legal claim or action taken in the event of a dispute should be based solely on the legal texts concerned. For more information, call the Office for Consumer...

  • Are purchased goods better protected by extended warranties?

    Are purchased goods better protected by extended warranties?

    While shopping around to buy certain types of products, such as white goods and electronic products, sellers may offer consumers the option to extend the standard commercial guarantee by buying an extended warranty. Under an extended guarantee,...

  • Wrong screwdrivers

    Q: Last week I bought a set of branded screwdrivers to give them as a gift, for which I paid €200. When I gave the present to the person I bought it for, we realised that the screwdrivers were of the wrong shape. I know this is my fault, as I did...

  • Tumble dryer – delayed repair

    Q: Nearly a year ago I purchased a tumble dryer which broke down within the warranty period. I reported the problem to the seller who picked it up to have it repaired. I was informed that a part needed to be ordered from abroad before they could...

  • Weekly consumer advice

    • We should gather information on the benefits extended warranties offer before purchasing them. • Carefully read the terms and conditions of the extended warranty to see what it covers and the remedies it provides. • It is our responsibility to...

  • Disclaimer

    The information published in this page is intended for information purposes only. Any legal claim or action taken in the event of a dispute should be based solely on the legal texts concerned. For more information, call the Office for Consumer...

  • Resolving consumer problems effectively

    Resolving consumer problems effectively

    From time to time problems crop up with the products we purchase. When this happens, we as consumers have two options, fix the product still under guarantee or complain with the seller and request a free solution. The first step to ensure an...

  • Defective new car

    Q: A year-and-a-half ago I purchased a new car for the price of €13,000. The car included a panoramic roof. From the very beginning it started making some strange noises when I drove it. During the first service the seller informed me that the...

  • Weekly consumer advice

    • The first step to a solution is to be well informed about rights. • Before facing the trader we should make ensure that we have all documents related to the purchase. • Presenting evidence of the problems we are experiencing helps to obtain the...

  • Disclaimer

    The information published in this page is intended for information purposes only. Any legal claim or action taken in the event of a dispute should be based solely on the legal texts concerned. For more information, call the Office for Consumer...

  • Our consumer responsibilities when paying for a service

    Our consumer responsibilities  when paying for a service

    As consumers we often also need to purchase services. We may, for example, need to have a faulty ap­pli­ance fixed or to carry out works at our house. Before engaging some­one to carry out a service for us, it is our consumer responsibility to...

  • Unsafe yo-yo ball withdrawn from local market

    Unsafe yo-yo ball withdrawn from local market

    The Market Surveillance Directorate within the Technical Regulations Division of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) has withdrawn a yo-yo ball from the local market. This was found to be dangerous due to the very long...

  • Weekly advice

    • Gather as much information as possible on the required service and on who will be providing it. • Make sure you have the name and contact details of the person you are engaging to carry out the service. • The price and date of completion agreed...

  • Disclaimer

    The information published in this page is intended for information purposes only. Any legal claim or action taken in the event of a dispute should be based solely on the legal texts concerned. For more information, call the Office for Consumer...

  • The benefits of sales and consumer rights

    The benefits of sales and consumer rights

    Christmas is literally round the corner and so are the much-expected January Sales. In a few days’ time we will start seeing several retail outlets putting up signs advertising discounted prices. Reduced prices encourage us consumers to shop as we...

  • Defective external hard disk

    Q: Earlier this year I bought an external hard disk from a local seller for the price of €130. I have important documents stored on this hard disk. Lately it got corrupted. When I went to the seller to complain about the corrupted disk, I was...

  • Weekly advice

    ▪ Reduced prices do not exempt sellers from their legal obligations. ▪ It is a misconception that reduced prices mean reduced rights. ▪ If goods purchased during the sales period turn out to be faulty, the seller is legally obliged to provide a...

  • Disclaimer

    The information published in this page is intended for information purposes only. Any legal claim or action taken in the event of a dispute should be based solely on the legal texts concerned. For more information, call the Office for Consumer...