If a product is defective or faulty, is the authorised representative legally responsible? The answer to this question depends on what is written in the relevant directive.
According to most EU directives and regulations (e.g. Toy Safety Directive and the EMC Directive), the authorised representative is not liable. In such cases, the manufacturer is held responsible for ensuring the product's compliance status.
However, if the product is a medical device, then the authorised representative is liable. According to the EU MDR 2017/745, the authorised representative is responsible for defective products if the non—EU manufacturer has not complied with their general obligations.