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  • Commission maintains safety requirements for cigarette lighters

    In order to ensure that children continue to be protected from the dangers of novelty cigarette lighters, or cigarette lighters which are not child-resistant, the EU has extended the ban, which prevents them appearing on the market, up until 11 May 2015. Further prolongation of the bans is possible in the future if necessary.


  • Product Safety videos in English and Chinese

    Four short videos demonstrate EU safety requirements for four selected products (pushchairs, lighters, food imitating products, cords and drawstrings in children's clothes).


  • Stronger EU cooperation leads to higher consumer safety
    In 2012, a total of 2,278 measures against dangerous non-food products, were taken by Member States and reported in the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX). This indicates a 26% rise in alerts when compared to 2011 figures, an increase that could be attributed to the improved enforcement work carried out by the authorities in EU countries.


  • New rules for safer products

    The European Commission has proposed new enforcement rules that aim to improve safety of consumer products in Europe. The rules would make sure that unsafe products are more efficiently traced and never reach consumers or other users.


  • Consumer Product Safety – a common objective
    A Trilateral EU-China-US Consumer Product Safety Summit took place on 28-29 June in the United States with the participation of the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli, and his counterparts from the US and China.

    The main topic of the summit was: "Product safety surveillance from factory to front door: a cooperative effort".

  • Fewer dangerous items reaching EU markets - RAPEX Report
    Consumers like to be sure that the products they buy are safe.  The good news is that fewer dangerous products reach the EU market since such products are now detected earlier and removed more readily, thanks to an increasingly effective EU rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products ("RAPEX").


  • Consumers: EU move to reduce cigarette ignited fires to save hundreds of lives each year

    Cigarettes left unattended are one of the leading causes of fatal fires in Europe. Evidence shows that the number of fatalities can be reduced by over 40% with the introduction of 'Reduced Ignition Propensity' (RIP) cigarettes i.e. cigarettes which self-extinguish when left unattended and are thus less likely to cause fire.


  • Study on nano claims on consumer product labels

    There appears to be confusion about the use of "nano" on consumer product labels. A nano claim may not necessarily mean that nano material is present in the product. Just as products without a nano claim may contain nano materials used in their manufacture.
    This study aimed to find out how producers justify nano claims on their products. Are claims used to show the presence of nano materials in the products or is "nano" used just to attract consumers' attention?

    Only an extended summary of the study results is available as the majority of the producers who responded did not agree to the disclosure of the information.


  • Study on flame retardant substances in consumer products in domestic environments

    Background and aims of the study

    In the EU, fire safety has been an issue of serious public and political concern during the past years, and Member States have taken different approaches to deal with it. To provide a contribution to further develop and possibly conclude this debate, the study on "Identification and evaluation of data on flame retardants in consumer products" aimed to acquire an up-to-date knowledge on flame retardant substances currently applied in consumer products largely used at home.

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