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A. Market surveillance coordination and cooperation

CONTEXT

A changing market structure requires a new approach to market surveillance

ISSUES

Limited investigative cooperation between Member States

Markets are global but market surveillance is still a largely national affair

EU-level coordination of surveillance efforts is burdensome and lacks stability

ENVISAGED ACTIONS

No action at EU level

Laying down legal provisions for enforcement cooperation between Member States

Enhancing cross-border market surveillance cooperation among Member States

Establishing a stable coordination body ensuring cooperation at EU level between national authorities


B. Functioning of RAPEX

CONTEXT

Functioning of RAPEX in recent years

ISSUES

Inconsistent application of RAPEX notification criteria and lack of proper execution of the reaction obligation to RAPEX notifications

Problems in determining whether a detected dangerous product is also sold in other Member States

ENVISAGED ACTIONS

No action at EU level

Simplification of RAPEX notification criteria and better monitoring of the execution of the reaction obligation to RAPEX notifications

Presumption of "the cross-border effect" for RAPEX notifications


C. Market surveillance of the safety of products sold on the Internet

CONTEXT

The number of consumer products sold via the Internet is steadily growing

ISSUES

Market surveillance of products sold on the Internet seems to lag behind market surveillance via other distribution channels

Existing enforcement tools appear to be less efficient in the electronic environment

ENVISAGED ACTIONS

No action at EU level

Clarifying the application of existing market surveillance rules to unsafe consumer products sold on the Internet

Creation of specific enforcement tools to tackle unsafe consumer products sold on the Internet


Definitions and/or further information on terms marked in italics can be found in the GLOSSARYpdf

Consultation Paper N°3pdf- arket surveillance framework in the product safety area



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