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RAPEX - Operational guidelines (Member State level)
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Operational guidelines (Member State level)

RAPEX guidelines applied since 2010

On 16 December 2009, the Commission adopted Decision 2010/15/EU laying down the new guidelines for the management of the "RAPEX" system and of the notification procedure established under Article 11 of the General Product Safety Directive.

Content of the 2010 RAPEX guidelines

Text of the 2010 RAPEX Guidelines

The new guidelines (text available in 22 official languages of the EU): BG CS DA DE EL EN ES ET FI FR HU IT LT LV MT NL PL PT RO SK SL SV pdf

Use of Guidelines for notifications based on Regulation (EC) No 765/2008

Since guidelines were written before 1 January 2010 they refer explicitly only to notifications based on the General Product Safety Directive. Nevertheless they are the main reference also for notifications based on Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 (see its Article 22(4)).

RAG Application

The "RAG Application" has been established to support the use of the RAPEX risk assessment guidelines when assessing the risks of non-food consumer products under the General Product Safety Directive.

The application is web-based and directly accessible (no login required), it saves data only on the user's local hard disk. Users are thus free to use the application as it fits their needs. - Of course suggestions for improvement are always welcome (see link under the application's About).

It is highly recommended that users read the RAPEX risk assessment guidelines before using the application; the guidelines are accessible under the application's Help. The Help also describes how to use the application, including brief summary references to the guidelines.

To access the "RAG Application", click here.