The Rapid Alert System for non-food dangerous products (“rapid exchange” also known as RAPEX) allows the 31 participating countries (EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and the European Commission to exchange information on products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers and on the measures taken by these countries to do away with that risk. National authorities take measures to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of those dangerous products. Both measures ordered by national authorities and measures taken 'voluntarily' by producers and distributors are reported via the system.
RAPEX was established by the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) in 2004.
RAPEX also covers products posing risk to health and safety of professional users and to other public interests protected by relevant EU legislation (e.g. environment and security). It does not cover food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, which are covered by other mechanisms.
RAPEX Weekly report
Every Friday, based on information provided by the national authorities, the Commission publishes a weekly overview of latest alerts (called RAPEX notifications)
Weekly notification reports include:
- information on the product, identified risk and measures taken in the notifying country;
- list of other countries where the notified product was found on their market and measures taken;
- notifications on products posing less than serious risk;
- notifications on professional products and on those posing risk to other public interests.