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
- (a) identify the scope of the RAPEX system and Article 11 notification procedure;
- (b) clarify the notification criteria (including definitions of products and measures covered by and excluded from the notification procedures, redefined concept of the "cross-border effect", clearer provisions on the risk assessment);
- (c) define various stages and aspects of the notification and reaction procedures (such as the classification of notifications, content of notifications and reactions, the examination and validation of notifications and reactions by the Commission, follow up to notifications);
- (d) regulate aspects of the procedures which so far have not been subject to specific regulations, including permanent withdrawal of notifications from the system, temporary removal of notifications from the RAPEX website and confidentiality rules;
- (e) define the new risk assessment method that was developed by a dedicated working group of Member State experts and is recommended to all national authorities to assess the safety of consumer products.
Text of the 2010 RAPEX Guidelines
The new guidelines (text available in 22 official languages of the EU):
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)).
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.