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Alerts (RAPEX)

Rapid Alert System for non-food dangerous products (RAPEX) allows the participating countries (EU countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) to exchange information with the Commission on products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers and steps taken to avert the danger. National authorities take measures to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of those products. RAPEX was established by the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD).

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).

The system does not cover  food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, which are covered by other mechanisms.

Both measures ordered by national authoritiespdf(151 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and measures taken 'voluntarily' by producers and distributors are reported via RAPEX.


2013 RAPEX facts and figures - latest data


Weekly notifications

Every Friday, based on information provided by national authorities, the Commission publishes a weekly overview of potentially dangerous products (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.

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