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Consumers (16-04-2010)

Consumers: Annual RAPEX Report 2009 shows efficiency of EU

The number of dangerous consumer products notified through the EU's rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products ("RAPEX") rose by 7% in 2009 compared to 2008, the Commission's annual RAPEX report shows today. This rise from 1866 notifications in 2008 to 1993 last year shows that the capacity of the RAPEX system has increased again in 2009, following more effective market surveillance by Member States. European businesses are also taking their responsibilities in the consumer product safety area more seriously and recall their unsafe products from the market more readily. They also begin to use the dedicated rapid alert system for business ('Business Application') more systematically. Toys, clothing and motor vehicles were the most frequently notified products in 2009. In addition, the results of an EU market surveillance exercise, involving 13 Member States checking the safety of toys, were also presented today, and show that around 20% did not comply with the relevant safety requirements. John Dalli, Commissioner in charge of Health & Consumer Policy said: "This report serves as our annual reality check of the safety of products on the EU market for EU citizens. Safety is of critical personal relevance to Member States, and in the past six years RAPEX has become an example of the effectiveness of EU cooperation in this area".

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