Among the most frequently notified risks caused by these products were chemical risks, risk of strangulation, risk of injury and choking.
RAPEX 2013 in numbers
2,364: total number of notifications
31: number of participating countries (EU28 +Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
5 most frequently notified product categories in 2013:
25% Clothing, textiles and fashion items;
9% Electrical appliances and equipment;
7% Motor vehicles;
Notifications by country of origin of the notified product:
64% China including Hong Kong;
15% EU-28 and EEA countries;
Launching the report today, the EU Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica said: "RAPEX shows that Europe is vigilant and cares for the safety of our 500 million citizens. It is a success story of cooperation between national authorities and EU institutions for the benefit of our citizens. The 10th anniversary of RAPEX is testimony to the ever increasing importance that enforcement authorities give to co-operation in ensuring a safer Single Market.”
RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system between Member States and the European Commission on non-food products. Its role is to rapidly disseminate information on potentially dangerous products and national enforcement action. This results in the earlier identification and earlier removal from EU markets of products which pose a danger to consumers.
Since its establishment in 2003, RAPEX has had a continued and steady expansion in terms of alerts received and follow up actions undertaken in response to such alerts. From around 200 notifications in 2003, RAPEX now receives and distributes more than 2000 notifications on a yearly basis.
For more information, please see:
MEMO/14/214: Rapex in 2013 - FAQ
Link to the RAPEX communication materials