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More dangerous consumer products removed from market in 2013
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25/03/2014 13:50:44

An EU report out today reveals that 2,364 unsafe products were banned, withdrawn from the market or recalled in 2013 showing that the EU RAPID alert system, RAPEX, is working well. The figures show a 3.8% rise in alerts last year compared to 2012. Clothing, textiles and toys topped the list of offenders, making up half of all unsafe products reported to the EU’s rapid alert system for dangerous non-food consumer products – RAPEX.

    Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica presenting the report

    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;
         25%   Toys;
         9%     Electrical appliances and equipment;
         7%     Motor vehicles;
         4%     Cosmetics

    Notifications by country of origin of the notified product: 
         64% China including Hong Kong;
         15% EU-28 and EEA countries;
         10% Unknown;
         11% Other           

    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

    Last update: 25/03/2014  |Top