National authorities use Rapid Alert System to remove more dangerous products from stores, and Commission works to tackle unsafe products sold online.
Today, the European Commission presented its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. In 2016, national authorities removed more dangerous products from stores. As more and more dangerous products are sold online, the Commission has stepped up its cooperation with Amazon, Ebay and Alibaba to tackle potentially unsafe or non-compliant products on their websites.
Since 2003, the Rapid Alert system ensures that information about dangerous non-food products withdrawn from the market and/or recalled anywhere in Europe is quickly circulated between Member States and the European Commission.
The cooperation between EU countries has intensified and they increasingly use the Rapid Alert System to ensure that dangerous products are quickly removed everywhere in Europe. In 2016, national authorities followed up more closely on alerts, taking the necessary measures to make the market a safer place for consumers. The European Commission has also worked with national authorities to make the system even more user-friendly and the public website has been modernised to encourage its use by companies and consumers.
In 2016, toys were the most notified product category (26%), followed by motor vehicles (18%), and clothing, textiles and fashion items (13%). The majority of dangerous products notified in the system came from outside the EU. China was the country of origin for 53% of notified products, representing a 9% drop compared to 2015. Dangerous products of European origin accounted for 23% of the notifications, 5% came from the United States and 2.6% came from Turkey.
The European Commission has an established, regular cooperation with the Chinese authorities on product safety issues. This cooperation includes, since 2006, a systematic exchange called "RAPEX-China" with the Chinese authorities on information related to notifications concerning dangerous products of Chinese origin detected by EU Member States. Since June 2016 this cooperation has been reinforced on product safety matters, with particular emphasis on the safety of products sold online.
Rapid alert system website
16 March 2017