2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products: Toys and cars top the list of dangerous products detected
Today, the European Commission released its 2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products.
The report shows that in 2017, the Rapid Alert System was increasingly used by national authorities with more than 2,000 alerts on dangerous products circulated through the system.
In 2017, 'toys' was the most notified product category (29%), followed by 'motor vehicles' (20%), and 'clothing, textiles and fashion items' (12%).
As far as risks are concerned, in 2017 the risk most often notified was injury (28%), followed by chemical risk (22%). The majority of dangerous products notified in the system came from outside the EU. China is the number one country of origin, but the number of alerts remains stable at 53% (1,155) in 2017, same as the year before. The Commission continues to cooperate closely with Chinese authorities, working together to discuss specific cases and implement actions, such as exchange of good practices. Dangerous products of European origin accounted for 413 notifications (26%).
The 2,201 alerts sent through the Rapid Alert System prompted nearly 4,000 follow-up actions, such as the withdrawal of products from the market. This shows that all national authorities closely monitored the alerts in the system and took all necessary measures to help make the market safer for consumers. Consumers increasingly purchase products online directly from third countries. The challenge is now to ensure that these products meet EU standards for safety.
Many of the dangerous products notified in the Rapid Alert System are also sold on online platforms or marketplaces. To address this phenomenon, the Commission is encouraging cooperation with its international counterparts and online platforms to make sure that unsafe products do not reach EU consumers. The Commission issued a Recommendation on 1 March 2018 with a set of operational measures to be taken by online platforms and Member States to further step the work on illegal online content, including when it comes to dangerous products. In particular, the Commission is calling on platforms to take voluntary commitments that go further than their legal obligations in the field of product safety.
12 Marzo 2018