CASP stands for Coordinated Activities for the Safety of Products. It enables all authorities of EU/EEA countries responsible for market surveillance to cooperate to reinforce the safety of products placed on the European markets. CASP projects can focus on the analysis of a single product or a group of products (product specific activities or on the exchange of best practices on market surveillance (horizontal activities).
CASP operates at three levels:
• It organises the testing of products pre-selected by the Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) participating in each project.
• It encourages cooperation and exchange of good practices among the MSAs.
• It contributes to greater awareness about product safety among economic operators and consumers through an active communication strategy about its activities and results.
What are the benefits?
• Thanks to the direct financing by the European Commission, more products can be tested.
• Tests are performed by accredited European laboratories.
• Testing plans, approaches and methodologies are harmonised across Europe.
• More synergies and greater cohesion across the European Single Market.
• Consistent communication with economic operators and consumers.
How does it work?
1. The European Commission invites MSAs to take part in a set of CASP activities, pre-selected on the basis of the MSAs interests. Member States take part in each activity according to their priorities. Participation is voluntary, but the results are shared with all MSAs.
The participating MSAs will then jointly decide — with the support of relevant experts and the European Commission when necessary— the criteria by which products from each specific category will be sampled from the national markets and tested.
2. After MSAs have sampled the products in their respective markets, they are tested in accredited laboratories located within the European Union. MSAs then analyse the outcome of the tests, jointly assess the risks evidenced by the tests and take the appropriate measures on non-compliant products that have been found as posing a risk to consumers. Those products are then subject of an alert in the rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products (https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/?event=main.search&lng=en)
3. The MSAs then work on resulting recommendations, which are converted into communication material to be disseminated among economic operators and consumers.
4. At the end of each project cycle, the CASP Closing Event presents the outcomes of the projects and launches a European wide communication campaign.