In accordance with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) and Regulation 765/2008, in November 2017 the European Commission validated 218 notifications on dangerous products and transmitted them to the Member States (EU Member States and EEA-EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). Most of these concerned products presenting serious risk: 182 notifications (83%). 9 notifications concerned products presenting less than serious risk and 27notifications were circulated for information.
Compared to the total number of notifications on dangerous
products submitted during the month of November 2016 (207) the number of
notifications was 13% higher in November 2017.
1. Notifying country
During the month of November, 24 EU Member States and Norway sent notifications on dangerous products through the RAPEX system.
The five most frequently notifying countries accounted for 44% of the notifications:
2.1. Product category
The notifications validated in November covered 21 categories of products.
The five most frequently notified product categories accounted for 79% of all notifications:
3. Type of risk
The notifications validated in November covered 10 different types of risk.
The five most frequently notified risk categories accounted for 87% of all notifications:
4. Country of origin
From the dangerous products notified, more than half originated from China. 60 notifications (28%) concerned products originating from EU/EEA Member States. 44 notifications (20%) concerned products originating in other countries. In 17 notifications (8%) the information available did not allow for identification of the country of origin of the notified product.
5. Measures adopted
In the month of November, 118 notifications (54%) were of compulsory preventive and restrictive measures ordered by national authorities (‘compulsory measures’). In 96 other notifications (44%), economic operators took preventive and restrictive measures on a ‘voluntary’ basis (‘voluntary measures’), i.e. they complied with their legal obligations without the formal intervention of a national authority. In 4 cases both types of measures were applied. It is very frequent that there is more than one measure adopted in relation to a notified product. That is, it is regularly the case, that when the authorities ordered a sales ban they have also ordered a withdrawal from the market.
There were 12 cases where the compulsory measures were initiated by a customs authority, and this was in Finland, Hungary and Italy.
of notifications by type of measure per country (absolute values):
6. Professional products and products posing risks other than health and safety
Adding up to these notifications, in the month of November were also validated 4 further notifications on professional products. These included:
- 2 notifications on products of the "motor vehicles" category notified by Germany posing risk of injuries;
- 1 notification from the Netherlands on a product of the "Construction products" category posing chemical risk and Health risks;
- 1 notification from the Netherlands on a product of the "Explosive atmospheres equipment" category posing risk of burns, fire and injuries.
Eleven further notifications were submitted by the Swedish authorities on products from categories "Electrical appliances and equipment", "Gadgets", Kitchen/cooking accessories", "Lighting equipment", "Communication and media equipment", "Hand tools", "Toys" and "Hobby/sports equipment" posing a risk to the environment.