The Commission of the European Union (EU) has released statistics on notices of unsafe consumer products that have been processed through the EU’s rapid information system (RAPEX) for the year ending December 31, 2014.
According to the Commission’s report, 2135 notifications of products posing a serious risk to health and safety were processed through the RAPEX system during 2014, once again setting a new record for the number of recorded notifications. The 2014 notification total represents a nearly 9 percent increase over 2013’s 1981 notifications, and a 37 percent increase over 2011’s 1556 notifications.
In past years, the Commission has attributed increases in notifications to the “increased circulation of unsafe products,” but also to “vigilant and proactive” efforts for enforcement authorities in EU Member States to protect consumer safety through the removal of unsafe products from the market.
Of the more than 2000 notifications of products posing a serious risk to consumers that were processed through the RAPEX system during the year, 650 were related to toys, while an additional 530 were related to clothing, textiles and fashion items. There were also 217 notifications related to electrical appliances and equipment, 194 notifications related to motor vehicles, and 81 notifications related to childcare articles and children’s equipment.
Regarding the country of origin identified in connection with products posing a serious safety risk, 64 percent of all notifications were related to products originating from China, including Hong Kong. Fourteen (14) percent of unsafe products originated in EU Member States, while 7 percent failed to identify any country of origin.