Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 19 April 2007
“This Rapid Alert System is a powerful watchdog and an excellent example of European value added" said European Commissioner for Consumer affairs, Meglena Kuneva, "The constant increase in the number of measures notified is a good sign, it shows that vigilance across Europe is getting better and better. Today's annual report shows that the system in 2006 is working better than ever before. My task is to make it grow to its full potential."
A 32% increase in notifications
The number of notifications has risen steeply during the last few years. In the second year after the entry into force of revised rules governing non-food consumer product safety in Europe, the number of notifications relating to products presenting a serious risk has more than doubled from 388 in 2004 to 924 in 2006. In 2006, there was an increase of 32% in relation to 2005 for serious risk notifications. Over 40% of all notifications concern voluntary measures taken by businesses - a considerable year-on-year increase. This is a clear indicator of growing safety awareness on the part of European economic operators.
Five countries accounted for 60% of all notifications:
The assessment of the functioning of the system in 2006 indicates that there is still an uneven distribution of notifications and reactions relating to products presenting a serious risk among Member States. Therefore there is a need for some Member States to improve their participation in the RAPEX system.
Toys and electrical appliances top the list
Most frequently notified products included:
Toys, electrical appliances and motor vehicles alone accounted for more than half of the notifications in 2006. This is in line with the previous year's results. The main difference is that for the first time, toys took over from electrical appliances as the product category most often notified.
Most frequent risks
The five main risk categories were:
Main country of origin
The People's Republic of China was indicated as the country of origin of the
notified product in almost half of all cases (440 notifications, 48%). To
address this, the Commission has intensified its cooperation on product safety
with China. Given the fact that China has rapidly become one of the biggest
exporters of consumer products to Europe, in 2006 the Commission signed a
Memorandum of Understanding and a Roadmap for safer toys to improve the safety
of incoming products.
The RAPEX Report 2006 is available in English, French and German at: