EU – The European Commission published its 2018 report on the Safety Gate on April 5, 2019. The rapid alert system for dangerous products enables the fast exchange of information between EU/EEA member states and the European Commission regarding dangerous non-food products, which endanger the health and safety of the consumers. According to the report, the authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts about dangerous products. Most of the alerts came from the category toys (31%), followed by vehicles (19%) and clothing, textile and fashion articles (10%). Chemical risks and the danger of injury accounted for the main risks (25% apiece) as well as the risk of suffocation for children (18%). More than half of all products detected as being dangerous originated from China.
“The Safety Gate is an important tool for the protection of the people in Europe against dangerous products,” explained Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Equality. “According to the report, there were more than 2,000 alerts and almost double the amount of call-backs and withdrawals from the market.” Product call-backs are one of the most frequent measures implemented to reduce the risks that occur as a result of dangerous products. According to a press release, the number of products that are returned by the consumers is still very low. The results of a new survey show that one third of the respondents consciously continue to use the call-back products. This indicates that call-backs possibly don’t have a large influence on the consumers and/or that the respective risk is not communicated strongly enough.
Since 2003, it has been possible via the rapid alert system Safety Gate – formerly RAPEX – for the member states and the European Commission to exchange information on dangerous non-food products that have been taken off the market in Europa fast. An own website was set up especially for the Safety Gate; around 50 alerts are published on it every week.