In accordance with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) and Regulation 765/2008, in January 2017 the European Commission validated 151 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: 125 notifications (83%)。 14 notifications (9%) concerned products presenting less than serious risk and 12 notifications (8%) were circulated for information。
Compared to the total number of notifications on dangerous products submitted during the month of January 2016 (138) the number of notifications was 9% higher in January 2017.
1. Notifying country
During the month of January, 22 EU Member States and Iceland sent notifications on dangerous products through the RAPEX system.
The five most frequently notifying countries accounted for 57% of the notifications:
2。1。 Product category
The notifications validated in January covered 20 categories of products.
The five most frequently notified product categories accounted for 78% of all notifications:
3. Type of risk
The notifications validated in January covered 11 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 a half originated from China. 32 notifications (21%) concerned products originating from EU Member States. 25 notifications (16%) concerned products originating in other countries. In 10 notifications (7%) the information available did not allow for identification of the country of origin of the notified product.
5. Measures adopted
In the month of January, 66 notifications (44%) were of compulsory preventive and restrictive measures ordered by national authorities (‘compulsory measures’). In 84 other notifications (56%), 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 one case 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 (1 notification) and Spain (11 notifications).
Number of notifications by type of measure per country (absolute values):