RAPEX 2015 annual report was released in April 2016. RAPEX is the rapid alert system for dangerous products with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices for the European Member States and the EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) in order to the exchange of information on measures taken against dangerous products found on the market. More than 20,000 measures taken against dangerous products have been notified in the Rapid Alert System since 2004.
In 2015, 2123 products were found to pose risks to consumers’ health, safety or environmental risks and only Liechtenstein did not submit any notification. Top 5 notified product categories are
ii) Clothing, textiles and fashion items;
iii) Motor vehicles;
iv) Electrical appliances and equipment; and
v) Jewellery, which is almost 70% of all notifications.
“Toys” was again the most notified category of products and most of the notifications are related to “Chemical” risk.