On 23 March 2015, the
European Commission published new figures, showing that in 2014, nearly 2500
products, ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped before they
entered the EU or removed from markets because they were dangerous for EU
consumers. These findings are based on a new 2014 RAPEX Annual Report, which
presents the main developments in product safety over the past year. It
contains information on notifying and reacting countries, countries of origin
and types of products subject to notification, risks posed and measures taken
2014 statistics show
an increase in the number of notifications reported in the system.
The highest number ever
of 2435 notifications, of which 2153
concerned products causing serious risk, were registered in 2014. This
represents an increase of 3%
compared to last year.
Most alerts about dangerous products come from
Hungary (291). In second place comes Germany (273), followed by Spain (272),
France (163) and Cyprus (151).
International would like to offer an alternative view on whether the published
figures effectively demonstrate that European consumers are safer:
1. Assuming that the former rapporteur in charge of
the Market Surveillance Regulation Mrs Sirpa Pietikäinen was right in stating that
only 0,3 % of products on the market are inspected by market surveillance
authorities, and understanding that the 2435 notifications correspond to this
0,3%, it is an easy extrapolation to calculate how many faulty products are
really in the EU market (assuming 100% market surveillance).
2. France, a country of 64 million, has entered
roughly the same number of notifications (163) as Cyprus (151) – a country of 880.000.
Similarly, Italy, a country of 61 million, has published 1/8th of
the notifications of Hungary (population 9 million). These vast systemic
inconsistencies of the market surveillance framework in Europe and the
non-homogenous results that we observe call for a clarifying interpretation by
the authors of the report.
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