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       Consumer Goods 26/03/2015
 
RAPEX 2014 report: “Keeping consumers safe.” Does the data really prove that?

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 in 2014.

 

2014 statistics show an increase in the number of notifications reported in the system.

1.                  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.

2.                  Most alerts about dangerous products come from Hungary (291). In second place comes Germany (273), followed by Spain (272), France (163) and Cyprus (151).

 

CEOC 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[1] 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. 

 

For further information please read our Special Briefing or contact CEOC International at info@ceoc.com.

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