RAPEX March 2019: Reporting Chemical Failures

Published 23rd April 2019

A useful tool for raising awareness of chemical failures in consumer products within the European Union (EU) is RAPEX. RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products, excluding food, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. It allows for the rapid exchange of information between Member States and the EU Commission of measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers. RAPEX covers both measures ordered by national authorities and measures taken voluntarily by producers and distributors.

Since its implementation, the number of notifications disseminated through RAPEX has grown significantly. This achievement for the safety of Europe’s consumers is the result of shared efforts and efficient cooperation between all the national authorities and the European Commission.

Over recent months we have seen many products appearing in RAPEX reports which are highlighted as ‘chemical risks’ due to the presence of harmful substances such as phthalates, dimethylfumarate (DMFu), Chrome VI and lead.

 

RAPEX March 2019 Statistics

  • In March 2019, there were 196 alerts raised
  • 78% of all notifications received were deemed to be “serious risk”
  • In addition to this, it is interesting to note that the chemical non-compliance accounted for 25% of the notifications
  • The notifications validated in March 2019 covered several different chemical risks including phthalates, nickel release, heavy metals, PAH’s and chromium VI

Chemical failures do occur, resulting in products potentially being withdrawn from the market, recalled from end users and rejected at the border; impacting manufacturers and retailers in terms of cost and reputation.

 

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