Learn from recalls!

Compliance of non-food consumer goods may seem complicated, there is a relatively easy way to start to reduce the risks for the end-user, and your company/brand. How?

Study the recalls and ask yourself how you currently are dealing with these aspects;

  • Does the design cover these risks? If so, do you have type-approval information to prove this?
  • Are you putting enough pressure on the supply chain by performing inspections before shipment?
  • If so, do you have a technical file, created via ProductIP, so that you can arrange inspections with sufficient detail?

Bookmark this recall starting page and check the various overviews regularly;

  • EU RASFF for Food Contact Materials.
  • EU Safety Gate - RAPEX - for other non-food consumer goods.
  • CPSC for the US market, where the consumers do not behave differently, and the risks are the same.
  • Last but not least, the OECD portal for global recalls.

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EU RASFF

EU RASFF

What many of you perhaps do not realise is that recalls related to Food Contact Materials are listed on the RASFF portal, not on the Safety Gate / Rapex portal. Created in 1979, RASFF enables information to be shared efficiently between its members (EU Member State national food safety authorities, Commission, EFSA, ESA, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) and provides a round-the-clock service to ensure that urgent notifications are sent, received and responded to collectively and efficiently. Thanks to RASFF, many food safety risks had been averted before they could have been harmful to European consumers.

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EU Safety Gate / Rapex

EU Safety Gate

Here you find the latest on recalls of non-food consumer goods in the EU, including automotive. Note that all Food Contact Material related recalls are on the RASFF portal. The Safety Gate rapid alert system, also known as RAPEX, enables quick exchange of information between EU/EEA member states and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

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CPSC

CPSC

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

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OECD

OECD

In the year 2018 alone, over 3700 product recall notifications were submitted by 39 jurisdictions on the OECD Global Recalls portal. Yet consumers' reactions to recalls remain low in most jurisdictions, some achieving response rates as low as 3%. As a result, a large proportion of products that have been the subject of a recall remain in consumers' homes, exposing them to injuries or even risk of death. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. We draw on almost 60 years of experience and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow.

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