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EU Commission: Safety Gate Report published

Today, April 25, 2022, the EU Commission published the EU Safety Gate Report on dangerous products detected on the EU market in 2021. The rapid alert system Safety Gate - formerly RAPEX - has been used since 2003 to quickly exchange information between Member States and the European Commission on dangerous non-food products that have been withdrawn from the market or recalled in Europe. A website has been set up specifically for Safety Gate, where alerts are published.

Encouragingly - unlike previous years, toys were not the top category. The European Commission's press release is available here, the full report and the "factsheet" with additional information per Member State here.

The European umbrella organization Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) has published a response to this, calling for better legislation to tackle dangerous products sold online and stressing that toys from reputable manufacturers are safe.

The Commission also announced today the launch of a new e-surveillance tool called "Web Crawler". The purpose of this tool is to help national authorities identify products offered for sale online that are identical to those listed in Safety Gate. In addition, the next Progress Report on the EU Safety Pledge was published, which contains a series of voluntary commitments by online marketplaces to prevent the sale of dangerous products. The report is available here.

Source: Deutscher Verband der Spielwarenindustrie (DVSI)