The European Commission has published statistics showing an increase of approximately 40 per cent in the amount of counterfeit and pirated goods seized at the Community’s external borders. China remains the main source of counterfeit goods accounting for over 80 per cent of the articles seized. A worrying aspect is the dramatic increase in imports of counterfeit medicines and personal care products that could potentially harm the health and safety of consumers. The primary source of counterfeit medicines is India, followed by the United Arab Emirates and China.