Article 12 of Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safety imposes an obligation on Member States to notify the European Commission whenever they adopt restrictive measures in relation to the marketing or use of products within their territory. RAPEX is the alert system which facilitates notification in the case of non-food consumer products, except for pharmaceutical and medical devices. The Annual Report found that restrictive measures concerning 924 dangerous products were reported through RAPEX in 2006, representing a 32 per cent annual increase. Following notification, information is shared rapidly among surveillance authorities in 30 European countries. Dangerous products are then banned or their sale is restricted on the market. The increased use of the RAPEX system demonstrates that it is becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to conduct a “silent recall” of dangerous products.
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