SGS Publishes Summary of 2020 EU Safety Gate RAPEX Annual Report

The European Union (EU) published its 2020 RAPEX
annual report in March 2021. It showed a general stabilization of dangerous non-food
produce alerts, with a total of 2,253 notifications being made by national
authorities in 2020.

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and
certification company, has now publishes an overview of the report. This
details how toys remain the most notified product category with 27% of
notifications. This was followed by motor vehicles (21%)
and electrical appliances and equipment (10%).

The three most common risks notified are injuries
(25%), chemical risk (18%) and choking (12%).

The report also shows the
impact of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • 9% of all alerts related to COVID-19 related products (face masks, disinfectants
    containing toxic chemicals, etc.)
  • 26% of notified products were brought online – in 2019 it had been 16%
    but the pandemic has caused a shift towards online retailing

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It should be noted, more and more online
marketplaces ha
ve joined the Product
Safety Pledge
initiative, thereby agreeing to
check products recalled on the EU Safety Gate and remove them from their

Stakeholders might also be interested to
know the European Commission has also announced the focus of the Product Safety
Award will be:

  1. Protecting the safety of vulnerable consumer groups
  2. Combining safety and new technologies

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SGS Product Recalls

SGS is committed to providing stakeholders with
the latest news concerning product recalls from around the world. SGS sends a
list of the latest unsafe product notifications in Europe, the US, Canada and
Australia every week on the Product Recalls online platform. EU and US
statistics are also published quarterly on Product Recall Trends. This
information is also distributed with the SafeGuards. To learn more about SGS
Product Recalls.


keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods
industry. Read the full EU Safety Gate RAPEX
Annual Report 2020 Published

here to receive SGS SafeGuardS
direct to your inbox.

further information contact:

Frederique Lorber

Management – Senior Project Manager

Tel. +33 4 42
61 64 42





is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification
company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.
With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices
and laboratories around the world.

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