12 March 2018

Dangerous consumer goods found in high numbers in EU

In 2017, more than 2,000 non-food products failing safety requirements were notified to the EU’s rapid alert system (RAPEX). This figure might however only show the tip of the iceberg because of insufficient market checks.
19 December 2017

EU urges stricter checks for safer goods

Today the European Commission proposed to beef up checks of consumer goods available in the EU such as toys, phones or TVs.1 The main proposal is to increase EU Commission staff to assist Member States in better monitoring the merchandise that ends up on the market.
30 November 2017

Our work areas

Dangerous substances contained in everyday products such as soaps, toothpaste and shampoo may cause allergies, cancer, disrupt the hormonal system or damage the environment. Among these chemicals are nanomaterials which are increasingly used in consumer products, although the risks they may pose to human health and the environment have not been sufficiently assessed.

Unsafe ‘CE mark’ products continue to be found on the European market. The high number of product safety warnings and product recalls show the need to revise general and sector-specific product safety legislation in order to adequately cover all risks which may be posed by products. Market surveillance and control activities are insufficient to ensure the highest level of safety possible and the level of enforcement is not yet the same across the EU. 

Our objectives

  • Improve the general safety of products sold on the EU market and establish a European accident and injury database
  • Minimise exposure for consumers and the environment to dangerous chemicals
  • Adequately and urgently address the potential risks posed by harmful chemicals including nanotechnologies and hormone disrupting chemicals

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The European Consumer Organisation
Europäischer Verbraucherverband
Bureau Européen des Unions de Consommateurs

Rue d'Arlon, 80 Bte 1 
B - 1040 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 743 15 93
E-mail: safety@beuc.eu

Sylvia Maurer
Policy Officer on Chemicals and Tradepicture
Policy Officer on Chemicals and Trade
Pelle Moos
Communications Officerpicture
Communications Officer
Pauline Constant
Carmen Martin