system was launched in 2004 to ensure an efficient dissemination of information to all the member states to enable rapid reaction to products on the market that contain a serious threat to the health and security of consumers.
is the EU rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products, with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices.
Commission spokeswoman Helen Kearns said "Apple has been very co-operative", stressing that RAPEX
alerts were issued every week - sometimes leading to mass product recalls, but at other times with no consequence.
Merseyside MEP Chris Davies believes the RAPEX
system is an example of the EU working at its best.
According to statistics provided by the EP, around 10% of goods picked up by the EU's RAPEX
alert system cannot be traced back to the manufacturer.
A central information system for consumer protection and IT solutions compatible with the RAPEX
system are developed.
In terms of product origin, more than half the RAPEX
notifications concerned products made in China.
The cords or drawstrings can become entangled in bicycles, doors, car doors, or playground equipment concluded the report, leading to severe injury or death and there had been "a high number of notifications" of such incidents to Brussels' RAPEX
consumer alert service.
The European Commission, which has stated that Apple has been very cooperative, has asked all 27 EU nations to keep it informed of any problems under the community's rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products, known as RAPEX
Hair-dryers, mini motorbikes, ski boot bindings, cleaning sprays and even wigs which all posed a safety threat are also on the list of 924 products which were swept off the shelves under a rapid alert system known as RAPEX
requires member countries to inform the Commission of serious risks so that it can alert other member countries.
A The complaints from Bulgaria were 191 a mostly for clothes of low quality, shows the RAPEX