Last reviewed 11 May 2022

The European Commission has published its annual report on “Safety Gate”, the EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products.

The report covers alerts notified during 2021 and the actions taken by national authorities in response. For the first time, cars are at the top of the list of notified products, followed by toys. Also, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, protective equipment still makes up a substantial part of the products notified with protective masks particularly under the spotlight.

The Safety Gate annual reports can be found at ec.europa.eu.

Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said: “The Safety Gate has once again proved to be a vital tool to keep consumers safe from dangerous products. It has also helped ensuring that equipment used in the fight against the pandemic is of the highest standards.”

The five most common risks reported were personal injuries, chemicals, fire, choking and electric shocks. As regards motor vehicles, actions taken mainly concerned recalls following the detection of technical problems while, for toys, they focused on the presence of dangerous chemicals, as well as button batteries.

The most common problems reported for electrical appliances and equipment related to the exposure of live parts and overheating issues.

Continuing its work to ensure safer products, and addressing the challenges of monitoring the online sales of dangerous products, the Commission has launched a new e-surveillance tool called “web crawler”.

This will support national authorities in the detection of online offers of dangerous products signalled in Safety Gate. It will identify and automatically list any of these offers, allowing enforcement authorities to track down the provider and order their effective withdrawal.