Household Electrical Appliances Safety

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Small electrical appliances such as irons, blenders, mixers, kettles etc. are part of our daily life and they require being not only durable but also safe for every day use. These products are used by normal consumers and/or non-professionals and are easily found in shops. kitchen appliances
It is considered to be present in more than 80% of the European households and though these kinds of products have achieved a good overall safety level, there are still a large number of unsafe products. This is the reason household electrical appliances became a top priority for the Joint Action 2015 and there are also going to be present in future Joint Actions.

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The first action of its kind has begun within the framework of the Joint Action 2015 and is focusing on blenders, mixers and small kitchen heating appliances such as toasters. The problems presented by these products are numerous: poor internal wiring that may cause fires or electric shocks to the user, accessible hot surfaces that may cause burns or moving blades that may cause cuts or break up during normal operation.
Also, another issue that should be taken into account is the fact that these products may be offered on sale at very low prices and without having been manufactured in line with the legal requirements applied in Europe.
In fact, in the last three years more than 10 RAPEX notifications have been issued covering unsafe characteristics of products on the European market.

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The Low Voltage Directive

IPSW 2016

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Product Safety Enforcement: lessons learned and ways forward

PROSAFE brought together consumer organisations, authorities and businesses at the workshop "Product Safety Enforcement: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward", that took place during the International Product Safety Week 2016. The participants had the opportunity to discuss about their expectations and exchange views on the goals ahead.
The first panel "Joint Actions and the Lessons Learned" consisted of a series of presentations that explored the Joint Market Surveillance Actions, what they have achieved and some of the lessons that have been learned.
During the second panel "Improving Product Safety Enforcement – Learning from Others", US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada shared their experiences with their own market surveillance activities, the cooperation with customs and joint recalls.
The last session was a panel discussion, "The Way Forward - Meeting the Needs of Consumers, Business and Authorities", chaired by the European Commission.

International Product Safety Week was hosted by The European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers. The event takes place every two years and gathers consumer product safety professionals and stakeholders from around the globe, representing regulators, businesses, consumer organisations and other experts to work together in advancing product safety issues globally.

Child Care Articles Safety

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PROSAFE has coordinated five projects that had as main focus child care articles. It started in 2012 during JA2011, when a preliminary exercise was initiated to develop a priority-list for child care articles. This exercise established a set of products that have to be tested. The absolute majority of MSAs voted the high chairs as being the biggest priority and the product was included in JA2012. This is a significant product group and PROSAFE has made a long term commitment to continue the examination in the future, adding to the list cots, safety barriers and soothers and soother holders.

Child Care Articles 1 - WCC and BBT
Child care articles were one of the product activities of the Joint Action 2011 (JA2011). The members focused their work on two product-groups: Wheeled Child Conveyances (WCC) and Baby Bath Tubs (BBT).
12 market surveillance authorities from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK participated in this project. Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Malta and Poland also took part, but outside the financial scheme.
The activities started during the first quarter of 2012 and ended in the first quarter of 2014.

Child Care Articles 2 – High Chairs
high chairJA2012 Child care articles 2 (CCA) focuses on high chairs, following a priority-setting exercise organised by PROSAFE in the first CCA activity under JA2011. The activities started during the first quarter of 2013 and ended in the beginning of 2015.
The following 16 EEA countries participated in the CCA High chairs Activity: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.

Child Care Articles 3 – Cots
Child care articles were again proposed as a class of products due to the importance of this particular sector.

Child Care Articles 4 - Safety Barriers
All European market surveillance authorities plus all major stakeholders have agreed that safety barriers is an important topic and as result it became one of the product activities during Joint Action 2014 (JA2014)
The Activity, which started in mid- 2015, anticipates a testing of 60 safety barriers. The results are expected in 2017.

Child Care Articles 5 - Soothers and Soother Holders

During this project were chosen to be tested the soothers and soother holders because they need to comply with the basic safety requirements. The Activity that started in May 2015 anticipates testing an estimated 250 products with the results being presented at the final conference of the Joint Action in 2017.

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Collection of Joint Action Reports

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This page aims to present a comprehensive list of the reports published in the framework of the Joint Actions coordinated by PROSAFE. 

JAChina 2

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Joint Action on Cooperation between PROSAFE and the General Administration of Quality, Supervision and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the People’s Republic of China in the Field of Consumer Product Safety 2

The Joint Action started in July 2013 and will run for 36 months. It is coordinated by PROSAFE. The project leader is the Netherlands. The participating countries are Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The overall purpose of the Joint Action will be to increase the cooperation between the Chinese export control authorities and the European customs and market surveillance authorities. The aim is to decrease the share of unsafe products on the European market.
The Joint Action will explore three paths to achieve this:

  1. Alignment of the Chinese export control scheme with the European import control scheme to assure that both have the same output and quality.
  2. An information exchange scheme where the Chinese can share information about consignments that have been inspected from their end. If such information is found to be reliable and useful, it can be used to guide the European import control to focus on consignments that haven't been checked (and thus should contain more unsafe products).
  3. An information exchange scheme where the European authorities can share information about unsafe (Chinese) products so the Chinese authorities can trace them and mend the shortcomings at the source. (Such a system will complement the China-RAPEX system where similar information is exchanged on products posing a serious risk.)

The Joint Action will continue to work with Rotterdam as the pilot harbour (on request of the Chinese Authorities) using toys as the example product. However, the perspective should be wider to ensure that it will be possible to apply the findings to other product areas and to other European entry points.

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