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The European Commission (EC) has published Guidelines for the Management of the European Union Rapid Information System ‘RAPEX’ on General Product Safety and its Notification System.

The guidelines provide the following:

  • The indication of the modalities in which, through RAPEX, Member States can notify information on products presenting a risk not classified as “serious” (according to both Article 23 of Regulation (EC) No 7652008 and Article 16 of Directive 200195 / EC).
  • Update of risk assessment guidelines for consumer products and referrals to professional products, which specify the criteria for identifying serious risks.

These guidelines are already applicable and replaced the previous version of such guidelines (Commission Decision 2010/15/EU of 16 December 2009).