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Purves, Joana
Echikson, William
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ECIPE Policy Brief No. 6/2021
European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), Brussels
The European Union has built a onestop- shop for its member state regulators to post product safety notifications - Safety Gate (European Commission 2021d). Constructed on top of the Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Non- Food Products, or RAPEX, the Safety Gate web portal is designed to make public the "quick exchange of information" between 31 European countries and the European Commission "about measures taken against dangerous non-food products." While Safety Gate represents a significant achievement, our research revealed areas for improvement to increase its utility for manufacturers, marketplaces and consumers. Many product notifications published on the website lack details required to facilitate speedy removals and recalls. The study graded eight essential criteria for a total of 918 Safety Gate notifications published over eight months in 2020. The average notification score was a respectable 70 out of 100, but over 98 % of the notifications omitted at least one key criterion. Only 14 notifications included all the information to enable efficient and accurate product identification.
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