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NCA to participate in pan-European market surveillance programme

August 2011

The National Consumer Agency is working with the Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe, PROSAFE, in an EU funded market surveillance programme focused on protecting consumers from potentially unsafe products, including children’s fancy dress costumes, ladders, food-imitating products, hi-visibility clothing and laser pointers.

The programme aims to check and ensure that all of these products:

  • Are safe
  • Comply with the relevant European standards
  • Have appropriate safety instructions and markings supplied with the products

The programme will commence this autumn and will involve 26 countries across Europe, helping to enhance cooperation between member states and facilitate the adoption of a uniform approach to product safety issues among surveillance authorities.

The NCA has participated in other Prosafe joint projects such as a children’s clothing cords and drawstrings project which resulted in the examination of nearly 16,000 garments, of which 2,000 were found to be non-compliant - 400 of which posed a serious risk and were taken off the market.

You can also visit the PROSAFE website for more information on this and other projects.