A joint market surveillance activity was organised across a number of European countries, mainly focusing on risks associated with chemicals in plasticised toys. This activity was part of a much larger project, the “Joint Market Surveillance Action on GPSD Products – JA2015” (JA2105). 35 market surveillance authorities from 27 Member States participated in JA2015, which was co-funded by the European Union and coordinated by PROSAFE.
This market surveillance activity provided added value in various ways. With so many Member States working together, the product activity was a truly pan-European exercise, which has provided a platform for sharing best practices, experiences and expertise amongst market surveillance authorities. The European Union’s funding ensured that the number of samples tested exceeded the number that individual Member States could otherwise afford to test. Moreover, due to economies of scale, the unit costs of testing were driven down, helping to perform more tests with the available resources available. Member States also discussed their risk assessment methods, promoting a more consistent approach. Overall this market surveillance activity has made a significant contribution to achieving a higher level of consumer protection and a more level playing field for all economic operators throughout Europe.