Links

International Links

FIG has links with InFIRE (International Network of Fire Information and Reference Exchange) which is based in the USA and has members throughout Europe and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Through CFPA Europe (Confederation of Fire Protection Associations) we are also able to make contact with many other fire-related organisations.

Product Recalls

The links to organisations and databases that give information about products that have been recalled – particularly in the UK.

As new links are found they will be added to this listing. FIG UK welcome any new sources – if you know of any validated and authoritative links please send to Sheila Pantry, email: sp@sheilapantry.com

RAPEX

http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/index_en.htm

RAPEX is established as the EU rapid alert system that facilitates the rapid exchange of information between Member States and the Commission on measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices, which are covered by other mechanisms.

As of 2010, the system also facilitates the rapid exchange of information on products subject to EU harmonisation regulation and posing a serious risk to the health and safety of professional users as well as on those posing a serious risk to other public interests protected via the relevant EU legislation (e.g. environment and security). Both measures ordered by national authorities and measures taken “voluntarily” by producers and distributors are reported by RAPEX.

Every Friday, the Commission publishes a weekly overview of the products posing a serious risk as reported by the national authorities (the RAPEX notifications). This weekly overview gives information on the product, the identified risk and the measures that were taken in the notifying country. The Commission also publishes the list of other countries where the notified product was found on their market and measures were taken. Since 2013, the Commission also publishes notifications on products posing less than serious risk as well as notifications on professional products and on those posing a risk to other public interests protected via the relevant EU legislation (e.g. environment and security).

UK Association of Fire Investigators

www.uk-afi.org/product-recall

UK Electrical Safety Council (ESC)

www.esc.org.uk/public/guides-and-advice/product-recalls

UK Electrical Safety Council product checker contains the details of electrical products that have been recalled since 2007. If you have searched for a product that you own and it is not listed, this means that it has not been recalled and should be safe to use. However, if you do have concerns about its safety, contact the retailer or manufacturer to alert them to a potential problem.

UK Product Safety Recalls

www.ukrecallnotice.co.uk

UK Product Safety Recall Notifications for the United Kingdom only. They include: Notifications received from Retailers; Publications from the National Press; Notification from UK Recall Notice Members and Family and Friends. Currently manufacturers and Retailers publish Safety Recalls in the National Press and with their respective retail outlets. It is our objective to use the power of the Web to inform as many people as possible as fast as possible of Product Recalls as and when they appear in the National Press or we receive them direct from Retailers or Suppliers.

UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/product

RoSPA continues to be amazed (and disappointed) at the number of product recalls across the UK and the rest of the world. It has been reported that the number of products recalled in the UK rose in 2010 to a new high. There were 229 product recalls during the 12 months before November 2010; this was an increase from 149 recalls during the 12 months running up to November 2005. Most of the highest-profile recalls in recent times have featured cars, such as Toyota.

UK Trading Standards Institute (TSI)

www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-list.cfm

Product recalls are made by traders about products that have problems which could affect the safety of the user/consumer. The product should not be used and should be returned to the trader. Any trader wishing to display their recall/safety notice on the TSI page should email it to publications@tsi.org.uk