Market Surveillance Authorities use Risk Assessment (RA) to determine how unsafe a non-compliant product is. The process consists out of three stages:

  1. Compliance assessment - checking if the product complies with the safety requirements, by testing the product according to a (harmonised) standard;
  2. Risk Assessment to find the risk level presented by the non-compliant product;
  3. Risk Management - if the risk level is unacceptable, it is necessary take action to lower or remove the risk. 

PROSAFE has been studying the application of RA since the first EMARS Joint Action in 2006. This has been undertaken by an expert group that studied RA methods and their application, at the same time supporting the work of the product-targeted Joint Actions. The method is based on  the 2010/15: Commission Decision of 16 December 2009 laying down guidelines for the management of the European Commission's Rapid Alert System.


Choose an e-learning module on risk assessment:

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Understanding Risk Assessment

This course tries to give a basic understanding of risk assessment for consumer products and describes the steps needed to assess the risk within a given product.
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These case studies will help you to better understand how risk assessment is performed in practice. Try out these cases studies to further improve your aptitude in risk assessment.
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Acoustic toysRisk Assessment of Acoustic Toys

This course tries to specifically focus on RA of acoustic toys. It is primarily based on expertise and experiences developed during an EU-funded JA activity for market surveillance authorities coordinated by PROSAFE around 2015.
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Challenges RA2Challenges in Risk Assessment

This course will try to highlight the most common challenges faced when performing risk assessment of consumer products.
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Risk Assessment Guidelines, Best Practices in Market Surveillance and Templates are available in the  Risk Assessment Library

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