Product monitoring in different industries in Germany

Important webpages in product monitoring by industry

The table shows webpages that are relevant for a company’s product monitoring by industry. Companies as well as consumers can find information on most recent recalls as well as regulations concerning product monitoring. These pages are all available in English. In addition to these official services, there are also recall databases that can be relevant for companies as well. A German example is cleankids.de for products for children.

Industry Database for recalls
General Rapid Alert System (RAPEX)
Automotive Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Motor Transport Authority)
Pharma Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte  (German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices)
Food Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety)

RAPEX/RASFF Alerts in Germany by industry

  • General
  • Automotive
  • Toys
  • Food

The figure shows the number of RAPEX/RASFF alerts per industry in Germany in 2016. RAPEX (Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products) collects alerts from national institutions within the EU and publishes them. RASFF offers the same service for food products.

International product monitoring – The most important institutions and websites

International Businesses have to be aware of local laws and regulations concerning product safety and liability. Governmental institutions offer a good overview on their websites. They offer updates on regulations or different services such as the possibility for consumers and companies to report quality problems. Consline uses these services to monitor quality issues as well as stay up to date in specific industries. Below you will find important websites and institutions by industry and country. These webpages can serve as a first as well as a continuous source of information. They are available in English.

EU Countries

RAPEX

  • Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products
  • Service offered by the European Commission
  • Database for product alerts
  • Collection of alerts made to institutions of member states
  • Homepage

EMA

  • European Medicines Agency
  • Assessment and safety monitoring of medical products
  • Information for pharmaceutical companies about pharmacovigilance, alert systems and recalls
  • Homepage

RASFF

  • Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
  • Food alerts from all EU member states
  • Weekly reports
  • Homepage

United Kingdom

DVSA

  • Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
  • Responsibility for traffic safety
  • Database for automotive recalls
  • Reporting System for defective products
  • Homepage

MHRA

  • Regulation, standardization and monitoring of pharmaceutical products
  • Information about medications
  • Issuing of licenses
  • Homepage

UK-AFI

  • United Kingdom Association of Fire Investigators
  • Knowledge base about fire investigations
  • Data base for product recalls from different areas
  • Homepage

FSA

  • Food Standards Agency
  • Current food industry news
  • Regulation and monitoring of standards
  • Homepage

Australia

PSA

  • Product Safety Australia
  • Standards, regulations and recalls for products in various industries
  • Current news for different industries
  • Homepage

TGA

  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australian Government)
  • Information about regulations and standards
  • Information about recalls and alerts
  • Reporting system
  • Specific services for consumers, physicians and employees in the pharma industry
  • Homepage

FSANZ

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand
  • Standards for food products
  • Information about regulations, recalls and alerts
  • Different categories for consumers and companies
  • Homepage

Canada

Transport Canada

  • Regulation of transport and traffic in Canada
  • News, information and publications for the transport industry
  • Database for recalls
  • Homepage

Health Canada

  • Regulation of the health industry
  • Information for consumers and companies
  • Recalls and alerts
  • Homepage

Healthycanadians.gc.ca

  • Recall database for consumer goods, food, medication and vehicles
  • Collaboration between different governmental institutions
  • Homepage

CFIA

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Information and updates on regulations
  • Reporting system
  • Homepage

USA

NHTSA

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Standards and their monitoring in traffic
  • Information and news for consumers and manufacturers
  • Homepage

FDA

  • U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • Responsible for licensing and monitoring of pharmaceutical products, food and cosmetics
  • Information and updates for consumers and companies
  • Homepage

CPSC

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Responsibility for product safety
  • Information,news and recall database
  • Homepage