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Annual reports of the PSD for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 published.
On 18 October 2023, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) published two annual reports for its Product Safety Database (PSD) for the years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
The reports take data from the weekly reports issued on the PSD by the market surveillance authorities which alert of products found to pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers. The weekly reports only cover non-food consumer products; they do not cover food and drink, vehicles, or medicines and medical devices.
The analysis of PSD data can highlight to OPSS where there may be emerging safety for specific products or within certain sectors. This can help to drive OPSS’s regulatory activity and target market surveillance activity.
The reports found that:
- Between 1st April 2021 and 31st March 2022, 4,108 notifications were received on the PSD, involving 4,303 products. The most frequently notified product category was toys (26.6%) followed by electrical appliances and equipment (20.8%) and cosmetics (19.5%).
- Between 1st April 2022 and 31st March 2023, 2,814 notifications were received on the PSD, involving 3,164 products. The most frequently notified product category was electrical appliances and equipment (32.7%) followed by toys (24.1%) and cosmetics (15.6%).
There are currently no year-on-year comparisons in the reports as the PSD is a new system and does not have the data to accurately represent this comparison.
To access the full reports click here. CTPA regularly checks the notifications made via the rapid alert system website and shares any cosmetic cases in regular news updates.