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This report looks at the legal instruments available to the EEC, its Member States and the international Community to reduce the number of accidents caused by dangerous products. Special attention is paid to the techniques for withdrawal of dangerous products from the market and their recall by manufacturers. These instruments are in varying stages of development, they exist in some countries for certain types of products, moves towards a more comprehensive system have been made in a few countries. At Community level, the Council Decision of 2**nd March 1984 introduces a Community system for rapid information exchange on dangers arising from the use of consumer products. New initiatives at EEC level are expected regarding the collation of information on product related accidents. This report takes into account experiences at Member State and Community level on prevention of and rapid action against product hazards and arrives at a number of recommendations, especially, that in certain cases an authority should have the power to take all appropriate precautionary measures. Especially the following measures should be available: ban on further production or sale, recall procedure, issuing of a warning to the public, ban on exports.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10401 EN (1986) FS, 80 P., BFR 300, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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