A special issue that needs further investigation and development is risk assessment. Risk assessment for non-food consumer products is an increasingly important tool for risk managers in determining whether regulatory interventions or other measures are required to ensure the safety of products and services to consumers. The single market will only work if the level of safety demanded by Member States is the same and is being controlled at similar levels of intensity, competencies and technical requirements.

EuroSafe aims to exchange common principles underlying risk assessment, in particular for product design and post-market monitoring. A guidance document has been produced containing the main definitions and framework for risk assessment of non-food consumer products and a risk assessment flowchart (see TOOLBOX). On the basis of practical experience in practice, these guidelines need to be updated for producers, enforcers and consumer organisations, including information on how to apply these principles in practice and what type of information can be used in each step in the assessment process.