International control action – report on the situation in the Czech market
(Prague, April 10, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority participates in various joint projects together with other surveillance authorities of the EU Member States. Inspection of laser pointers safety has been one of them. “In compliance with the instructions, our officers carried out totally 18 controls at distributors of these products and found breaches of the legally stipulated obligations in 11 cases. Four types of laser pointers were filed in the RAPEX information system of dangerous products and other six products were filed as information notifications,” said Vladimír Velčovský, the Director General of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. In most cases, consumers didn’t get the obligatory information about the characteristics of the sold laser pointers, their use and maintenance. Notably, the consumers were not informed about the potential serious risk of eye damage or about the safety hazard relating to laser dazzle. Sellers also failed to mark the sold products with the information about the manufacturer, importer or supplier. Vladimír Velčovský also spotlighted that a method developed by one of the CTIA specialists during the control action using CTIA’s own apparatus OL 756 for exact measuring of the laser’s power contributed to the success of the control action. “With regard to the number and availability of the laser pointers in the market for children and youth and especially with regard to the hazards posed by wrongly used anonymous products, I consider necessary to keep checking the assortment after the international project has ended,” suggested the Director General of the CTIA.
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