Case Study 4:
Coordination of PROSAFE
Joint Actions

Coordination of PROSAFE Joint Actions

Our team has coordinated seven long-term PROSAFE (Product Safety Enforcement Forum of Europe) collaboration projects funded by the European Commission. These, known as “Joint Actions”, have been designed to support the harmonisation of activities and the adoption of best practice among EU market surveillance authorities.

These Joint Actions used product specific sectors (child-appealing electrical appliances, ladders (2 programmes), lawn mowers, cots and travel cots, stair/baby gates, soothers and soother holders) to provide a basis for up to 13 different EU Member States to build experience and best practice through working together in collaborative programmes. We have facilitated and overseen the following: collation and analysis of EU market research, development of test programmes, implementation of common templates, selection of laboratories, testing of products by laboratories, and coordination and information exchange amongst Member States and stakeholders.

As part of our work for PROSAFE, we have evaluated EMARS II (Enhancing Market Surveillance through Best Practice), the flagship programme for developing Best Practice Guidance for EU Market surveillance staff, and improving collaboration and harmonisation of market surveillance across the EU. We conducted quantitative and qualitative research as part of this task. The evaluation involved an assessment of the quality level of the performance and the effectiveness of the programme, the production of recommendations and opportunities for enhancing the achievement of outcomes, and the provision of guidance on areas for improvement in processes or working methods.