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European recalls in decline across every major sector

Every European industry, sector and market has felt the impact of the pandemic, which has resulted in a downturn in recalls across the board. From automotive, electronics, clothing and toys to medical devices, pharmaceuticals and food and drink, our quarterly Recall Index report explains the reasons why. Furthermore, the report explores what is likely to happen in the months ahead as supply chains continue to pivot to meet demand under the new compulsory state-led safe operating procedures.


Here is a snapshot of what is included in our report by sector:

Automotive Insight
In the automotive industry, we have seen yet another reduction in the number of recalls being implemented. The question is – amidst the chaos of the pandemic and with Brexit on the horizon, have automotive manufacturers been keeping safety at the very top of their agendas?

Within our latest Recall Index report, discover why industry leaders fear a ‘double whammy’ from COVID-19 and Brexit, how R&D could be squeezed if the EU and UK fail to find a Free Trade deal and why a drop in recalls to 109 in the quarter may not be the good news it sounds.


Electronics Insight
The third quarter of 2020 saw new products enter the recall lists as changing consumer consumption habits came into play. With businesses shuttered and households in lockdown across Europe, at-home beauty products and sterilising UV lights overtook USB chargers and devices for the first time.

Our report explains which country has seen an alarming rise in recall notifications, how new recall technology has the potential to be a game-changer in product safety, and why changing consumption patterns, driven by the pandemic, may be putting consumers at risk in their home.


Clothing Insight
While the impact of the pandemic on the European clothing industry has not been as drastic as first feared, a number of weaknesses have been exposed that have the potential to overhaul the industry as we know it, including sustainability, working practices, and ethics.

With supply chains still reawakening and recalls remaining low over the past quarter, we examine what might be to come in the apparel industry and how manufacturers and retailers can best prepare for any recall scenarios. We reveal which country saw a dramatic reduction in year-on-year recall instances, why the textiles and apparel industry could boost economies in the recovery from the pandemic, and finally, why switching to more durable, sustainable materials may cause recalls to rise.


Toys Insight
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And for the toy industry, that is welcome news – by far the busiest period in their calendar and a chance to raise significant revenues. However, it is also fraught with issues related to the supply chain and ensuring products are safe for use.

We examine some of the key safety concerns facing the industry and the reasons behind manufacturer’s decisions to place huge emphasis on sustainability, which continues to be a priority for the sector. We also delve into why the toy industry has fared better than others in this COVID-19 disrupted year, and reveal which familiar item has returned to the top of the recall charts.


Medical Devices Insight
EU Member States are encouraging MedTech companies to consider reshoring facilities and supply chains to strengthen economies. This collective push, coupled with the pressures from the ongoing global pandemic, has seen recalls in MedTech drop to levels never seen before in Europe - but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Governments across the world are devising ways to bring the production of crucial medical items back home, which is further impacting manufacturing orders; and many focussed on reducing their reliance on Chinese manufacturing. We take a deep dive into some of the key economic concerns facing MedTech, and unearth stats on why other European countries are going to see recalls rise as demand outpaces supply for non-COVID related devices.

With some countries seeing recalls fall by more than 85%, we also look at how MDR will fare as COVID-19 continues to take priority over CE and why manufacturers will struggle with new supply chains outside of China.


Pharmaceuticals Insight
The pharmaceutical industry has been placed in the spotlight like never before. While the race to find a vaccine continues, the sector is facing wider challenges, with supply chains remaining under pressure and as ways of working change.

We take a closer look at the stats, including which country saw recalls increase twofold – and which country saw the opposite, how a greater push towards European manufacturing may see recalls rise and why the launch of a new Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe has the potential to overhaul the sustainability of the industry.


Food and Drink Insight
With partial reprieves from lockdown across Europe, consumers descended on restaurants and eateries in their millions to enjoy the experience of dining out once again. And with that swell in demand came pressure, namely for the supply chain, as they kick-started operations to get food from the farm to plate.

That groundswell, coupled with consumer awareness around biodiversity and demand for food delivery, also saw the industry respond with new innovations like liner-free packaging, and a renewed focus on providing plant-based cuisine, thus continuing to transform the foodservice industry. Recall notifications spiked, but not among the usual suspects.

We investigate some of the key economic concerns facing the sector and reveal insights regarding herbs and spices and nut production, which could see these products overtake meat and poultry products for the most commonly recalled categories. Find out which country is under the spotlight again for Salmonella contamination, how biodiversity will play a key role in industry innovation in 2021, what items will outpace meat and poultry products in the recall tables, and why food packaging firms are about to go under the spotlight.

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