The latest EU report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products reveals that the most notified product category in 2016 was toys (26%), followed by motor vehicles (18%) and clothing, textile and fashion items (13%). Of the 2,044 alerts on dangerous products notified in 2016, 53% (or 1,069) related to products from China while 23% (or 468) were of European origin. A further 5% (102) came from the US while 2.6% (53) came from Turkey. The Irish authorities raised the alert about 9 products in 2016.
The EU's scientific research fund has just announced funding for five small Irish companies with big ideas to get to market: DP DesignPro Ltd of Abbeyfeale, Luxcel Biosciences of Cork, Axonista of Dublin, Slainte Beoga Teor of Galway and Altratech of Shannon. The five Irish SMEs will receive EU grants of up to 2.5 million each from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 funding announced last Friday (10 March). This brings to 26 the total number of Irish SMEs to be granted Phase 2 funding under the SME Instrument since its launch in 2014 and puts Ireland in 10th place overall for the number of SMEs funded. Read More.