Wireless headphones, remote-controlled flying drones or power supply units – the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has removed two million more products from the market in 2021 than in the previous year. The reason is mostly labeling or security gaps.
Last year, the Federal Network Agency stopped the sale of almost 23 million banned electronic products. Among them were 7.7 million radio headsets alone that operated improperly on frequencies reserved for security-related services such as the police or fire department, according to the regulatory agency. Extremely cheap measuring devices and remote-controlled flying drones were also blocked for sale by the millions. Here, for example, the network agency frequently criticized missing CE markings or the lack of contact details for the provider.
Number of products blocked Electronics products increased in 2021
“The Federal Network Agency consistently takes action against non-compliant products and prevents them from continuing to be offered on the German market,” said the president of the regulatory authority, Jochen Homann. In this way, he said, the Federal Network Agency is making an important contribution to consumer protection.
Compared to the previous year, the number of blocked electronic products increased by almost 2 million. The lion’s share of the blockings concerned online trade. Here, the agency identified a total of 1936 products that did not comply with European specifications. They were blocked by the platform operators. This affected 21.4 million individual devices. Online retailers, who offer their products in millions of units, have been a particular focus of investigators for years, as many of their electronic products have security vulnerabilities.
As a result of checks in the German retail sector, the network agency issued 23 further sales bans and called for defects to be rectified in a further 1095 cases. The cases frequently involved LED lighting equipment and power supply units.
Customs reported around 6500 suspicious consignments of goods to the Federal Network Agency last year. In around 91 percent of cases, the electronic products were not released for the German market because of clear defects. A total of around 320,000 products were affected.
- Federal Network Agency