The Federal Environmental Inspection takes action in response to a campaign, a RAPEX report, an incident or a complaint.

The inspections which are carried out within the framework of a campaign, relate to specific domains and take place during a predetermined period. These campaigns are recorded in a yearly inspection plan.

The Federal Environmental Inspection will also carry out an inspection when they receive a RAPEX report through the Belgian RAPEX point of contact, that is the Central Contact Point for Products of the FPS Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy. A RAPEX report (“rapid alert”) is a report within the framework of the European alarm system, which becomes operative when a hazardous product (except foods, pharmaceuticals and medical devices) is found on the European market.

In addition, the Federal Environmental Inspection also takes action in response to an incident, that is to say an occurrence which may have an immediate harmful effect on the human health and/or the environment.

Finally, the Federal Environmental Inspection takes the necessary initiatives and inspection measures when it receives a complaint, e.g. through the Contact Center.