Consumer policy

Consumer Product Safety

 

OECD work on consumer product safety aims to improve co-operation amongst jurisdictions in areas of mutual interest. The focus of its mandate is on improving information sharing and promoting greater cooperation among product safety market surveillance, enforcement, and regulatory authorities worldwide by:

  • identifying safety issues early;
  • sharing practices and policy law developments;
  • addressing safety concerns in a consistent way;
  • supporting global and regional fora.
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Latest News 

Laundry detergent capsules - From 16 to 23 March 2015, an OECD International Awareness Campaign was carried out on laundry detergent capsules and packets. The initiative raised awareness worldwide of the risks posed by these products, which can be attractive to children and can pose serious dangers if not handled and stored safely

Tracking and traceability - We are accepting public comments on the  proposal to enhance tracking and traceability tools for consumers, regulators, and economic actors. During February 2014, the OECD Working Party on Consumer Product Safety requested public input on the feasibility of specific practices aimed at improving tracking information on consumer products. This document provides an analysis of input received from the February 2014 questionnaire as well as other useful information from individual jurisdictions.  It also proposes conclusions that could become the basis for a global practice.   Comments on this document from non-government stakeholders would be appreciated and should be forwarded to the OECD (STIConsumerProductSafety@oecd.org) by 30 May 2015.

Global Product Safety Forum -  The OECD periodically organises regional outreach activities to share its work with non-members. The latest forum took place in Florida in February 2015, alongside an International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) conference

Projects

  • Recalls -  The OECD has developed a portal through which jurisdictions can share information on product recalls. http://www.GlobalRecalls.org

  • Past awareness campaigns - Button Battery Safety - Between 16-20 June 2014 members of the OECD's Working Party on Consumer Product Safety carried out a campaign to raise awareness of button battery safety issues.

  • Online product safety - The OECD is examining ways to ensure the safety of products that are sold online. The magnitude and scope of the problem will be explored in an online “sweep” of Internet sites in April 2015, with a report and recommendations to follow. 

  • Risk assessment: In April 2012, the OECD organised a workshop to explore ways that risk assessment was being used, or could be used, in the product safety area. A follow-up workshop took place in October 2013. A report will be published in May 2015.

  • Past workshops

    Israel
    Programme and presentations
    Workshop summary

    Australia
    Programme and presentations   
    Workshop summary
  • Global injury data project: Obtaining and analysing injury data is vital to following injury trends and flagging product hazards that may require intervention, be it through domestic or co-operative international efforts. Yet few governments have a comprehensive injury data collection system and the majority don’t have the capacity to create, deploy, and operate such a system.

The OECD has identified a need for improved injury data world-wide and for better capacity to analyse injury data at a global level. Goals include: 

  • Create and deploy an injury data collection and reporting system for domestic use by jurisdictions throughout the world. 
  • Ensure that participating jurisdictions can implement and sustain domestic systems.
  • Build and operate a web-based global injury data portal that pools data from multiple jurisdictions.

See the project roadmap. The first step is to develop a business plan to help determine the feasibility of the project.
  

Policies

A summary of the product safety policies of participating jurisdictions can be accessed below:

Australia
Brazil
Canada_small Canada
European Union_small EU
Fiji_small Fiji
New Zealand
‌‌Papua New Guinea_small Papua New Guinea
Samoa_small Samoa
 Korea, Republic_small ‌‌Korea
United States

Key reports

Links

Organization of American States (OAS)

International Consumer Product Safety Caucus (ICPSC)

International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO)