Consumer policy

Consumer Product Safety


OECD work on consumer product safety aims to improve co-operation amongst jurisdictions. 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





  • Global Product Recalls -  The OECD has developed the GlobalRecalls portal through which jurisdictions from around the world can share information on product recalls issued by governments.

  • Past awareness campaigns

Window Covering Cord Safety - 23 to 30 June 2016, an OECD International Awareness Campaign was carried out on "Window Covering Cord Safety".

Laundry detergent capsules - 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. Read the report summarising the campaign results.

Button Battery Safety - 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. In follow up to the campaign, the European Portable Batteries Association (EPBA) has launched a website, available in 14 languages, with information on the risks related to button batteries as well as advice to parents and the medical sector.


  • 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. 

  • Tracking and traceability -  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. 
  • 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, the results of which are presented in the attached summary report. In March 2015, a survey was further launched to examine the use of risk assessment by OECD member authorities in their decision-making processes. The results of the survey are highlighted in a report prepared by Health Canada on behalf of the OECD Working Party on Consumer Product Safety.
  • 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.

Global Product Safety Developments


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

Australia                       New Zealand_small ‌‌New Zealand
Canada_small Canada   United States
Japan   EU
Korea, Republic_small Korea      

Key reports 


International Consumer Product Safety Risk Assessment Practices


Enhancing consumer product safety information sharing [also available in French]




Summary Report of the October 2008 roundtable on consumer product safety  

[also available in French]


Compilation of responses to the OECD questionnaire on consumer product safety

Analytical report on consumer product safety [also available in French]

Roundtable on Consumer Product Safety


Organization of American States (OAS)

International Consumer Product Safety Caucus (ICPSC)

International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO)


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