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International cooperation

A global market place requires a global approach to the enforcement of product safety rules. Growing international trade means that the same products are traded on markets across the world. Closer cooperation between global regulators in the area of consumer product safety is necessary to address the challenges posed by increasingly complex supply chains and higher volumes of trade.

European Commission has developed close cooperation with international partners to:

  • exchange information on emerging risks and unsafe products;

  • coordinate standardisation efforts;

  • ensure that manufacturers worldwide are aware of the applicable safety requirements and comply with them.

Every two years, the European Commission organises the International Product Safety Week comprising a series of events gathering non-food, consumer product safety professionals and stakeholders from around the globe.

With its main trading partners, i.e. the USA, China and Japan, the EU has developed bilateral relationships to underline the importance of close cooperation on product safety.

Together with Chinese and American counterparts, the EU has engaged in (high-level) trilateral discussions to build up mutual trust and to develop a coordinated response to the challenges we face in addressing product safety concerns.

The Commission works also with other countries mainly through international forums.