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Consumers (23-02-2006)

Improving the knowledge base for consumer safety: the Commission organises the first international workshop on accident and injury data collection for non-food product and service risk assessment

The European Commission, Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection, organised on 20 and 21 February 2006 a technical international workshop with a central focus on data collection of accidents and injuries related to consumer products and services.

In its current and forthcoming Health and Consumer Strategy, the Commission identified the improvement of the knowledge base on consumer safety as a priority for sound policymaking. The current available data on accidents and injuries linked to the safety of non-food consumer goods and services is still limited. To kick-start the process of closing the gap, a workshop on the issue was organised.

The main objective of the workshop, which was the first of its kind organised by the European Commission, was to gather all major stakeholders in the field, and to explore with them available data sources for accidents and injuries in relation to product and service safety. The discussions went beyond data collection from hospital-based surveillance systems.
Contributions were of very high quality, and participant numbers (over 100) confirmed the high level of interest in the subject. Participants and speakers came from all over Europe, as well as Japan, Canada and the US. They represented national administrations, international organisations, third countries, industry and professional federations, consumer groups, and other organisations with an interest in consumer safety.

The outcome of the workshop should provide an important input to improving the knowledge base for consumer safety policy in the EU and will form the basis of a work programme which will set out concrete steps and pilot projects.

The presentations and speeches delivered by the speakers and the conclusions of the workshop will be made available shortly at the following website:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/consumers/cons_safe/workshop2006_en.htm