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Consumers (19-10-2006)

International Product Safety Week, 27 November-1 December in Brussels

From 27 November to 1 December 2006, Brussels will be the centre of an International Product Safety Week, gathering regulators and stakeholders from around the world working on the improvement of non-food product safety.
One way of improving product safety is to have producers and distributors of non-food consumer products notify EU Member State authorities if a product they have placed on the market poses a risk to consumers. On 1 December the Commission is holding a workshop during which it will present a new IT system developed for this purpose. The objective of the workshop will be to raise awareness about producers’ and distributors’ obligation to notify dangerous products and to present the new IT application that will facilitate the web-based submission of notifications on unsafe products. Registration and further information:
The 29 and 30 November will be dedicated to the third European training event and symposium of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organisation (ICPHSO). The theme of this year’s symposium is Meeting the Challenges of a Global Marketplace. In workshop sessions participants will discuss the life cycle of a product. This includes; the Pre-market stage assessment, i.e. its safety risk and quality assurance; the On-the-marketplace stage including market surveillance and control of production; and finally the Coming-off-the-market stage including corrective actions, recalls and notifications requirements. Both regulators and businesses from Canada, USA, the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Australia and EU Member States are expected to participate.
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On 28 November, there will be a meeting of the International Consumer Product Safety Caucus - an initiative of regulatory authorities around the world to further develop international co-operation between regulators on the shared objective of assuring a high level of consumer product safety. Some of the key topics of discussion will be:  possible cooperative arrangements to facilitate surveillance and enforcement for products traded internationally; co-operation and exchange of information on best practices for risk assessment, market surveillance and enforcement measures and identification of common needs, priorities and orientations for international standards.
Finally, on 27 November, European market surveillance authorities represented in the Product Safety Forum of Europe (PROSAFE) will meet to discuss market surveillance across the EU.