Issue 47 – March 2013
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched an online portal that gives consumers, businesses, and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the USA. The information is available in over 100 languages.
Deaths and injuries worldwide from unsafe products are estimated to cost more than USD 1 trillion a year, according to the OECD. Consumers will be able to check whether a product they plan to buy in a store or online, such as a baby bottle or a bicycle, has been taken off the shelves in another country. Similarly, importers and retailers will be able to react quickly and pull products as soon as they raise concern.
The portal will also help improve coordination among regulators and governments so that dangerous products can be removed from sale and enforcement stepped up.
The OECD participates in the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO's) work as a liaison organisation to many technical committees, working on key issues that affect consumer product safety.
ISO is currently developing a standard on consumer product recall (ISO 10393) that will help organisations around the world implement this process by establishing common guidelines.
Summarised from ISO Focus+, February 2013.