EL SEGUNDO, CA (BRAIN)—The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Director Office of International programs and Intergovernmental Affairs has selected ACT Lab as a representative “Stakeholder” participant to accompany the CPSC delegation to 3rd Biennial United States – China Consumer Product Safety Summit in Wuxi, Jinhua, and Beijing China, October 21-26.
“We are excited to be selected to attend this year’s event. ACT is continuing to actively participate in global testing developments by working with CPSC, ASTM, ISO and CEN to offer the best testing of products. I believe this is another major step in that direction,” said ACT Lab president John Bogler.
Others selected to participate represent Mattel, JC Penny, the Toy Industry Association, American Fireworks Association, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and other testing groups as SGS U.S. Testing, Intertek, Bureau Veritas, TUV Rhineland and Underwriters Laboratories.
At the 2007 Summit, the CPSC and its counterpart agency, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) focused on ensuring that manufacturers understood the necessity of meeting both voluntary standards and United States requirements (particularly ending the use of leaded paint on toys), information exchanges on recalls and other pressing product safety matters, and training Chinese government officials and manufacturers on CPSC requirements. Under the leadership of CPSC chairman Inez Tenenbaum, the 2009 Summit will emphasize the need for commitment to a more comprehensive approach to product safety.
With input from U.S. and Chinese stakeholders, CPSC and AQSIQ will identify and discuss measures to ensure that U.S. importers and Chinese suppliers establish a comprehensive and systemic approach to preventing and detecting safety hazards in consumer products, from product design, through manufacturing and to the ultimate use of the product by the consumer. The summit agenda will also include discussions of product safety issues, with toys, lead in children’s products, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), and other items where specific progress can be made.