New U.S. Testing and Certification Rule Effective Feb 8, 2013

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All children’s products (textiles, toys, footwear, etc.) manufactured after February 8, 2013 and exported to the U.S. will need to be accompanied by a detailed, sophisticated technical file far beyond the Certificates of Conformity and Test Reports expected today. U.S. importers are allowed by law to rely upon technical files provided by overseas manufacturers. As history has shown, the responsibility for the preparation of these technical files will be pushed upstream by U.S. importers, brands and retailers to manufacturers. Former CPSC Chief of Staff and current Intertek Regional Senior VP, Joe Mohorovic, will describe the forthcoming requirements, provide practical advice for compliance, cost-effective solutions and impart insight into future requirements.

Agenda

08:00 .Registration and Refreshments
08:30Welcome and Introduction
08:35Presentation by Mr. Joseph P. Mohorovic, followed by Q&A
11:00Event Ends

Cost

vnd 450,000/member, vnd 550,000/non-member

About the speaker

Joseph P. Mohorovic IntertekJoseph P. Mohorovic is Regional Senior Vice President of Intertek’s Consumer Goods division located in Oak Brook, IL. He joined Intertek in June of 2007 as a member of the senior management team responsible for all aspects of performance, growth and strategic management in the North American region. Leveraging his experience as a former state legislator and senior regulatory executive in the federal government, Mohorovic helps Intertek’s top retail and manufacturing clients navigate the changing regulatory environment for consumer goods.

Prior to joining Intertek, Mohorovic was a member of the U.S. federal government’s Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He served various roles reporting directly to the Chairman including Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of International Programs. Mohorovic oversaw and coordinated CPSC’s international and intergovernmental efforts with respect to harmonization of consumer product safety standards development, inspection and enforcement coordination. He negotiated twelve Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with major trading partners such as China, Japan, Mexico, India, Korea and the European Union. These MOUs provide the basis for improved compliance with U.S. safety standards, including both mandatory and relevant consensus voluntary standards.

Read more about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008

In 2007, a string of product recalls involving toothpaste, tires, and pet food containing contaminated ingredients from China caused U.S. consumers to question the safety of imported products, especially from China. Public confidence in federal oversight of imports sank further in June when toymaker RC2 recalled Thomas and Friends toys for having lead paint, a toxic substance that most people thought had been banished from toys in the 1970s.

Mattel recalled more than 20 million products, including Barbie, Elmo and Dora toys, because they were coated in lead or contained small, dangerous magnets.

In response, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate approved, and the President signed legislation with far-reaching changes to the U.S. product safety system, with provisions that would require retailers and manufacturers to be more vigilant about product safety.

The biggest change is likely to be a better-staffed Consumer Product Safety Commission, with more enforcement power. Both bills would boost funding for the agency and increase employees, which are less than 400, fewer than half the number it had in 1980.

About the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $ 800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

How diethylene glycol was discovered in toothpaste made in China
Setting off a worldwide hunt for tainted toothpaste that turned out to be manufactured in China. Health alerts have now been issued in 34 countries, from Vietnam to Kenya, from Tonga in the Pacific to Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. Canada found 24 contaminated brands and New Zealand found 16. Japan had 20 million tubes. Officials in the United States unwittingly gave the toothpaste to prisoners, the mentally disabled and troubled youths. Hospitals gave it to the sick, while high-end hotels gave it to the wealthy.

Mattel recalls millions of toys made in China
“If Mattel, with all of its emphasis on quality and testing, found such a widespread problem, what do you think is happening in the rest of the toy industry, in the apparel industry and even in the low-end electronics industry?” said S. Prakash Sethi, a professor at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, who has acted as an independent monitor of working conditions in Mattel’s factories for the last 10 years. “Everyone is going to be found with lots of dirty laundry.”

U.S. Interagency Working Group on Import Safety to Hold Public Meeting Formed in response to the concerns about health and safety problems related to imports of pet food, tooth paste, and toys from China.

U.S. Import Safety Working Group Points to Technology and Manufacturing Quality The group’s strategic plan will include measures to improve safety by boosting manufacturing quality, using technology to inspect more goods at ports rather than in faraway labs and ensuring that exporting countries understand U.S. safety standards.

New Consumer Products Safety Legislation in the U.S. Exporting consumer products to the USA? The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) overses the safety of 15,000 consumer products, including toys. Learn about the new CPSC Reform Act, designed to rebuild and reinvigorate the agency after shortcomings were highlighted by recalls of many products made in China. The new legislation will empower the agency to better protect consumers and their families from unsafe products and meet the challenges of today’s economy. Key elements of the legislation emphasize resources, product testing, disclosure and accountability.

U.S. Senate strengthens Consumer Product Safety Agency Starting in March 2007, a string of recalls involving toothpaste, tires and pet food containing contaminated ingredients from China caused U.S. consumers to question product safety. Public confidence in federal oversight of imports sank further in June when toymaker RC2 recalled Thomas and Friends toys for having lead paint, a toxic substance that most people thought had been banished from toys in the 1970s. In September Mattel recalled more than 20 million products, including Barbie, Elmo and Dora toys, because they were coated in lead or contained small, dangerous magnets.

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Posted: Sep 13, 2012. Updated: Feb 3, 2013.