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A New "World Wide Web" - The Sticky Implications of Consumer Product Safety Regulations in Canada, Australia, the EU, and Japan

June 2011
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With the rise of social media and the Internet, the U.S. has developed www.saferproducts.gov as the public repository for all safety complaints against consumer products. In recent months, numerous other countries have passed broad legislation and/or expanded their existing consumer product safety legislation. These new and expanded regulations are now forcing consumer product manufacturers to be versed in the laws and regulations of several different countries. An incident in one country may now require a manufacturer to report the incident to consumer product protection agencies around the world. As a result, manufacturers must assess their current policies and procedures to ensure they are complying with the laws and are coordinating possible reciprocal reporting obligations.  Read more...

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