Second North America Consumer Product Safety Summit to Host U.S., Canadian and Mexican Authorities

TIA to Speak on International Cooperation at September Summit

July 15, 2013 | Representatives from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and the Federal Attorney’s Office of the Consumer in Mexico (PROFECO) will gather in Ottawa, Canada this September at the 2013 North America Consumer Product Safety Summit. The meeting will evaluate progress made in the area of consumer product safety cooperation among the three countries since the inaugural Summit was held in Bethesda, Maryland in 2011.

The September 9-11, 2013 trilateral assembly will feature discussions led by consumer product safety regulators and representatives across a range of industries in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Areas of common interest and collaboration established in a Joint Statement and Cooperative Engagement Framework at the 2011 Summit will be evaluated. Statements issued by CPSC and Health Canada in December 2012 indicating a commitment to work cooperatively to align toy safety standards through both agencies’ participation on the ASTM F15.22 Subcommittee on Toy Safety, which regularly reviews and updates the ASTM F963 Toy Safety Standard, exemplifies some of the progress that has been made since the 2011 Summit was held.

The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Joan Lawrence, vice president of standards and regulatory affairs, will participate in the 2013 event, speaking on a panel alongside representatives from the Consumer Federation of America and PROFECO about the benefits of North American and international regulatory alignment for consumers, industry and regulators.

“TIA has a long history of working closely with governing authorities to assure the safety of children at play, and strongly advocates for the alignment of cross-border toy safety standards to help strengthen protections for children in the U.S., across North America, and around the world,” stated Carter Keithley, TIA President. “The North America Consumer Product Safety Summit is a vital opportunity for the toy industry to reiterate the importance of standards that are consistent across jurisdictions.”

The Summit will cover four themes in addition to international cooperation: injury surveillance, triage and risk assessment; import, market surveillance and enforcement; outreach and awareness; and regulatory and standards development. A more detailed agenda, including speakers, will be posted on the Health Canada website in the coming weeks; registration is now open and can be completed online.

The first day of the Summit (September 9) is open only to regulators; the discussions on September 10 and 11 are open to the public and will be streamed online.