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Tuesday, November 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Improving Consumer Product Safety: Current Risks and Lessons Learned

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Today, a significant amount of data is available regarding the levels of compliance of consumer products on sale in markets around the world. Studies by IFIA and CEOC have found high rates (c14%) of high-risk, high-hazard non-compliance of consumer products in markets where manufacturers apply self-declarations of conformity, as opposed to markets that require third party verification (less than 1% non-compliance). ProSafe has found non-compliance rates as high as 63% for cycling helmets, and 77% for lighting chains, while a study by the European Commission found 92% of drones to be non-compliant. This panel will explore current risks and how various stakeholders are working to decrease those risks. The panel will engage the audience in strategies to integrate best practices in geographies where consumer safety is disproportionately low. 

Participants will have the opportunity to better understand the current product safety risks facing consumers and identify solutions that have proved successful in countries around the globe.  This will encourage discussion on the benefits and challenges of various systems in an effort to encourage more in-depth evaluation of solutions that can prove beneficial to consumers, manufacturers, regulators and other key stakeholders.



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Hanane Taidi

Director General, International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA)
  Hanane Taidi has joined IFIA (The International Federation of Inspection Agencies) as Director General in July 2016. In this role, Ms Taidi represents the Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry, a sector that provides independent conformity assessment around the world... Read More →

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Monique Goyens

Director General, BEUC
As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 41 independent national consumer associations in 31 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer’ interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and... Read More →
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Marcello Manca

Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, EU, UL
Marcello Manca is Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs, EU, working for UL since 1999. He has a 35-year history of working within conformity assessment, on both sides of the Atlantic, and on both sides of the process – as an industry representative, and as a TIC-industry... Read More →
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Richard O'Brien

Director, International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs, U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Richard O’Brien is Director of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  He oversees the regulatory agency’s international activities.  He also coordinates efforts with other U.S. government agencies on import... Read More →
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Catherine Van Reeth

Director General, Toy Industries of Europe
Catherine Van Reeth joined Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) in December 2009 as Director General when she established a dedicated Secretariat for the organisation, which now has four permanent staff. One of Catherine’s priorities since joining TIE has been educating economic operators... Read More →
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Despina Spanou

Director for Consumers, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
Despina Spanou is the Director for Consumer Affairs at the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers[1]. Since 2013 she heads the directorate in charge of consumer policy including consumer and marketing law, redress and enforcement, and consumers’ safety. From 2010 to 2013 she served as Principal Adviser to the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and was responsible for communication and stakeholders... Read More →

Tuesday November 15, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am CET
Charlemagne Building - Gasperi