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

15 July 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 9-11 September 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 Summit will cover five themes: 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 (9 September) is open only to regulators; the discussions on 10 and 11 September are open to the public and will be streamed online.

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