Countries of the Americas to Exchange Product Safety Information through New Recall-Sharing Program

18 March 2015

Regulators in the United States, Canada, Mexico and nations of Central and South America are now able to quickly and reliably exchange information about consumer product recalls, thanks to a new information technology system through which countries can share product safety alerts across borders.

Launched by the Consumer Safety and Health Network (CSHN), an inter-American organization that promotes consumer health and safety programs, the Inter-American Rapid Alert System will enable regulators to coordinate efforts to prevent recalled products from entering the marketplace or remove them from the stream of commerce.

Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, the system also features detailed information about legislation governing product recalls in different American countries, as well as guidance documents, study reports, analyses of product safety trends, newsletters, and more.

The introduction of CSHN’s recall-sharing system comes on the heels of the GlobalRecalls database, which was launched in 2012 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international economic organization. The portal currently compiles information on product recalls being issued in Australia, Canada, the European Commission, Japan and the U.S.

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