CPSC and its counterpart safety agency in China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ), wrapped up the 3rd biennial Consumer Product Safety Summit today in Beijing. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum lead the U.S. delegation, which included the agency’s top technical experts and members of CPSC’s Compliance division. 20 U.S. stakeholders participated with the U.S. delegation.
The four-day summit was a platform for CPSC and AQSIQ to make very clear that times have changed. CPSC and AQSIQ put Chinese suppliers and U.S. importers on notice that it is a mistake to depend on good intentions and a few final inspections to ensure compliance with safety requirements.CPSC and AQSIQ will push companies to build safety into the product at every stage of the production and the distribution chain,” said Tenenbaum. “Suppliers and importers need to understand that this is now our expectation.”
Tenenbaum said CPSC will hold importers of products into the United States accountable if their products are hazardous or if they violate U.S. product safety requirements. AQSIQ will hold Chinese suppliers responsible for implementing best practices and building U.S. safety standards into their products before they reach U.S. ports.
“Our goal at CPSC is to protect families in and around their homes by ensuring the safety of the products they buy. That’s what this Summit has been about – protecting families,” said Tenenbaum.” The best way to protect families is to build safety standards into products during design and manufacturing.”
The next U.S. China Consumer Product Safety Summit will take place in the U.S. in 2011.