Here at CPSC, we are always looking for new ways to collaborate with our partners and improve the safety of imports that are headed for the stores that you shop in. On Aug. 29, Sept. 1, and Sept. 2, CPSC and the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (DG Enterprise) conducted in China the first-ever training events specifically designed for buyers and sourcing professionals. These training events are for the individuals who make vital decisions on products to be exported to the United States and Europe.
Company representatives who buy consumer products destined for retail sale are the key decision makers at the intersection of the production, supply and retail chains. They have the power to ensure that products purchased for their companies meet all U.S. and European safety requirements. Too often, they may lack the information to fulfill this role and that lack of information could impact the safety of you and your family. CPSC / DG Enterprise product safety buyer training aims to help fill that gap.
In each of three different manufacturing centers in China—Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shunde—product safety staff from the CPSC and DG Enterprise taught a one-day seminar (with simultaneous interpretation) for buyers and sourcing professionals, who procure consumer products for export to China’s two biggest foreign consumer markets. Beginning with a session covering general product safety information from both jurisdictions, attendees moved into more specific training sessions covering safety requirements for toys, apparel, and electrical products. These three categories represent products for the most vulnerable consumers or products that too often present a risk of injury or death.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) hosted the training events. More information is available here.
Our goal is for companies to use this training opportunity to empower their buyers to identify and prevent safety problems in the production and supply of products. Failure to take a proactive approach could lead to a product seizure or recall. It is good for business and good for the customer when buyers take safety to the source.