North America Consumer Product Safety Summit 2021 - Joint Statement
September 23, 2021
Health Canada, Mexico’s Consumer Protection Federal Agency (PROFECO) and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continue to value and build on our long-standing cooperative efforts as consumer product safety regulators. Despite the challenges and disruptions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain engaged towards our common goal of protecting the health and safety of consumers in North America as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our trilateral collaboration.
On September 20, 22 and 23, 2021, Health Canada hosted the Fifth North America Consumer Product Safety Summit, which was held virtually. The three regulators came together to take stock of achievements to date and to continue developing a shared agenda for trilateral engagement and collaboration. The regulators also heard from subject matter experts and stakeholders regarding several emerging issues and topics of interest such as e-commerce, the Internet of Things (IoT), the safety of seniors and safety by design. The three regulators discussed potential future collaborative work informed by the presentations and engagement that took place during the Summit.
Since the inaugural Summit hosted by the CPSC in 2011, and hosted in turn by each of the three agencies every 2-3 years, these Summits have been instrumental in supporting collaborative work between our respective product safety programs to reduce health and safety risks posed by potentially dangerous consumer products in North America.
In February 2018, the three agencies signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to memorialize our joint cooperation and to serve as a framework for future joint activities. The MOU outlines ten priority areas of cooperation, including activities to: promote consumer and industry awareness; develop joint capacity and cooperation in cross-border product safety; and promote collaboration across different technical areas, including laboratory sciences, risk identification and compliance.
The framework outlined in the MOU was instrumental in the design and success of the first project under the Early Consultation Initiative (ECI). This initiative was established in 2015 as an unprecedented trilateral effort between Health Canada, PROFECO and the CPSC to enhance consultation and alignment on issues related to product hazards. In 2019, the first ECI project on the safety of AC powered chargers was completed, resulting in a joint recommendation that safety requirements be updated to include new testing requirements. This major accomplishment exemplified the value of the cooperation and collaboration fostered at the North America Consumer Product Safety Summits. In recognition of their significant contribution to voluntary standardization, the joint project team was awarded the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 2019 Meritorious Service Award.
During the 2021 Summit, the three regulators discussed potential future trilateral work in the following areas: industry and consumer outreach; laboratory cooperation; compliance enforcement; and regulatory alignment. The potential trilateral work would focus on issues of common interest, such as e-commerce, household hazards, durable infant products and trilateral recalls cooperation. This trilateral work supports our renewed commitment to the priority areas of cooperation outlined in the MOU.
While the level, intensity, and mechanisms of cooperative engagement outlined above will be subject to domestic priorities and the availability of resources, the three organizations are looking forward to enhancing our engagement and accelerating progress for the benefit of North American consumers.
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