International Standards

PPAI is your source for product safety regulations, standards and education. Before you go global, get compliant by reviewing the following international standards.

Regulator: Australia Competition and Consumer Commission 
Guide: Product Safety—A Guide for Business and Legal Practitioners
Law: Australian Consumer Law (2011)


NEW from Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety Program:
Industry Guidance - "Danger to Human Health or Safety" Posed by Consumer Products

Guide to Notices of Violation and Administrative Monetary Penalties under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act 

Health Canada Guide to Children's Jewelry

English Guide:  Guide to Notices of Violation & Admin. Monetary Penalties Under Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

English Guide: Industry Guide to Children's Jewelry

Consumer Product Safety in Canada: A guide to standards and conformity assessment options for manufacturers, importers and sellers

Health Canada Publishes Guidance on Toy Product Safety
Regulator: Health Canada, Minister of Health
Guide: Canada Consumer Product Safety Act Quick Reference Guide 
Law: Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (2010)
Resources: FAQs for the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
Guide to Preparing and Maintaining Documents
Canada Consumer Product Safety Act Brochure
Information for Retailers
Incident Report Form For Industry

Regulator: Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) (link unavailable at this time)
Law: Management Regulations on Recall of Children’s Toys (link unavailable at this time)

European Union
Regulator: Directorate General for Health & Consumers
Guide: Product Safety in Europe: A Guide to Corrective Action Including Recalls Updated March 2012
Laws: The General Product Safety Directive (GPSD)
REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances   

Regulator: Ministry of Consumer Affairs
Laws: The Consumer Protection Act (1986), Consumer Protection Regulations (2005) 

South Korea
Regulators: Ministry of Knowledge Economy
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
Guide: Enforcement Decree of the Act (link unavailable at this time)
Law: Framework Act on Product Safety (link unavailable at this time)

South Africa
Regulators: South African Bureau of Standards, National Consumer Commission (link unavailable at this time), Department of Trade and Industry
Law: Consumer Protection Act (2008), Standards Act (2008)

For more information on international standards, review the Global Standards Information website of the United States, a gateway to standards and conformity assessment information to help you navigate regulations in a complex global market.

This information is being furnished by PPAI for educational and informational purposes only. The Association makes no warranties or representations about specific dates, coverage or application. Consult with appropriate legal counsel about the specific application of the law to your business and products.



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