In this edition: Podcasts and transcripts; Associations and product safety; should apparel care labels remain mandatory?; Button battery update
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Slow progress . . .

It's now 12 months since I published my white paper: Consumer product safety in Australia: Challenges for practitioners and business managers. The paper recommended a range of strategies available to government, and business associations.

I have recently written on action by some associations (see below). And the Congress panel session (also below) discusses many actions that can be taken.

But not much has changed since 2018 and the system is still in need of a paradigm shift.

Read about and download the white paper

Opinions and controversies
by Gail Greatorex

I'm excited to have posted a recording and transcript of the product safety panel discussion at this year's National Consumer Congress. 

Moderator – Delia Rickard, Deputy Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 
Dr Ruth Barker, Pediatrician and Director, Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit 
Gail Greatorex, Owner and Principal, Product Safety Solutions 
Erin Turner, Director, Campaigns and Communications, CHOICE

We cover a range of topics and don't hold back on some of the things we think need changing.

Start with Part 1

Getting associations to step up on product safety
By Gail Greatorex

Business and industry associations exist to help members succeed and protect their interests. All associations should have a policy and measures in place to assist members achieve product safety.

Associations can help their members and the broader community in a number of ways, such as:

  • education and awareness for members, the broader sector and consumers
  • guidance on safe design, regulations and testing
  • facilitating networks
  • policies, such as recall preparedness and button battery compliance
  • advocacy on self-regulatory and regulatory matters


Care labelling - mandatory standard review

By Gail Greatorex

The ACCC is currently reviewing the mandatory standard for care labelling of clothing and household textiles. Do we still need it to be mandatory?

I have argued No, but if that's not acceptable, also offered an alternative position that would allow a fair compromise.

Button batteries - We're currently awaiting two documents on button batteries: The government report on the national strategy; and the revised industry guideline on making products safer. Both are anticipated in coming weeks. Stay tuned. 

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