Product safety panel discussion – Part 2

National Consumer Congress 2019 held in Melbourne, 14 March 2019 This is Part 2 of the product safety panel discussion transcript from the 2019 national consumer congress. The full audio recording is available on podcast. Moderator…

Product safety panel discussion – Part 3

National Consumer Congress 2019 held in Melbourne, 14 March 2019 This is Part 3 of the product safety panel discussion transcript from the 2019 national consumer congress. The full audio recording is available on podcast. In this…

Product safety panel discussion – Part 4

National Consumer Congress 2019 held in Melbourne, 14 March 2019 This is Part 4 of the product safety panel discussion transcript from the 2019 national consumer congress. The full audio recording is available on podcast. In this…
Care labelling standard
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Do we really need to regulate garment care labelling?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has asked whether to keep, modify or revoke the mandatory standard for care labelling of apparel and household textiles. I support revocation, as I believe having a regulation for garment…
Button battery gold star

Button batteries – what good businesses are doing

Despite some good efforts, the rate of serious injuries in Australia from kids swallowing button batteries is not going down. Some estimates are at one per month, which is a shocking statistic. In my blog article: Button batteries -…
Matt Smith ICIX podcast

Product safety podcast – Interview with Matthew Smith

Interview with Matt Smith, President and Founder of supply chain transparency company ICIX How do you know what’s in your products? Which companies are supplying the component parts? Who’s provided them with the raw materials?…
Product safety IoT

IoT product safety – Work in progress

How will technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) impact consumer product safety? The future is rushing towards us and we may need a new frame of reference. There’s plenty of attention on this issue and many minds are exercised.…
Companies behaving badly

Companies behaving badly? – Product safety

On 13 July 2018, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chair, Rod Sims, delivered a speech at the 2018 Giblin Lecture on the poor behaviours the ACCC has seen from companies. This is an edited extract of Mr Sims’ speech, with additional…
Regulation commencement date
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Regulation commencement dates

  “The regulation takes effect on 1 January.”   “So, who will be at work to implement this? Or to enforce it?” and “What work is needed during December to gear up for implementation?”     1…
Product safety challenges

Paradigm shift needed for product safety in Australia

Last year I attended one of the rare product safety seminars held in Australia. At that event, participants were tasked with identifying ways product safety practitioners can work effectively in a competitive commercial environment. Contrary…