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Consumer Workshop: a Safer World for Consumers

How Can Standards Help?

New York, May 05, 2005

In recent years, the world’s citizens are finding new ways to cope with extraordinary events like environmental disasters, electrical blackouts, or terrorist attacks that affect their safety in large-scale, far-reaching ways. At the same time, the public remains concerned over everyday safety issues related to the possible dangers of products sold in the marketplace. In this context, the International Organization for Standardization’s Consumer Policy Committee (ISO COPOLCO) is convening an open workshop on the role of standards in contributing to public safety and security. The event will be held May 24, 2005, in Toronto, Canada, hosted by the Standards Council of Canada.

Speaking at the workshop will be American National Standards Institute(ANSI) chairman of the board Dr. George Arnold, who will report on the standards gap analysis done by the ISO advisory group on security, where he serves as chair. The program will also include a keynote address on the international harmonization of consumer product safety standards by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Hal Stratton.

Topics to be addressed by speakers from around the globe include: consumer priorities in safety and security; product certification as a route to achieving consumer product safety; community safety and security initiatives in various sectors including the hospitality industry; citizen preparedness and response to environmental emergencies; access to essential services such as food, water, and energy; public health concerns; and the role of information technology.

The afternoon portion of the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to participate in one of three breakout discussions. The sessions will focus on providing security of essential public services; ensuring the safety for vulnerable populations such as children, seniors, and the disabled; and balancing public security needs with personal interests and rights such as privacy and accessibility.

COPOLCO will consider the workshop inputs and discussions at its annual plenary meeting which takes place immediately afterwards. While the plenary meeting is limited to ISO member body representatives, the workshop is open to all interested stakeholders and provides a venue for consumers to be heard before a large and diverse international audience. To register online, click here.

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