Monday March 19, 2018
ACCC Notes 2018 Product Safety Goals, Including ACL Update
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) March 14 announced nine product safety targets for 2018. These came in its report (bit.ly/2pfqpxr) on its priorities. The broadest is to seek "progressive reforms" to the agency's authorities under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Chairman Rod Sims explained (bit.ly/2HCd5Kc) this desire in a March 15 speech before Australia's National Consumer Congress. He said ACCC's powers are reactive, and he envisioned stronger safe design mandates for producers. He suggested that costs would be minimal for companies already doing so and that consumer trust in emerging products might increase.
"We are lagging behind the UK, EU, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Brazil. It’s time we catch up with them and provide Australians with a reason to have greater confidence in the safety of the goods they purchase."
The other eight either reflect ongoing issues for ACCC (PSL, 3/5/18) or echo challenges voiced by its counterparts, such as in the EU (see related story) or U.S. (PSL, 3/12/18):