ACCC invites businesses to product safety seminar

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is inviting businesses to a free seminar explaining the changes to the product safety system under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Changes to the product safety system include:

• Harmonised product bans and standards across Australia—leading to a simpler regulatory environment
• Earlier identification of hazards through the introduction of a new requirement for suppliers to report incidents where a product has been associated with a serious injury, illness or death, and improved recall effectiveness.

The free seminar will be held tomorrow – 12 November 2010 – at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. The seminar will start at 7:30am and include a live webinar.

ACCC deputy chairman Peter Kell, who will be holding numerous talks at the seminar, said: "The free seminar is an excellent way for all businesses in the supply chain, large or small, to get direct information on exactly what product safety changes are coming up and how these changes will impact their business.

"The ACL reforms are aimed at providing Australia with a modern, flexible and responsive national framework for consumer protection.

"It’s critical that businesses are aware of their responsibilities and the support available to them during this time of change," he said.

A video recording will be available for those unable to attend the breakfast.

Spaces are limited and businesses can register for the seminar or live webinar via www.productsafety.gov.au/mandatoryreporting. The video recording will be available later from the same site.

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