What is the GlobalRecalls portal?
The GlobalRecalls portal brings together information on product recalls being issued around the world, on a regular basis, together in one place –an OECD platform. The portal includes information on mandatory and voluntary consumer product recalls which were issued by a governmental body and were made publicly available. The scope of the recalls depends on the government agencies providing information: in some cases data on food products, vehicles, pharmaceuticals and drugs are also included.
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The GlobalRecalls portal was launched on 19 October 2012. Further details are available here.
Who can use the portal?
The GlobalRecalls portal enhances information sharing across jurisdictions and supports regulators in taking corrective actions. The portal is also beneficial for consumers and businesses. Consumers can use this portal to check whether there are safety concerns about the products they intend to buy; this is will particularly useful when making cross borders online purchases. Businesses can improve tracking of emerging hazards from around the world, which will help them to move quickly to address problems.
The OECD portal will also be of added value countries which do not have an electronic system on data recalls, as it can be easily adapted, customised and used in their jurisdictions.
What data does the portal contain? Does the portal have historical information?
The GlobalRecalls portal contains recalls from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States. Each jurisdiction may have slight differences in the types of products that fall within their definition of consumer product. For instance, some countries will include cosmetics as part of their consumer product recalls, while other may include vehicles. At its launch in October 2012, GloballRacalls contained over 2000 entries. The portal is updated on a regular basis with new and historical data. In the near future, additional countries will begin reporting their recalls.
How is the information updated?
A web service is being developed so that information can be collected automatically from participating jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction decides how often and when it sends information to the portal, so the updates timespan may vary from daily to weekly or monthly.
How long the data will be available and stored? Will it be deleted?
Information will be stored on the portal for as long as each individual jurisdiction allows. Some information could therefore be available indefinitely.
Would there be a circumstance where consumer product recall information is on the portal but not on the website of the regulatory body, or vice versa?
Each jurisdiction decides what pieces of information is shared on the portal, so it may happen that the regulatory body may have further details on the recall on its domestic web site, as well as other recalls. However, jurisdictions are generally committed to sharing all publicly available recalls via the portal.
How will this portal evolve over time?
The official launch of the portal completed Phase I of the project. Next steps encompass: i) enhancing translation and searching capabilities, ii) adding historical data into the portal, iii) automating regular updates and iv) gathering data from additional jurisdictions. Work also commenced on a mobile application which would facilitate the use of the portal. Efforts will be also made to develop a customized interface for those jurisdictions which do not have their own database in place.