OECD Working Party on Consumer Product Safety
The GlobalRecalls portal was developed by the OECD Working Party on Consumer Product Safety. The body was created in 2010 by the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy to implement a ten-point action plan which was developed by the latter body. The portal addresses the first of these action points which is “pool information on recalls and emergency alerts on a single web site”. It also supports the working party’s aim to bring stakeholders together to:
• identify safety issues at an early point,
• explore ways to address safety concerns more efficiently and effectively,
• share information on practices and policy developments.
Other activities of the working party focus on i) enhancing information sharing on policy and regulatory developments so as to alert stakeholders to key developments as they occur, ii) working towards more effective product risk assessment globally and iii) developing an injury data portal, which would bring together data on product-related injuries onto one platform.
The Working Party is co-operating closely with international organisations that are active in product safety, including the Asian-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum (APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), GS1 (a non-profit business organisation), the International Consumer Product Safety Caucus (ICPSC), the International Consumer Policy Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Close ties have also been established with non-OECD countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Egypt and China.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. It is a unique forum where governments work together to address a broad range of policy challenges. It provides a setting where governments can compare experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practices and work to co-ordinate domestic and international policies. It is also one of the world's largest and most reliable sources of statistics and data, which is used to carry out a range of assessments and make forecasts. The OECD’s work is carried out by 200 specialised committees, working groups and expert groups, including the Working Party on Consumer Product Safety.
Should you have any questions or comments on the GlobalRecalls portal, please contact GlobalRecallsdata@oecd.org of the OECD secretariat.