Bureau Veritas helps consumers have a safe Christmas

14/12/12

Regulations such as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in the United States and the EU Toy Safety Directive aim to protect consumers from unsafe products. But how do retailers check that the gifts they sell comply with this legislation?

Bureau Veritas helps companies around the world manage the risks associated with recalls, non-compliance and consumer concerns. It provides quality management for retailers’ supply chains assessing products against the myriad of regulatory and voluntary requirements imposed by regulations and retailers/brands themselves.

Safety tests on toys, for example, include flammability testing and physical testing for hazardous sharp edges and small parts. The continual restriction of chemicals also means retailers request comprehensive chemical safety testing to identify risks of carcinogenic or toxic chemicals and allergens. This is increasingly a focus for suppliers to the European Union in advance of the implementation of the New Toy Safety Directive’s requirements on chemicals in July 2013.

A world leader in toy testing, Bureau Veritas also has a strong presence in testing of popular electrical goods. With tablets and smartphones topping many people’s wish-lists this year, engineers in labs and inspectors in production sites have been busy assessing the safety, security, reliability and functionality of a wide range of popular devices, and assessing conformity with industry and client standards.

At 30 September 2012, Consumer Products represented 12% of Bureau Veritas’ worldwide revenue.

Visit our dedicated Consumer Products section for more information on our services to retailers, brands, trading companies and manufacturers.

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