EU-Taiwan cooperation on product risk assessment – joint seminar on toy safety (30/10/2012)

In the framework of EU-Taiwan cooperation on technical regulatory issues an EU-Taiwan joint Seminar on Product Risk Assessment and Conformity Assessment Procedures for Toys took place on 29 October 2012 in Taipei.

The seminar was opened by the Deputy Head of EETO, Mr Tamas Maczak and Director General of BSMI, Dr. Jay-San Chen. In his opening remarks Mr Maczak highlighted the EU-Taiwan cooperation in technical regulatory issues standardisation and product certification. "The EU and Taiwan work together towards simplifying administrative procedures, avoiding unnecessary requirements and additional administrative burden to lower risk products. This seminar brings together experts form the EU and Taiwan to look at how to identify and classify product risk and specifically how to apply this in toy safety."

The seminar was organized by the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) together with Taiwan's Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI). The topics addressed included product risk assessment and risk management in the EU regulations as well as concrete examples of the EU's approach in toy safety and specific requirements for toys. On the Taiwan side presentations introduced Taiwan's approach to good regulatory approaches as well as inspection and market surveillance for toys in Taiwan. The speakers included officials from the Directorate General for Enterprise of the European Commission, EU toy industry and certification body representatives as well as officials from BSMI and the Center for Economic Deregulation and Innovation of the Council for Economic Planning and Development.

About 200 people attended the seminar from different walks of life including government administration, companies and academics.