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Is the Product Safe? What Do Experts Say? The Taiwan-New Zealand Risk Assessment Workshop (October 17-18, 2017) Invites You to Find It Out
Organization: Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.        Publish Date: 2017-10-05 13:17
The advance of technology, the speedy transmission of information and the network of international supply chain accelerate the introduction of new products into the marketplace. Being attracted by the novelty of products, consumers, out of curiosity, are eager to try them out. Having their mind set on experiencing the new functions, consumers tend to stay less vigilant about the safety of such products. Taking hoverboards as an example, they are attractive to consumers because of the cool, convenient, green, fashion and self-challenging images associated with the products. But are they safe? What do producers say? How do regulators respond? What are consumer groups concerned about? They all have their answers, but the question is, do they speak "the same language"?

"Risk assessment" is the language they have in common. No matter how the product design is changed or how many functions are made possible by technology advances, the risks of products can be consistently assessed by taking into account subjective social perspectives and objective scientific analyses.

The concept of "risk" have been applied to a wide range of areas since its introduction in 1930s. However, the discussions on its application to product safety have only become extensive in recent years. A lot of countries adopted risk-based approach to regulating product safety so as to protect consumers from hazards resulted from unsafe products. And the methods used to assess risks of products are important tools to promote product safety.

With a view to familiarizing relevant stakeholders (the industry, the government and the consumer groups) with elements of risk assessment, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) in collaboration with New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will hold the "Taiwan-New Zealand Risk Assessment Workshop" at the BSMI Auditorium on October 17-18, 2017. There will be 2 experts from MBIE, 2 experts from WorkSafe New Zealand and 2 experts from Taiwan (BSMI and Precision Machinery Research & Development Center) to explain risk assessment in general and its applications to different products sectors (consumer products, electric and electronic products, and machinery). This is a unique opportunity for participants to acquire risk assessment knowledge from different disciplines at the same time. We believe that at the end of the Workshop, the participants will have better command of the risk assessment "language" and the communication between interested parties of product safety would be more efficient.

To enhance understanding of technical aspects of the content, a consecutive interpretation will be provided for presentations delivered in English. As limited seats are available at the BSMI Auditorium, we encourage to register on line as early as possible. The deadline of registration for the Workshop is October 13, 2017. We look forward to seeing you. (Please see the attachments for the Workshop Agenda and email your name and dietary restriction to willy.wei@bsmi.gov.tw).
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