The iNARTE Informer – July 2013

ASSOCIATE EMC, ESD, AND PRODUCT SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS Many of you may not be aware that iNARTE offers an Associate level of certification for individuals who are new to the fields of EMC, ESD and Product Saf... Read More...

The iNARTE Informer – November 2012

We would like to welcome Sal Agnello as the new RABQSA International Director of Business Development. Sal Agnello comes to RABQSA from ASQ, where he worked in Market Development and Services. Sal’s background ... Read More...

How to Prepare for Possible Product Recalls

In 2011, Australia and Canada adopted new product safety laws that require manufacturers and others in the supply chain to monitor their products in use, and to report safety issues and take appropriate corrective actions in certain situations. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has become more aggressive in levying civil penalties on companies who do not report safety problems in a timely fashion.

A Cost Effective Approach to EMC and Product Safety Regulatory Compliance Requirements

Being first to market is what enables a company to capture the rewards of an efficient product development program. Among the benefits of such a program is a greater return on investment (ROI), triumph over the competition and increased shareholder’s satisfaction. However, there are pressures such as a slow growth domestic economy, a growing global marketplace and a highly competitive market environment.

Is there anything optional about safety?

As manufacturers design new products and update the design of old products, many times they sell and offer for sale different designs with differing levels of safety and quality. There are many reasons for the differences including multi-functional uses of the product, different price points (e.g. good, better, and best), requests by customers, adoption of safety improvements, and inconsistent regulations and standards between the U.S. and foreign countries.

This article will explore the legal and practical risks in selling products with these differences and what manufacturers can do to minimize the risk.