U.S. and Japan Sign Product Safety Agreement
Nov 30, 2006
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A new agreement is designed to help assure the safety of products in the U.S. and Japan.  The agreement, Guidelines for Information Exchange and Administrative Cooperation, calls for an exchange of information between the two countries on consumer product safety issues, the development of training programs dealing with consumer product safety and an exchange of safety professionals to carry out consumer safety programs.

The agreement was signed by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acting Chairman Nancy Nord and President Makoto Misono of National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) at the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) conference in Brussels, Belgium. Director-General Midori Tani, Consumer Affairs, Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), had previously signed the agreement.

"This cooperative agreement with the United States will help protect consumers around the world," said METI Director-General Tani.

"Both agencies will be able to identify dangerous products faster, and prevent them from being distributed," said Nord.

Japan is a major trading partner with the United States. It ranks fourth in imports of consumer products into the U.S. According to the International Trade Commission, U.S. $40 billion of products under CPSC's jurisdiction came from Japan in 2005.  CPSC also has signed agreements designed to improve product safety with other countries, including Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the European Commission, India, Israel, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea.

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