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GRC Professional : GRC Spring 2012
9 ACI NEWS EVENTS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION SERIES 27 November Sydney Christmas evening drinks. 5.30pm-7.30pm. 28 November Brisbane Celebrate the festive season with others from the industry, and discover ACI's 2013 plans over evening drinks. 5.30pm-7.30pm 29 November Auckland In preparation for the Anti-Money Laundering/ Countering Financing of Terrorism Act, coming into effect in New Zealand in June 2013, ACI has brought together some of the industry's leading anti- money laundering experts to share their knowledge at a conference in Auckland on 29 November. The event will be followed by Christmas drinks for ACI members in New Zealand. 4 December Perth ACI Christmas Celebrations: Regulator Forum Representatives from the ACCC, ASIC and AUSTRAC will discuss latest developments in the market, as well as give their regulatory insights upon the present level of reporting. Presenters Jane Gouvernet Senior Manager, ASIC and Sam Di Scerni General Manager, Enforcement Operations WA, ACCC 6 December Melbourne Celebrate the festive season with peers and hear how ACI is looking towards 2013. Evening drinks, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Full details of the conference and Xmas events are on ACI's website www.acigrc.com Keep dangerous products off shelves Two dollar shops, discount variety stores and weekend market stall-holders are getting a new guide to help them understand their mandatory product safety requirements and to ensure the products they are selling are safe. Developed by The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and state and territory consumer protection agencies, the guide details mandatory product safety obligations and provides a summary of suppliers' responsibilities under Australia's national product safety laws. It also features photos of many regulated products and useful infor mation in English, Vietnamese and Chinese. "Businesses across Australia value their customers' safety. Unfortunately, many are not aware of the laws governing the sale of these products," ACCC deputy chair, Delia Rickard said. "Businesses should not assume that imported products have been checked for compliance with Australia's product safety laws." Kellie Powell, group compliance m anager for Super Retail Group and ACI board member said: "It is important for retailers to have a robust compliance framework in place to mitigate product safety breaches." The ACCC a nd consumer protection agencies recently targeted the safety of children's products and surveyed more than 16,000 product lines across nearly 2,000 retailers Australia-wide. "Although the surveillance revealed high levels of compliance across most retailers and product lines, it did result in some non- complia nt products being removed from the marketplace," Rickard said. Recalled products include baby dummies, children's nightwear, prams and strollers, cots and baby walkers. As a result of the surveillance, the ACCC is considering court enforceable actions against some of the non-compliant suppliers. One court enforceable undertaking has already been finalised with G & R Wills Holdings Pty Ltd, which has agreed to implement a product safety campaign in remote indigenous communities after supplying unsafe baby walkers and strollers. "The onus is on businesses to ensure that the products they sell comply with all Australian laws. However I also strongly encourage parents and carers to do what they can to ensure infant and nursery products are safe for their children," Rickard said. Online sales On another front, Rickard said it was also important for consumers to understand the potential product safety risks when they bought products online. "Mandatory standards and bans apply to some products sold in Australia. Even though products sold here are legally required to meet these requirements, people m ay be able to purchase products online which don't meet these standards or have been recalled in another country," she said. The ACCC recently recalled 205,000 Bumbo baby seats after learning they had been recalled in the United States after causing serious injuries to infants who fell from the seat. Consumers can check recalls internationally following the launch of a global recalls portal, http://globalrecalls. oecd.org/, an initiative of an OECD working party. Recalled products in Australia can be viewed on w w w.recalls.gov.au or the ACCC Recalls Australia iPhone and Android app. Fu rther infor mation is available at w w w.productsafety.gov.au. The onus is on businesses to ensure that the products they sell comply with all Australian laws.
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