The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today the signing of a Statement of Intent (SOI) with Israel's government to improve the safety of consumer products traded between the United States and Israel.
CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton and Grisha Doitch, the Director of the Israel Administration of Standardization (IAS) in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, signed the agreement.
The agreement calls for an exchange of information on consumer product safety, cooperation to prevent injuries from hazardous consumer products, the development of training programs dealing with consumer product safety, and an exchange of officials, experts and professionals to carry out consumer safety programs.
"Israel is an important trading partner," said Stratton. "This agreement will help the U.S. and Israel take meaningful steps toward improving the safety of consumer products traded between both countries so we can identify dangerous products faster, save lives and prevent injuries."
"This collaborative agreement underscores our commitment to improving the safety of consumer products," said Grisha Doitch, Director of the IAS. "It is the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States that will protect consumers."
CPSC also has signed agreements with Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the European Commission, India, Mexico and Taiwan to improve the safety of consumer products.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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