Viet Nam can generate more export opportunities and increase its global image by adhering to new US law on consumer product safety, says Nancy A. Nord, acting chairwoman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
|Nancy A. Nord, acting chairwoman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission|
Ms. Nord made this claim yesterday at a press conference held in the city during a visit she said was aimed at helping Vietnamese enterprises learn about the new law.
She noted that Viet Nam-US bilateral trade has recently increased sharply in recent years, with Viet Nam exporting large quantities of clothing and consumer products.
The law focuses on products for children, and toys that contain excessive amounts of lead are considered illegal, she said, adding that according to the new law, producers have to have their products tested and send results to CPSC on request.
The CPSC accepts results from only laboratories which are approved by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), Ms. Nord said.
She said the CPSC is drawing up procedures and standards applicable for laboratories.
She warned all products having high lead content cannot be imported into the US as of February 2009, even if they had been contracted before the new law was issued.
Ms. Nord noted that the new law raised the maximum fine to US$15 million, and that CPSC is also allowed to apply other punishment, including increasing the level of offence for purposeful violation.
The CPSC can seize unqualified products and ban imports of them in the US while they were sent back to the exporting countries earlier, she said.