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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 21 October 2006

Record 15,000 household products registered with SAFETY mark

Source: www.spring.gov.sg

Record 15,000 Products Registered with SAFETY Mark

Thanks to the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Registration Scheme, or CPS, the number of commonly used household electrical, electronic and gas products, registered has reached a record 15,000.
This is a whopping increase of 250 times since the scheme first started 15 years ago in 1991.
A total of 45 such products gazetted as Controlled Goods, must bear the SAFETY Mark before they can be sold in the market).
That¡¯s not all. The number of accidents involving Controlled Goods also fell from 11 in 1993 to zero in 2000. Since then, we have achieved zero accident except in 2003 when there was one case.
These significant achievements were announced by Mr Png Cheong Boon, Deputy Chief Executive of SPRING Singapore, at the Consumer Product Safety Seminar on 20 October 2006.
Mr Png added that more than 400 Registered Suppliers now participate in the scheme, up from nine in 1991. ¡°The CPS has helped to foster a pro-business environment and provides consumers with more choices at better prices,¡± he said.
Managed by SPRING Singapore, the CPS protects consumers from unsafe products by registering a list of Controlled Goods, (household electrical, electronic and gas products) that have passed stringent tests for product safety.
To further enhance consumer awareness on product safety, SPRING Singapore and the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding today (20 Oct 2006).
This is the first MOU both parties are signing to educate consumers on the importance of product safety.
Besides Controlled Goods, the MOU will also cover Non-controlled Goods i.e. any household electrical, electronic and gas products outside of the list.
For a start, SPRING Singapore and CASE will execute a joint campaign educating consumers about eight safety questions they should use when shopping for any household electrical, electronic and gas products. (See Annex 2 for the eight safety questions.)
¡°Consumers need to be reminded that product safety begins with the purchase, installation and the proper use of the products,¡± said CASE President Mr Yeo Guat Kwang.
¡°Reports have shown that very often accidents were due to misuse or mishandling of these appliances.¡±
Currently, goods registered under the CPS are given the SAFETY Mark, a trust mark that more consumers are depending on when making purchase decisions.
Products not in the list of Controlled Goods under CPS are not required to be registered and do not bear the SAFETY Mark.
However, such products may be unsafe to use due to poor design or incorrect usage procedures. Thus, educating consumers to be more discerning when making such purchases will be a key area under the SPRING Singapore-CASE collaboration.
SPRING Singapore and CASE will jointly organise consumer campaigns and seminars. Each party will have their representatives in the other party¡¯s committee for consumer safety related issues.
The committees are SPRING Singapore¡¯s Consumer Product Safety Advisory Committee and CASE¡¯s Consumer Products, Standards and Testing Committee.
SPRING Singapore has also launched an advertising campaign that started on 8 Oct 06 to encourage the public to look for the SAFETY Mark when buying Controlled Goods.
These advertisements are sponsored by industry players, and will be published in the major dailies and appear in outdoor media including buses, taxis and bus stop shelters.
Some 200 industry players attended the seminar today, which has the theme ¡°15 Years of Consumer Product Safety and Beyond ¨C One Standard, One Certification and One Product.¡± Six organisations also received the Friends of Consumer Safety Award from Mr Yeo.
This seminar is part of a week-long series of Quality and Standards 2006 seminars and conferences from 17 to 20 October 2006 to celebrate several milestones:
  • 40th anniversary of the National Standardisation Programme
  • 30 years of national Metrology development
  • 20th anniversary of the Singapore Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (SINGLAS)
  • 10th anniversary of the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC)
  • 15th anniversary of the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Registration Scheme
About 1,000 participants from industry attended the seminars and conferences held at the Marina Mandarin during the week. More information about QS2006 is available at www.spring-qs2006.com.
More..... (Factsheet & Annexes)

Source: www.spring.gov.sg News Release 20 Oct 2006

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