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Monday, November 12 • 11:00am - 11:55am
Plenary Session # 2: The Impact of Digitization on Global Alignment of Product Safety Regulations

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Regulators and stakeholders often seek better alignment of product safety regulations across jurisdictions to improve health and safety outcomes – preventing or reducing the incidence of traditional product safety hazards, such as mechanical defects and exposure to chemicals and hazardous substances – and/or eliminate unnecessary costs and complexity.  These efforts take on many forms, from mutual recognition of conformity assessment bodies and reliance on international standards to sharing information at the pre-regulatory stage and equivalency arrangements.  As more consumer products become part of the Internet of Things, the free flow of data across borders, data protection and privacy rules, and cybersecurity will become bigger issues for the product safety community, with the potential to improve product safety but also introduce new product safety risks.  As the generation, storage, and use of data and the provision of services become an integral part of everyday products, the alignment of product safety rules internationally becomes more important, and also potentially more challenging.  More regulators may become involved, with different governing legal regimes and different standards being applied.  The rules addressing digital and service issues at the international level (e.g., the World Trade Organization and other free trade agreements) differ from the rules that cover products.  And the major jurisdictions – the European Union, China, and the United States – have very different views on how to regulate the digital economy.  How can the international product safety community best navigate this issue in the coming years?  

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Jeff Weiss

Partner, International Trade Group, Venable LLP
Jeff Weiss is a partner in Venable’s International Trade Group.  He focuses his practice on resolving market access issues related to product and digital regulation and standards; and providing counseling, representation, and strategic advice on international trade negotiations, domestic... Read More →

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Basje Bender

Business Europe
Basje Bender is an adviser in BusinessEurope’s Internal Market Department. She works amongst others on issues related to the free movement of goods in the Single Market, standardisation and product safety. Prior to joining BusinessEurope she was a trainee at the European Commission... Read More →
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Jade Nester

Director for Consumer Policy, GSMA
Jade Nester is Director, Consumer Policy, at the GSMA, a trade association representing the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. Previously, she was at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company, where she advised clients on compliance with privacy and data protection... Read More →

Travis Norton

Director, Global Technical Services, Americas Region, Bureau Veritas (representing IFIA)
Travis Norton has been with BV for more than 20 years. As Director of Global Technical Services in the Americas region, he leads and manages a technical consultation team. He has worked on-site as a technical consultant for a retailer, developing product test and inspection requirements. Before... Read More →
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Josep Tous

Director, Observatorio del Consumo
Josep Tous  has nearly 20 years’ experience as a  senior expert in the consumer product safety field. Relevant expertise includes a large number of countries’ legal framework where he works with and assists companies in the strategy and task of global regulatory reporting... Read More →

Monday November 12, 2018 11:00am - 11:55am
Room AB-OA Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), Rue Froissart 36, 1040, Brussels, Belgium

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