Do you import and sell products made overseas?

Recently the federal government announced its intention to adopt the principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then Australian regulators should not impose any additional requirements, unless there is a good and demonstrable reason to do so. In practice, this should mean less paperwork for the importers of many foreign products.

Standards and bans span a wide range of product categories, including children’s toys, sports/recreation and home wares/furniture.

This announcement affects the ACCC’s development and review of mandatory product safety standards, as well as bans on goods regulated via the Australian Consumer Law. We’ve prepared a consultation paper on the issue and are now inviting stakeholders to make submissions. The paper is available on the Product Safety Australia website.

Consultation is open until 5 June 2015. You can make a submission via the ACCC’s Consultation Hub or find out more about this process on the Product Safety Australia website.

Kind regards
Small Business team
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

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