Last week the ICPHSO conference in Orlando, Florida hosted an historic event as product safety regulators from the United States (CPSC), Canada (Health Canada) and Mexico (PROFECO) signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU formalised the three-way cooperation that has been taking place between the agencies, and paves the way for future cooperative initiatives. The co-operative approach allows the regulators to work together to share best practices on regulatory and technical issues and increase the potential to reach alignment on approaches to safety. The MoU highlights the increasing connectedness between product safety regulatory agencies around the world – a trend that is also becoming evident in other regions – reflecting the increased global footprint of many products.

The CPSC’s press release is available here.

Posted by Jamie Humphreys

Jamie Humphreys is a litigation and regulatory lawyer. He is a strategic advisor to clients who face critical threats to their business at all stages of the product life-cycle, working with them to ensure the most favourable outcome and manage any reputational impact. He also provides policy advice to clients on proposed legislation and regulations that may introduce profound changes to their business. He has acted on high profile litigation across a range of different industries, internal investigations into allegations of fraud by global products manufacturers, major corruption investigations for Governments, and B2B product liability disputes, international recalls and consumer claims for well-known global brands. He is passionate about the impact that new technologies such as 3D printing, AI and Internet of Things will have in the products space and works with clients to ensure they prosper within a dynamic regulatory environment.