Working with the ASEAN’s Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP), in collaboration with the Competition, Consumer Protection and Intellectual Property Rights Division (CCPID) of the ASEAN Secretariat, the project aims to develop an operational framework for the regular collection and assessment of data on product-related injuries by consumer protection agencies at the national and regional levels or the ASEAN Product Incident Alert System Framework, while also taking into account gender- and environmentally- sensitive issues. This project supports the implementation of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan on Consumer Protection 2016-2025 (ASAPCP).
The development of a product-injury reporting system will enable ASEAN Member States to exchange incident data and reports that will eventually promote freer movement of safe goods and enhance consumer protection across the region.
Problem being addressed by CTIF
Consumer protection is an integral part of a modern, efficient, effective and fair market place, and one key aspect of protecting consumers is ensuring product safety. Product safety remains to be a concern in ASEAN, and as such, region-wide initiatives such as this project are being undertaken to complement existing national efforts to enact legislations and create specific agencies to promote consumer protection in the region.
From a health and safety perspective, this project can help enhance consumers’ welfare through mechanisms that can more effectively guarantee that only safe products are available on the market. From a gender equality and social inclusion lens, this project can play an important role in ensuring equal access to quality goods and services across the ASEAN region, empowering women and other vulnerable groups across the region by increasing access to better information on product incidents and faulty products.