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Título: Second phase of the SIAR launched: “A system that saves lives”
Resumen: The Consumer Safety and Health Network (CSHN) publicly launched the second phase of implementation of the Inter-American Rapid Alerts System (SIAR for its acronym in Spanish) on March 6, in Lima, Peru, with which the public component of the SIAR is fully operational. The event was organized at the invitation at the invitation of the Government of Peru through the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI for its acronym in Spanish).

The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Board of INDECOPI, Dr. Hebert Tassano, in his capacity of Vice-Chairman of the CSHN Steering Committee. Also, an electronically sent message by Dr. Juliana Pereira, National Secretary for Consumers of Brazil and current Chair of the CSHN Management Committee was heard. On behalf of the OAS General Secretariat and Technical Secretariat of the CSHN, intervened Dr. Evelyn Jacir de Lovo, Chief, Section for Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups of the Department of Social Inclusion.

Were present at the event representatives from consumer protection and competition agencies of 15 countries of the Americas (including all countries of the Management Committee) as well as representatives from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan as part of UNCTAD’s COMPAL program.

A system that saves lives. In his presentation, Dr. Tassano described the SIAR as "a system that saves lives," since it allows the identification and rapid communication of alerts on unsafe products and the risks involved within countries. In that vein, it was stressed that it is the first integrated hemispheric system for the easy and secure generation, management and sharing of information and alerts on consumer product safety, based on shared principles, general concepts and relevant terminology.

The SIAR contains detailed information on legislation and institutional frameworks on market surveillance on consumer product safety in the OAS Member States. It also contains relevant documentation on trainings, studies, directories, schedules, news and newsletters. Additionally, a country menu allows access to a country page, which facilitates the organization for each Member State’s information in an orderly and efficient manner.

At the ceremony it was announced that from that moment the System was available in the four official languages of the Organization (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish); and features new access to "trends" with detailed analysis of the evolution of risky products reported in the portal; a tool for "custom reports" that allows users to analyze the data available in the system in complex ways; a “portfolio of good practices” for the communication and publication of successful experiences at country level; as well as a new tool for the management and subscription of periodic newsletters.

More than 200.000 consumers have benefited. On behalf of INDECOPI, the Director of the National Authority for Consumer Protection, Anahi Chavez presented the work done in Peru on safety alerts on risky products in recent years, highlighting the importance of Peru’s participation in the hemispheric network to allow the detection of unsafe of such products and allow cooperation with relevant agencies in the region, which facilitated the design of the national alert system.

An example of the achievements in recent years, it was reported that following the new regulatory framework adopted in 2010 and the performance of INDECOPI in monitoring consumer product safety 209,784 consumers have been positively benefited in their rights in Peru.


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Fecha de Publicación: 14 mar, 2015
País(es): Antigua y Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, República Dominicana, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Saint Kitts y Nevis, Santa Lucía, San Vicente y las Granadinas, Suriname, Bahamas, Trinidad y Tobago, Estados Unidos de América, Uruguay, Venezuela
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