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       Events 07/11/2012
DE-BRIEFING: 3rd CEOC International Safety Seminar in Brussels

On 6th November 2012, CEOC International presented its position paper “The added value of 3rd party inspection and certification” during the 3rd CEOC International Safety Seminar in Brussels.

CEOC International organised its 3rd International Safety Seminar in the Residence Palace in Brussels dedicated to the safety of consumer products and industrial installations. The well attended seminar with high-level speakers was concluded with an official announcement of the CEOC position paper “The added value of 3rd party inspection and certification” by CEOC president Simo Hassi. The aim of this position paper is to explain to the outside world the activities of 3rd party as well as the added value of 3rd party involvement for legislators/public authorities, manufacturers, service providers and consumers.

The key note speech of the seminar was  delivered by Jacqueline Minor (Director  Consumer Affairs, DG SANCO) in which she  noted that “CEOC members can play an  important role to the overall level of safety in the  market by cooperating with national authorities  and by promoting their services to companies,  encouraging them to test products before placing  them on the market.” 

Presentations on Industrial Installations were given by Ivanka Visnjic (Assistant Professor Business School ESADE and Business model lead, Cambridge Service Alliance) who explained how complex service providers use business model innovation to deliver sustainable growth. Pol Hoorelbeke (Vice President Safety Division TOTAL Refining & Chemicals) highlighted new emerging risks from the chemical and petrochemical industry. The last speaker of the first session, Ralph Kehrbaum (Manager for Engineering Underwriting of Corporate Clients in Germany Technical Insurance HDI Gerling) described the insurance perspectives of risk.

Main focus of the following session was Consumer Safety represented by speakers from both the EU institutions as well as the private sector. Stefanie Roth (EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, DG SANCO) explained the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed. Gitte Schjøtz (Chairwoman IFIA Consumer Products Committee) presented results from the 2012 study on product safety in Europe, which showed that the intervention by qualified third-party bodies has stopped more than 1.2B non-compliant/faulty products from being placed on the global market. Christel Schaldemose (MEP, Member of the IMCO committee) completed the session with her speech and vision that the single market must be safe for consumers, appealing to conduct business, and easy to control for the authorities.

With the growing number of unsafe consumer products reaching the European markets and the on-going aging of industrial installations the safety of our societies and its citizens is of growing concern for the national governments and international institutions.

With the upcoming revision of the EU General Product Safety Directive CEOC International and its members will closely follow the initiatives of the EU Institutions in order to be consulted and involved in the modification process promoting the joint interests of the independent testing, inspection and certification bodies.


You can find all presentations here:

Ivanka Visnjic - Risk and Business Models

Pol Hoorelbeke - New Emerging Risks from the Petrochemical Industry

Ralph Kehrbaum - Insurance Perspectives of Risks

Stefanie Roth - Food Safety

Gitte Schjøtz - Challenges of Consumer Protection


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CEOC International – the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organisations – was founded in 1961 and acts as the voice of the inspection and certification sector at EU and international levels. Its headquarters are based in Brussels. The confederation represents the joint interests of many of the world’s leading inspection and certification companies, employing more than 111,000 highly qualified persons, of which over 62,000 are graduate engineers and technicians. Our members are world-wide involved in the periodical inspection of technical installations as well as the certification of new products and services to protect the workers and citizens of Europe against unsafe products and technical installations.

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