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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– 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