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SECTOR 1 - General and Service StandardsTC 48 - Consumer Products
Secretory: Milagrosa Mondlane
Chairperson: Phillip Mndawe

To a consumer, product safety means family protection. Products are safer when suppliers have a hand in their development, be it at the raw materials, components, sub-assembly preparation, design, and manufacturing or distribution stage. Creating a prototype and checking its production readiness reduce the likelihood of defective products during a production run. Hazard analysis then points out any remaining hazards that might warrant a warning and instructions to the end user. Products should be traceable and carry a unique identifier that is labelled, marked or tagged at the source. This also goes for raw materials, components and subassemblies. Suppliers should insist on properly identified products from vendors and be able to trace products back to their direct source and identify the next direct recipient of the product in the supply chain. Safer products reduce liability. Products are safer when they carry documentation about the product, its design, its production and its management in the market. A document retention programme might specify how long users need to hold on to a document, but it should also state what product documents to keep. Suppliers should be able to recognize a product’s development through its documentation and trace its design, risk assessment, hazard analysis and testing decisions back to its conception.

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