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OECD, GS1 partner on consumer safety


May 2, 2013
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Paris, Fra— The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is further enhancing its collaboration with GS1 to provide consumers, businesses and governments with a single source of trusted information on product recalls.

The OECD launched its GlobalRecalls portal on 19 October 2012, and said this is the first online tool that contains regularly updated information on consumer product recalls issued by jurisdictions around the world. The portal has already been visited nearly 700,000 times, according to OECD.

With the adoption of GS1 standards for product identification (GTIN) and global product classifications (GPC), the search features and multi-lingual capability of the GlobalRecalls portal will be enhanced significantly.

Using one global standard facilitates seamless data interoperability from jurisdictions into the GlobalRecalls portal and eliminates product ambiguities. Collaboration between experts from GS1 and OECD will also support the creation of an automated tool to gather information on recalled products from jurisdictions in real-time.

“The GlobalRecalls portal is very much in line with our commitment to develop better policies for better lives,” said OECD Deputy Secretary-General Rintaro Tamaki. “We are pleased to enhance our collaboration with the GS1 organisation in our mission to improve consumer safety globally. Other stakeholders, including business representatives, are encouraged to join the initiative.”

“GS1 congratulates the OECD on this very important and successful global consumer safety initiative,” said GS1 President and CEO Miguel Lopera. “GS1 standards for product identification, classification, traceability and multi-jurisdictional recall all play a vital role in ensuring brand protection and consumer safety. We look forward to further collaboration with the OECD.”

The organisations are also co-developing a global standards-based mobile application which would offer a user-friendly tool to identify unsafe products.

The OECD GlobalRecalls portal is accessible at http://globalrecalls.oecd.org.