Associate Professor Kirsten Vallmuur is leading the ARC funded study entitled Evaluating child consumer product regulatory responses to improve child safety. This study aims to better understand consumer product safety regulatory responses and injury risks to children to inform development of regulatory responses and health and safety policies in Australia.
Consumer product safety regulation operates in a global and ‘virtual’ market, with the growth of online purchasing, limited border protection capacity and increasing distance between suppliers and consumers. This makes monitoring and enforcing product safety much more difficult for regulators, putting consumers at risk, including children.
Developing a rapid responsive product safety system that operates across sectors and borders is an international priority. This study evaluates the congruence of consumer product safety regulator responses and safety incident data for children to close gaps in consumer regulatory practice and safety policy, and reduce risk of injury to children.