Drewin Nieuwenhuis

CEOC International Secretary General Drewin Nieuwenhuis graduated in transport engineering and planning sciences and he owes a Master of Science (Drs-Ing), from Utrecht University, in The Netherlands. He worked in several management positions in the Netherlands and Belgium. Drewin arrived in 1992 in Brussels where he worked as Member of the European Management Team for UITP Europe from 1991 to 1999 and as General Director for UNIFE – the European Rail Industry from 1999 to 2007. In November 2007 Drewin was appointed as Secretary General of CEOC International in Brussels and he is continuing working there.



Consumer Product Safety an Industrial Protection in Europe and elsewhere

Increased globalization of markets has triggered an inflow of unsafe products, originating mainly from developing countries. This has led to an increased political interest in – and public concern about – the safety of consumer products and industrial installations. In many fields this resulted in a growing demand for increased supervision and market surveillance by national governments and by local public authorities.

Since 2012 CEOC International (International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organizations) and IFIA (International Federation of Inspection Agencies) have collected data on product & consumer safety in Europe and the USA and have published the results in a study.

The objective of the study is to gauge the effectiveness of securing product safety, comparing self-declaration system and 3rd party testing and certification. This survey is aimed to demonstrate the weaknesses of the Supplier‘s Declaration of Conformity (SDOC) route by comparing the results of testing products purchased on the open market that are subject to CE marking via the SDOC route and Products that are Certified by an independent third-party entity ( including products purchased in the USA).

In addition to Consumer Safety, Industrial safety is a topic of high relevance in the current economy. On the basis of nuclear stress tests carried out in 2011 and 2012, the lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident and the safety requirements of the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association and the International Atomic Energy Agency, the EU amended its Nuclear Safety Directive in 2014.

Related statistics in the EU market summarizing the results of 3rd party testing and inspection of petrol stations, pressure vessels, and lifts will be presented.

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