Measurement and product specification testing is an all important phase in ensuring quality, consumer confidence and brand reputation.  There are several sets of requirements that might be specified in standards, with conformity assessment a significant part of this.  The CFA Standards representative on Standards Australia Technical Committee QR-010 Conformity Assessment  is involved in the project…

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A coalition of consumer and financial counselling organisations has launched a new website to ensure the hard truths are heard in the debate about the future of short term high cost loans – www.debttrap.org.au. The new website delivers the confronting facts about payday loans, busts myths currently being spread by payday lenders, and outlines safer…

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A new global tool for tracking junk food marketing looks to get governments moving on obesity. The tool, prepared by Consumers International, the global peak for national consumer organisations includes a manual for monitoring children’s exposure to unhealthy food and drink promotions launches worldwide interactive TV commercials and child-friendly websites targeted alongside traditional mediay Consumers…

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CFA member CHOICE has launched a Better Food Labelling Campaign. The campaign invites consumers around Australia to ‘Shame the Claim‘, a call to to send to Choice food labels which make dodgy nutrition claims that hide the unhealthy reality. Choice says claims like ‘reduced fat,’ ‘low carb’ and ‘high in fibre’ are often used selectively…

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The first meeting of the Standards Australia’s reformed Consumer Standing Forum was held in Sydney on 14 September 2011. Representatives attended from CFA, Consumer Affairs Victoria, NSW Fair Trading, QLD Office of Fair Trading, ACCC and Standards Australia. It was chaired by John Furbank from the CFA. The purpose of the CSF is to raise…

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is throwing a spotlight on door-to-door sales practices in the energy retail sector, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims announced on 13 September 2011. In a speech to the ACOSS/ CHOICE ‘Energy at Home’ conference at Parliament House, Mr Sims said “the ACCC is concerned that misleading or deceptive conduct by…

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Two prominent CFA members  have called to end the current process of appeal for electricity distribution pricing determinations.  Barriers to Fair Network Prices, by Consumer Action and the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre, shows electricity distribution companies are routinely challenging pricing determinations made by the Australian Energy Regulator, the independent organisation that sets distribution costs. The…

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CFA member CHOICE is calling for mandatory country of origin labelling on unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken products to help consumers make informed decisions about the meat they’re buying. Currently, only unpackaged pork and seafood are required to carry labels identifying their country of origin, but CHOICE believes this should be extended to beef, chicken…

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A landmark event in the Standards community is World Standards Day, with this year’s theme of Creating Confidence Globally. It is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards, and to raise the importance of standardisation…

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A large number of community and welfare organisations have today signed an open letter to the Minister for Financial Services, Bill Shorten, in support of draft legislation released by the government to Signatories include CFA members Choice, Consumer Credit Legal Centre, Care Financial Counselling, ACT, Consumer Action Law Centre, the Financial and Consumer Rights Council…

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