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If you’re trying to understand electric and hybrid vehicles, what’s under the bonnet can be a bit of a mystery including the maintenance and servicing requirements, read more here. The revised draft standard AS 5732 Electrical vehicle operations – Maintenance and repair provides requirements and guidance on the safe and appropriate handling procedures for those within the mechanical…

Read More How do you service an Electric Car? – draft open for public comment

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Driving while under the influence of alcohol affects perception, vision, concentration, reaction time and causes drowsiness – all of which increase the chances of having an accident. Consequences of drink driving include severe penalties, trauma, and death. Breath alcohol testing devices for personal use should be able to perform in a manner that allows the user to make…

Read More Breath alcohol electronic testing devices for personal use – draft open for public comment

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The latest edition of the Queensland Consumers Association’s (QCA) newsletter Unit Pricing Global Update reports that: India will require display of the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) per standardised unit of measure (i.e. the unit price) on pre-packaged commodities sold by retailers after 31 March 2022. Currently only the MRP has to be displayed. In New…

Read More Mandatory grocery unit pricing coming to India and New Zealand

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CFA has made a submission to the consultation the on how the Australian Government can regulate organic products domestically. The consultation document examines the policy problem under consideration, as well as potential regulatory and non-regulatory options for reform. In its submission CFA states: Australian consumers should be protected from misleading and misrepresentation in relation to produce and…

Read More CFA publishes submission to Domestic Organics Regulatory Impact Statement

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More and more everyday objects are connecting to the internet and while these “smart” devices offer benefits to consumers, they come with cyber risks when not developed and maintained with security in mind and often lack the security capabilities of traditional computer products. There is growing concern about the rising threats stemming from insecure consumer IoT devices.…

Read More Can my watch, TV or other Internet of Things device be a cyber risk?

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In a world designed by men, men’s participation in standardisation is twice as high as women’s. Many standards for products and services do not adequately address how women and men may be affected differently, and yet women influence between 64%-85% of all buying decisions globally. The use of standards and technical regulations are powerful tools to attain UN Sustainable Development…

Read More Why do we need more women on standards committees? (International Women’s Day 8 March)

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A conversation with CFA Standards Representative Paul Loney about his participation in standards development, what his work looks like today and what keeps him excited to represent consumers. How long have you worked in standards development and can you tell me about some changes you’ve seen in that time? I’ve been representing consumers in standards…

Read More An interview with Paul Loney: representing consumer interests in standards development for 18 years

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Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world, yet when it comes to road safety, there is no national standard on the design, testing (including crash testing) or manufacture of car restraints to keep our pets and vehicle occupants safe. Dogs are the most popular animal companions (40%), followed by cats (27%). According to…

Read More Seat belts for pets?

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A new mandatory safety standard for portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers, published today, will improve existing performance and identification requirements, to reduce the risk of a fire extinguisher not operating correctly during a fire. This is a media release from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). It was originally published on 20th December, 2021. The new standard, issued…

Read More New safety standard for portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers

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International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December, the theme for 2021 is Volunteer now for our common future. Consumers Federation of Australia (CFA) thanks and acknowledges the CFA representatives for their valuable contribution to the standards development committees as part of the CFA Standards Project. The CFA…

Read More International Volunteer Day – 5 December 2021

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The Treasury has released the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS): Supporting business through improvements to mandatory standards regulation under the Australian Consumer Law. The CRIS considers options to improve the regulatory framework for mandatory standards under the Australian Consumer Law with a focus on minimising compliance costs for business while maintaining consumer protections. Treasury is seeking feedback on…

Read More Supporting business through improvements to mandatory standards regulation under Australia Consumer Law – Feedback invited