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Burma: Consumer Protection Law Adopted

(Mar. 21, 2014) On March 14, 2014, Burma’s Union Parliament passed a Law on Consumer Protection, the country’s first law comprehensively addressing this topic. President Thein Sein has signed the legislation. The law is divided into 12 chapters. It has provisions on the rights and responsibilities of both manufacturers and consumers. It establishes a Committee […]

China: Consumer Protection Law Revamped for First Time in 20 Years

(Jan. 29, 2014) On October 25, 2013, the Fifth Session of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the first amendment to the Consumers’ Rights and Interests Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (hereinafter the Consumer Protection Law) since its 1993 promulgation. (Decision to Amend the Consumers’ Rights and […]

Indonesia: Regulation on Financial Services Adopted

(Aug. 22, 2013) Muliaman D. Hadad, the head of Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan, or OJK), announced at a press conference on July 30, 2013, that the country’s first regulation to protect financial services consumers has been issued. The new rules cover banks, insurance companies, and providers of investment services. The regulation was […]

Israel: Class Action Approved Against Distributors of Food Supplement

(Jan. 5, 2012) On December 12, 2011, Israel's Supreme Court rejected a request to permit an appeal of a decision by the Tel Aviv-Yafo district court to approve the filing of a class action against the distributors of a food supplement. The class action focused on the misleading advertisement of the food supplement, which claimed […]

European Union: Evaluation of Legislation on GMOs

(Nov. 16, 2011) On October 28, 2011, the European Commission released the findings of two independent evaluations of the European Union's general legal framework on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs are defined under EU law as those plants or animals that have acquired a new property after artificial modification of their genetic features. Food and […]

European Union: New Toy Safety Rules Enter into Force

(July 28, 2011) On July 20, 2011, Directive 2009/48/EC on the Safety of Toys, which repeals Directive 88/368/EEC on toy safety rules, entered into force in the European Union. (Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 June 2009 on the Safety of Toys, OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (L […]

Australia: New National Consumer Law Comes into Force

(Jan. 6, 2011) On January 1, 2011, the Australian Consumer Law, which is incorporated in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (previously called the Trade Practices Act 1974), came into effect. This Law “brings together a number of national, state and territory consumer protection laws to ensure consistency in the rights of consumers regardless of […]

European Union: New Labeling Rules and EU Organic Logo Adopted

(July 9, 2010) July 1, 2010, marked the entrance into force of new rules adopted by the European Union on organic food labeling, along with the mandatory display of a new organic logo, the “Euro-leaf.” The new logo, which displays the stars derived from the EU flag in the shape of a leaf against a […]

Japan: Catalog/Online Shopping and Door-to-Door Sales Regulation Enhanced

(Nov. 27, 2009) The 2008 amendment of Japan's Act on Specified Commercial Transactions (Act No. 57 of 1976, as amended by Act No. 74 of 2008) will be fully effective on December 1, 2009. The Consumer Affairs Agency is publicizing the amendment. Among other changes, adopted in regard to such matters as e-mail advertisement and […]

European Union: Introduction of Stricter Requirements for Nursery Products

(Oct. 23, 2009) On October 21, 2009, the European Commission took measures to ensure that the youngest consumers across the European Union (EU) enjoy safe nursery products, including sleeping bags, crib mattresses, and duvets. The proposed new rules are designed to eliminate the risk of death or injury due to loose parts, entrapment from bad […]