The Federal Trade Commission announced the agenda for its November 29 forum exploring the use of enforceable industry codes of conduct to protect consumers in cross-border commerce. The forum will examine how government entities, businesses, consumer groups, and other organizations can develop and administer voluntary procedures that govern areas falling outside of traditional government oversight. These systems are becoming increasingly important with the expansion of global commerce.
The forum will open with introductory remarks by FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez, followed by a panel discussion on the rise of cross-border codes of conduct and a speech by former FTC Chairman William E. Kovacic on the antitrust implications of such codes. The forum also will feature panel discussions on two code-based systems, including one created earlier this year to give consumers in the Asia-Pacific region more consistent privacy protections when their information moves between countries with different privacy rules. The subsequent panel will address how recent U.S. legislation on toy and food safety has incorporated elements of code-based systems, including third-party standards and independent conformity assessment. The final panel will focus on best practices and metrics used to measure and compare code-based systems.
The FTC is presenting this forum in conjunction with the 2012 Biennial Meeting of the American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group. Parties may submit relevant academic articles, papers, codes of conduct, studies, and related materials and request that they be posted on the FTC’s event web page by sending an email to the FTC’s Office of International Affairs.
The FTC forum is free and open to the public, and pre-registration is not required. It will be held at the FTC’s satellite conference center at 601 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Please arrive at the FTC 30 minutes before the event, and bring a valid government issued photo ID. The security processing will include a metal detector and X-ray screening of all hand carried items.
Enforceable Codes of Conduct: Protecting Consumers Across Borders
Commissioner Edith Ramirez
Federal Trade Commission
The Rise of Cross-Border Codes of Conduct
Moderator: Stacy Feuer, Assistant Director for International Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
Antitrust Implications of Cross-Border Codes
William E. Kovacic, Professor, George Washington University Law School; Former Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
APECs Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNE)
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Toy Safety and Food Safety
Best Practices and Metrics
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