October 29, 2021

How design authority leads to product safety liability

In this episode...

Sofeast's CEO Renaud Anjoran is joined by two guests, Clive Greenwood and Andrew Wilson of WWMG associates to discuss the topic of liability for product safety issues. There's commonly a disconnect between Chinese manufacturers and their foreign customers over who is liable for any problems, such as consumer injury, caused by the products that they worked on. It depends on a number of things, such as who has the design authority and who issues the design specifications, etc.

If you are importing products you really need to have a handle on liability, as the consequences could be extremely costly and uncomfortable.

The panel aim to get to the bottom of it here...


Show Sections

00:00 - Introduction. 

01:26 - When an American company, for example, works with a Chinese manufacturer to develop a new product, what do they expect the manufacturer to tell them? 

05:00 - Product liability laws in the US & EU. 

07:53 - How 'design authority' can be used to attribute liability.  

12:09 - Post-DFMEA liability. 

15:43 - Why letting your Chinese manufacturer 'help' develop a product could be a big mistake. 

21:13 - Compliance for medical devices/products. 

24:01 - Action items for companies who're designing a general consumer product to be manufactured in China. 

31:58 - Product safety. What do we need to consider? 

38:29 - Conclusion. 

40:49 - Wrapping up.


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