Viet Nam safety index improves: Report

The seminar aims to help Vietnamese enterprises grasp the US market’s regulations and various kinds of necessary certifications for imported product standards. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is a US, non-profit, privately-owned and operated product safety testing and certification organization. UL develops standards and test procedures for products, materials, components, assemblies, tools and equipment, chiefly dealing with product safety. Currently, UL provides product certifications for more than 75,000 businesses from different countries and has access to most markets around the world. Addressing the seminar, Director of Conformity Assessment Services Nagendra Bangagin said product certification is the most interesting issue concerning products imported to the US market. Thus, imported products are required to meet all market standards, particularly in terms of poisonous and risky elements. The seminar was attended by leaders, product designers and export-import staff who want to learn more about standards for products imported to the US market and different types of necessary certifications.... [read more]

Local testing can be recognized by international markets By Phi Tuan - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The testing in laboratories by Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3, or Quatest 3, can be recognized by the U.S. and other markets, said U.S.-based Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) in a workshop held in HCMC on Tuesday. JC Sekar, managing director (ASEAN) of UL, said the organization was working with Quatest 3 to ensure the latter can do testing locally for Vietnamese manufacturers and UL can use Quatest 3 facilities for testing with certifications recognized by the U.S. Sekar said that in a country with over 75% of its GDP from exporting goods and services, most enterprises in Vietnam lacked international regulations and UL wanted to help local enterprises adapt to international standards. Sekar told the Daily at the workshop that UL wanted to support regulators and agencies to identify standards for product conformity and that the organization could work with manufacturers to help them comply with various standards. He added that UL would work with local education institutions to build the competency of engineering to develop the products to meet these standards. “I think this is a huge opportunity for Vietnamese manufacturers to follow the international standards, and thereby their products can be sold in global markets.”... [read more]

Think tanks unite for world class furniture testing and emissions laboratory Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Quality Assurance and Testing Centre 3 (QUATEST3) announced the signing of an Alliance Agreement to develop a furniture and chemical emissions testing laboratory in Vietnam. The goal of the agreement is to construct a world-class product testing facility and garner expertise in regulations that will enable Vietnamese furniture manufacturers to expand to global markets. "The Vietnamese furniture market is poised for tremendous global growth and QUATEST3 is an ideal partner for UL to erect a local laboratory," said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager at UL Environment. "Together, we can provide local testing to award certifications and conform to regulations, and act as an active bridge between global retailers and local Vietnamese suppliers." Under the leadership and management of QUATEST3, who brings extensive knowledge of the Vietnamese furniture market and a skilled workforce to the deal, the facility will feature UL's world-class furniture testing equipment to demonstrate quality, durability, and strength. The lab, which is slated to open in early 2017, will also feature environmental chambers to test hazardous chemical emissions from furniture, building materials, electronics, and formulated products. According to Lam Hoang, director of QUATEST3, the new facility will give local manufacturers an advantage with convenient access to advanced testing facilities, and enable them to gain global competitiveness. It will give manufacturers local access to testing in two critical areas: furniture durability and performance, which is critically important to demonstrate that products are…... [read more]

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Quality Assurance and Testing Centre 3 (QUATEST3) announced the signing of an Alliance Agreement to develop a furniture and chemical emissions testing laboratory in Vietnam. “The Vietnamese furniture market is poised for tremendous global growth and QUATEST3 is an ideal partner for UL to erect a local laboratory,” said Alberto Uggetti, vice president and general manager at UL Environment. “Together, we can provide local testing to award certifications and conform to regulations, and act as an active bridge between global retailers and local Vietnamese suppliers.” Under the leadership and management of QUATEST3, who brings extensive knowledge of the Vietnamese furniture market and a skilled workforce to the deal, the facility will feature UL’s world-class furniture testing equipment to demonstrate quality, durability, and strength. The lab, which is slated to open in early 2017, will also feature environmental chambers to test hazardous chemical emissions from furniture, building materials, electronics, and formulated products. According to Lam Hoang, director of QUATEST3, the new facility will give local manufacturers an advantage with convenient access to advanced testing facilities, and enable them to gain global competitiveness. It will give manufacturers local access to testing in two critical areas: furniture durability and performance, which is critically important to demonstrate that products are of a high quality and meet the needs of the global furniture retail market. The second aspect is chemical emissions testing, which will help manufacturers meet increasingly stringent regulations on chemical exposure from products. UL is a leading authority on…... [read more]

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) - With a world-class furniture and chemical emissions testing laboratory expected to open in the country early next year, furniture manufacturers will be able to save money and expand into global markets. An agreement to set it up was signed on October 17 between the Ministry of Science and Technology's Quality Assurance and Testing Centre 3 (QUATEST 3) and the US - based Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science organisation. The lab will have UL's world-class furniture-testing equipment to test hazardous chemical emissions from furniture, building materials, electronics and formulated products. "The new facility will give local manufacturers an advantage with convenient access to expert testing service, enabling them to achieve competitiveness in the global market," QUATEST 3 director Hong Lâm said. Việt Nam was the fourth largest wood furniture exporter last year with revenues of US$6.9 billion, and its exports are expected to grow in the years ahead. Meanwhile, QUATEST 3 opened an office and testing building in Cát Lái Industrial Park in HCM City's District 2, and UL has set up a consumer and retail services testing laboratory in the building. The $3 million laboratory expands the region's capacity to test toys, textiles, footwear, accessories and jewellery for compliance with a variety of safety and performance-related requirements. - VNS... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) - Experts are gathering in Ha Noi for a three-day conference on using international law enforcement to control intellectual property crime. Organised by Viet Nam's Ministry of Public Security, the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) and the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the event encouraged participants to share their experiences in combating IP crime. Speaking at the opening ceremony on Tuesday, Deputy Public Security Minister Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong said trans-national IP crime not only harmed enterprises, but could also directly affect consumers' health and human rights. He said the prevention of IP crime required close and effective co-operation between law enforcement agencies as well as the pro-active involvement of businesses and customers-not just at the national level, but at the regional and global level too. In Viet Nam, the issue of IP protection goes back to the country's 1946 Constitution, which mentions copyright protection. The Law on Intellectual Property, adopted by the National Assembly in 2005 and put into effect in 2006, does much to extend legal protections to cover modern IP issues. During the last few years, the country had joined and signed several international treaties on copyright and other IP rights, the Deputy Minister noted. Head of the ministry's Department of Anti-Crime, Police Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh, said Vietnamese police would work closely with Interpol as well as domestic and foreign partners to fight international IP crime. Deputy Minister Vuong met Singapore's Deputy Secretary of Home Affairs, and former President of Interpol. Khoo…... [read more]

The 2014 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference is taking place in Hanoi from September 23-25 to seek closer cooperation in the field. Organised by the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam, the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol), and the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the three-day event provides an opportunity for participants to share their experiences in combatting IP crime, thus contributing to global peace, stability and development. Speaking at the opening ceremony on September 23, Deputy Minister Senior Lieutenant General Le Quy Vuong explained that trans-national IP crime not only harms enterprises but also can directly impact on consumers' health and rights. Therefore, the prevention of IP crime required close and effective cooperation between law enforcement agencies as well as the proactive involvement of businesses and customers, not just at the national level, but at the regional and global level, he said. In Vietnam, the idea of IP protection, mainly copyrights, was featured in the country's first Constitution in 1946. The National Assembly adopted the Law on Intellectual Property in 2005, which came into force on July 1, 2006. Over the past few years, the country has joined and signed a number of international treaties on copyrights and other IP rights, the official noted. Head of the ministry's Department of Anti-Crime Police Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh confirmed that the Vietnamese police would closely work with Interpol and domestic and foreign partners to fight international IP crime. Deputy Minister Le Quy Vuong met with former President of Interpol…... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong speaks at the opening ceremony of the conference (photo: cand.com.vn) Nhan Dan - The 8th International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference opened in Hanoi on September 23 with the participation of about 500 law enforcement officials and security and industry experts from 80 countries around the world. The conference, co-hosted by the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security and the international police agency Interpol, in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), will run until September 25. The three-day conference entitled 'Global Partnerships To Turn Back Crime' will include plenary sessions, group discussions, roundtable discussions and specialised IP crime sessions focused on enhancing partnerships for more effective enforcement strategies against trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting. The conference also spotlights Interpol's Turn Back Crime global campaign in a bid to raise awareness on how fake goods endanger the health and safety of consumers, and the links between trafficking in illicit goods and other criminal activities. Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh, General Director of the Vietnam Police General Department on Crime Prevention and Suppression said that as co-host of this year's International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference, the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security is pleased to underline its commitment to working in collaboration with Interpol and its partners against the criminals involved in intellectual property crime and other forms of criminality. Khoo Boon Hui, Senior Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore, and Chair of Interpol's Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Steering Group,…... [read more]

LG provides simple, intuitive smart TV user experience with enhanced magic remote and expanded search and share capabilities LG Electronics (LG) will unveil its new CINEMA 3D Smart TV lineup at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The 2013 lineup offers easier content access and sharing along with an updated Magic Remote for a simplified, intuitive user experience (UX). A variety of models and sizes will be on display at CES, including LG's awe-inspiring 84-inch Ultra HD and 55-inch OLED TVs. Smart Control: Simple and Intuitive LG offers the very definition of Smart Control with its enhanced Smart Home and Magic Remote. The new Smart Home onscreen interface featuring My Interest Cards - a special folders for apps and other content -provides easy, quick access to what's trending on news sites as well as up-to-the-minute weather information. My Interest Cards can be customized according to the needs and preferences of the user. TheMagic Remote has been redesigned to fine-tune content and menu navigation, making interaction as simple and intuitive as possible. The device still incorporates the fundamental control capabilities of earlier Magic Remotes - point, wheel, gesture and voice recognition. At CES, LG will demonstrate Voice Mate, an enhanced version of the company's voice control technology capable of recognizing the natural flow of language.The Voice Mate feature offers a new voice search option that simultaneously filters search results from all corners of the LG Smart TV platform - VoD services, search engines, external devices and more. LG's…... [read more]

Firefighters will spend the next two weeks setting homes ablaze on a small island in New York Harbor for one purpose: Saving lives. Photo: Reuters Eighteen abandoned townhouses on New York City's Governor's Island, formerly housing for members of the Coast Guard, have been turned into a setting for roaring fires in experiments aimed to develop new strategies firefighters can use to save lives. In one on Tuesday, a match was lit near newspaper in the basement of a fully-furnished home. Within five minutes thick black smoke began to billow from the rear door; before ten minutes had passed, dark red flames licked around the basement windows. Firefighters gradually broke open the windows to change air flow, seeing how the flames reacted to different ventilation. Under real-life circumstances, air is added as soon as possible from immediately opening roofs, windows and doors. "They are bringing the lab out to the firefighters," said Dan Madryzkowsky, a fire protection engineer from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which conducted the tests with the FDNY and Underwriters Laboratories, a non-profit group. The idea behind this and other experiments taking place on Governor's Island is to find flaws in fire-fighting techniques that, in many cases, haven't changed in decades. At the same time, modern households have undergone dramatic shifts, with organic materials, such as cotton and feathers, largely replaced by more affordable synthetic materials introduced in the 1970s. With the change came a disturbing trend, said Fire Department deputy assistant chief Robert Maynes.…... [read more]




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