The preparatory stage of developing the INRAPEX Scheme was successfully concluded with the completion the second workshop to develop an INRAPEX Scheme (Indonesia Rapid Alert System for non-food products) on October 21-22. The follow-up workshop aimed to extract information and ideas from the participants and identify obstacles that need to be addressed for the subsequent development and implementation of INRAPEX.

The INRAPEX scheme is an IT system with an organisational structure and procedures that will enable the Indonesian market surveillance bodies to communicate about unsafe products, particularly products that pose a serious risk to the consumers.

The workshop, organised by the Directorate of Standardization and Quality Control under the Directorate General of Consumer Protection and Trade Compliance, Ministry of Trade, with support from ARISE+ Indonesia, followed last month's seminar discussing the European Union's RAPEX system (today known under the name EU Safety Gate System) for a benchmark of INRAPEX development.

Delivering the opening remarks, the Director-General of Consumer Protection and Trade Compliance, Mr Veri Anggriono Sutiarto, addressed the importance of the development of INRAPEX that could improve product competitiveness and consumer protection.  

"This is in line with our commitment to improving the monitoring effectiveness through innovation of national integrated monitoring system," Mr Sutiarto said.

Around 80 Civil Servant Investigators (PPNS) for Industry and Trade and Officers of Goods and Distribution Surveillance (PPBJ) from Provincial Trade and Industry Offices across Indonesia virtually convened for the follow-up workshop. During the breakout sessions, the participants were divided into three working groups to identify and discuss procedures and system functionalities needed to develop the INRAPEX.

Torben Rahbek, ARISE+ Indonesia's expert on product safety and market surveillance, provided the proposed INRAPEX model inspired by the EU's successful RAPEX system as the base for discussion.

Several issues were identified during the group discussion that needed to be addressed for the success of INRAPEX development, including capacity and competency of the inspectorates, budget for implementing market surveillance, coordination between central and provincial governments, and infrastructures.

The participants also discussed and drew up recommendations for addressing the identified challenges, including a legal basis for the INRAPEX implementation, risk assessment mechanism, capacity building courses, establishing a coordination mechanism, and developing Standard Operational Procedures (SOP).

These recommendations will be consolidated in a final report and delivered to the stakeholders.

ARISE+ Indonesia will also facilitate the follow-up activities, including developing the INRAPEX website commencing early next year, facilitating training courses for the INRAPEX team, and SOP development in 2022.

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