Distinguished Lecture: Jeff Hilsgen On Working with China to Improve the Safety of American Imports

Jeff Hilsgen talks to guests of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing about his agency's efforts to improve consumer product safety.

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In January 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) opened its first-ever foreign office in Beijing.   During a lecture to guests of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, CPSC Attaché and Regional Director of Asia-Pacific Jeff Hilsgen provided an overview of the CPSC and its efforts to protect American consumers from unsafe products.  Hilsgen described the far-reaching U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 that has driven a significant reduction in U.S. recalls of children’s products imported into the United States — especially from China, which accounts for almost half of total U.S. imports of consumer products.  He discussed his agency’s generally positive and intensifying relationship with the PRC’s General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), and how China’s manufacturing power and product quality improvements affect manufacturing supply chains throughout Asia.

Jeff Hilsgen joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2010 as the agency’s Attaché in Beijing, with additional responsibility as Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific region.  He works with product safety regulators in China and other Asian nations to ensure the timely exchange of critical regulator-to-regulator information.  He provides guidance and technical support to the private sector (including manufacturers, importers and industry organizations) to improve compliance with U.S. consumer product safety regulations.

A native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Hilsgen is a graduate of St. Cloud State University (International Finance) and the University of South Carolina (International MBA).  He speaks fluent German, fair Spanish and beginner-level Arabic and Mandarin.