Checklist For Product Risk

Here are a few items a company may be called upon to defend when a product's safety is at issue

• Documentation of design choices/safer alternative designs

• Ability of internal research and development to withstand scrutiny

• Steps taken to ensure supply chain integrity

• Reliability of component part manufacturers

• Manufacturing quality controls on a global basis

• Foreseeable misuse of the product

• Product warranties/indemnities

• Marketing and distribution procedures

• Ability to track and recall a product

• Is there proposed or pending federal or state legislation which could impact the company?

• Risk of counterfeit products/tampering

• Internal document management, including e-mails

• What strategic communications/crisis managements systems are in place?

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