ICPHSO-ASTM Age Grading Roundtable Registration Now Open….

Roundtable on Products & the Appeal to Children:  Applications & Consequences

ICPHSO is pleased to again join with ASTM to bring you a free one day workshop on age grading.   Age determination is a critical step in the development of children’s products. But the appeal of a product to children is also important to consider in the development of general use products. This session will explore new research and the CPSC’s updated age-grading guidelines, as well as how those may be informative for general use products, and the consequences of “getting it wrong”.

This free workshop is open to all but you must pre-register with ASTM to attend.  The workshop is being hosted at the Law Offices of Covington & Burling, 850 10th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.  The workshop is being held from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch.  Hotel accommodations have not been arranged so you will need to make your own hotel arrangements.  There are several hotels near the meeting site.  Check the Covington website for details.

This roundtable continues the collaboration between ICPHSO and the ASTM F157100 Liquid Laundry Packets Subcommittee, which have previously sponsored workshops on Voluntary Standards, Information and Education Programs and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

Click Here for the Agenda

Click Here To Register

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2018.

A reminder that ICPHSO’s 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop is being held on June 19, 2018, hosted by Amazon at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle, Washington.  Submit your proposal today for the workshop.

More information can be found HERE.




2018 Northwest Regional Workshop “Call For Presentations” Now Open!

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ICPHSO is now accepting proposals for our 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, June 19, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.   The Regional Training Workshop is hosted by Amazon and will be held at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle.  ICPHSO is excited to bring our Regional Workshop back to Seattle and again work with Board Member DE Fenton, who is the Workshop Planning Committee Chairman.   Here’s the link for the Call for Presentations.  Hotel, Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibitor information is coming soon.  Check the ICPHSO Event Page for updated information.



2018 Annual Symposium Update: Conference Presentations Now Available!

Conference presentations are now available to attendees and members on the ICPHSO website under the Resources link.  Once you enter the Resource link,  go to Conference Presentations.  You must be logged in to access the presentations.  Attendees can access this information until June 1, 2018 and members can access it at any time.  Use the same user name and password to access this information that you used to register or join ICPHSO.  If you can’t remember the user name and password, we may have to reset your file.  We need a couple days to reset user names due to the high volume of inquiries, just email me at mschoem@icphso.org to request a reset and thanks for your patience.   Watch this space for some new information about our upcoming 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop.



Thank You Sponsors and Exhibitors..

Now that the 2018 Annual Symposium is over, it’s always good to take a few moments to recognize our sponsors and exhibitors.  We appreciate the continued support of our sponsors and exhibitors, and we can never thank them enough.  With the kick-off of our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Year, we had some additional expenses that ICPHSO absorbed.  Through  the continued strong backing of our sponsors and exhibitors we were able to maintain the registration fees we have had for the last three years.   While the Board will be looking at future registration rates to ensure we can continue to bring you the high level of content and networking that you have come to expect, I did want to acknowledge and extend our sincere gratitude to those who supported us in Orlando and allowed us to provide another outstanding content filled Symposium with nearly 150 safety and health professionals leading the discussion.  Please take the time to acknowledge these many sponsors and exhibitors.


Diamond:  ♦ ICIX ♦

Platinum Plus:  ♦ The Toy Association ♦

Platinum:  ♦ Cooley ♦ Intertek ♦ LG Electronics  ♦ Samsung ♦ SGS ♦

Gold:  ♦ Amber Road ♦ Asiainspection (AI) ♦ Bracewell ♦ CSA Group ♦ Deloitte ♦ Dentons ♦ Eurofins  ♦ Ferrero ♦ IKEA (U.S. and Canada) ♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ Recall Results ♦ STC ♦ Stericycle ♦ TUV Rheinland ♦ TUV SUD ♦ UL ♦

Angel Gold: ♦ American Fireworks Standards Laboratory (AFSL)  ♦  PYROTECNICO ♦ Free Bananas ♦

Silver: ♦ ASTM International ♦ Bureau Veritas ♦  Exponent ♦  Mintz Levin ♦

Angel Silver: ♦ Crayola (Crayons) ♦ HIT Promotional Products  (25th Mousepad ) ♦ Insight Quality Services (Commemorative 25th Key Chain) ♦ Staples (25th Mousepad) ♦

Friends: ♦ ADK Information Services ♦ Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)  ♦ Crowell Moring ♦ Gradient ♦ The LEGO Group ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦

Scholarships: ♦ Law Offices of David Baker ♦ Callet Law ♦ Gradient ♦ Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) ♦ Belinda May ♦ Law Office of Alan H. Schoem LLC ♦

Conference Bag:  ♦ TUV SUD ♦ Nametag Lanyards: Samsung ♦ Symposium Mobile Phone App:  Cooley  ♦  Luggage Spotter:  ♦ STC ♦ Journal: TUV Rheinland ♦ Padfolio: ♦ Bureau Veritas ♦ Hotel Key Card: ♦ Crowell Moring ♦  Symposium Polling App: ♦ Cooley  ♦ Plenary Session Charging Tables:   ♦ Cooley ♦ ICIX ♦ Intertek ♦  LG Electronics ♦  Mintz Levin   ♦ Quality Certification Alliance  ♦ Samsung ♦ SGS ♦ The Toy Association ♦

25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Sponsors at Splitsville: 

Bar and Beverages: ♦  Stericycle ♦

Coffee and Desert Bar: ♦  ICIX ♦

Bowling Lane Package: ♦ Asiainspection (AI) ♦ Cooley LLC ♦ Exponent ♦

Gift Card Sponsors: Barnes & Noble ♦ Best Buy ♦ Bed Bath and Beyond ♦ Big Lots ♦ Chick-fil-A ♦  Disney ♦ Dick’s Sporting Goods ♦ Hasbro ♦ Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress ♦  Hobby Lobby ♦ Home Depot ♦ Macys ♦ McDonalds ♦ Michaels ♦ Pier 1 ♦ Step 2 ♦ Starbucks

Gift Bag Sponsors: Big Lots ♦ Chick-fil-A ♦ Mattel ♦  NBC Universal ♦ Vista Outdoors

ICPHSO: 25th Anniversary Commemorative Pin ♦ 25th Anniversary Umbrella ♦ 25th Anniversary Visors (for Golf Scramble Participants) ♦


♦ ADK Information Services/Saint Louis University ♦ Asiainspection AI ♦ Amber Road ♦ Applied Technical Services ♦ BRC Global Standards ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services ♦  Case Forensics ♦ ClearTrack ♦  Compliance and Risks ♦ Cooley ♦ CSA Group ♦ Deloitte ♦ ESI ♦ Eurofins ♦  Global Registration Services ♦ Health Canada ♦ Hogan Lovells International ♦ ICIX ♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Contributors ♦ Innercell/Twych Innovation ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦  Intertek ♦ Marketpoint Recall ♦ Met Labs ♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦ Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) ♦ Recall Results ♦ Scivera ♦ SGS ♦ Stericycle ♦ TUV Rheinland ♦  TUV SUD ♦ U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ♦  UL ♦ Unitec Laboratory Services ♦ XOS ♦

We will be celebrating our Silver Jubilee Anniversary all year-long.  If your company or organization isn’t on any of the lists above, you can still become a sponsor and/or an exhibitor at one of our upcoming events (Northwest Regional Product Safety Training workshop at Amazon Meeting Center, Seattle, WA on June 19, 2018 and our 2018 International Symposium in conjunction with the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week, Brussels, Belgium on November 12-13, 2018).  We will soon announce sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for both these meetings.  We will also be collaborating with ASTM on a one day Roundtable on Age Grading  on April 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C. so stay tuned for additional information regarding attendance (which will be free but you will have to register in advance).

Check the ICPHSO website and this blog for future updates.






Only 113 days to Seattle!

Can you believe it?  Here we are only a few days out of our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium and only 113 days to go (June 19, 2018)  until our Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop at Amazon in Seattle, Washington.  Board Members DE Fenton and Renee Chiang are actively working on the Northwest Regional Meeting.  We hope to roll out our theme, call for presentations and hotel information in the next couple of weeks.  At the same time, Board Member Rod Freeman is working with the European Commission (EC) to further develop ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium November 12-13, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.  The EC’s International Product Safety Week takes place November 12-15, 2018.  As details become available, I will report on them.   We are also working again with ASTM to develop a one-day workshop on April 13, 2018 at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. on age label guidelines.  You will want to save the date and not miss this unique one day workshop which will include experts in this area.

2018 Symposium Highlights:

From Tutorials to our Key Note speakers on Block Chain Technology and the CPSC, we think we offered something for everyone last week during the kick-off of our 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Year.   Belinda May, as Symposium Planning Chair and now President,  really put on a  great training meeting. It will certainly be hard to top what we did, although I am confident we certainly will try!  We are working hard to upload all the final presentations and provide an updated final Symposium attendee list as soon as we can.  We had over 825 attendees from 18 countries in attendance and I want to thank each of you for the choice you made to attend our Annual Symposium.  The support you provide allows us to bring you the type of content filled Symposia you have come to expect from us.  Incoming President Matt Howsare is already working on our 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium which will be held Monday, February 25 through Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Marriott Renaissance Downtown, Washington, DC.  We were last at this hotel in 2016 and we are looking forward to our return next year.

I wanted to reference a few highlights from our 2018 Annual Symposium.

Tutorials included, CPSC Compliance Beginners and Refresher course; sessions on the regulation of Drones; Lithium Ion Batteries; Ethics and Product Safety; Leveraging the Reach of Health and Human Service Providers to Enhance Consumer Product Safety and How to Make Retailers Happy among others.

New ICPHSO Executive Committee Officers include:  President:  Belinda May, Dentons LLC; President Elect and 2019 Symposium Planning Chairman: Matt Howsare, Mintz Levin; and Vice President:  Rick Rosati, Bureau Veritas. New ICPHSO Board Members include: Tabatha Bauer, Staples; Andy Church, Insight Quality Services; Don Huber, Consumer Reports; and Matt Smith, ICIX.  Read the Press Release Here

Also,we want to welcome to the Board as Ex-Officio Members, Geoff Barrett, Health Canada and Carol Cave, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We were honored to be able to provide Health Canada, PROFECO and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the opportunity to sign a trilateral memo of understanding at our Symposium which will promote consumer product safety in North America.  We were all  witness to something quite historic as a result. Read the Press Release Here

We also announced that Carol-Pollack Nelson was the recipient of the 2018 Ross Koeser Achievement Award.  The award, named after one of our Founders and First Executive Director annually recognizes a member for their significant contributions to ICPHSO.  Carol indeed exemplifies this through her work as a volunteer, former Board Member and President.  Carol also was the coordinator of our very successful 25th Anniversary Splitsville Bowling event, attended by some 350 of our attendees.  The food, drinks, bowling, games, deserts,  and company was outstanding.   ICPHSO also announced a special service award that was given to long-term member Bruce Farquhar for his continued outstanding in assuring ICPHSO has a global presence especially with international regulators.

And finally, who can forget our 25th anniversary year kick off fireworks event held Tuesday evening after our welcome reception.  Over ten minutes of up close and personal fireworks celebrating ICPHSO and its anniversary.  Our thanks again to John Rogers, Executive Director, AFSL and PYROTECNICO for a show we won’t soon forget.  It was a great way to kick off our anniversary year.

Thanks again to all attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, gift card and gift bag sponsors and a special thanks to Association Manager, Kimber Nation;  Association Administrator, Tara Reddy ; and to Yvette Duron and Emma Celeste for assisting us during the Symposium.  Without the continued support and assistance from Kimber and Tara, this meeting would never have taken place.   I hope to provide more updates on specific sessions in the future as well as update you on upcoming events.  Follow my blog for updates.






ICPHSO 2018 Annual Symposium Is On….


One day to go to the kick off of ICPHSO’S 25th anniversary year and our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.  Over 800 safety and health professionals from 18 countries are descending on Orlando, Florida.  The weather here is sunny and in the 80s and there’s a buzz and excitement as we prepare to usher in our anniversary year.

We have nearly 150 speakers, 65 sponsors and 40 exhibitors who will be ready to share with you the latest product safety information to help us be prepared to address emerging hazards, new trends, and dealing with safety related issues on a daily basis.

ICPHSO is continuing to process registration and memberships that have been submitted over the last few weeks.  We will also accept Symposium registrations at the ICPHSO registration desk during the Symposium.  The registration desk is located on the ballroom level at the bottom of the escalator.  We open Monday at 5:00 pm and will be open each day during the Symposium.  We will be happy to assist you if you haven’t already received your registration confirmation or still want to attend the Symposium.   As space is available, we will also process requests to attend our 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Event at Splitsville in Disney Springs, Wednesday evening.  We will do our best to accommodate as many additional attendees as we can but space is limited.

Be sure to download the Cooley Attendify app to get the most up to date Symposium information.  You first have to download the Attendify app onto your smart phone and then search ICPHSO 2018 Annual Symposium for the actual Cooley – ICPHSO information in the Attendify app.

Please plan to attend our special fireworks event on Tuesday evening promptly at 8:00 pm just after our Welcome reception.  You won’t want to miss how we will be led out to the fireworks viewing area at the rear of the hotel.  Thanks to AFSL and PYROTECNICO for sponsoring this special first time ICPHSO firework celebration!  We can’t wait to see the sky light up as we kick off our anniversary year!Fireworks

Safe travels to all and see you in Orlando!