Thanks For Your Continued Support…

Thanks to all attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who participated in ICPHSO’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida.  More than 650 attendees participated in the Symposium.  Keynote presentations featured, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Acting Chairman, Ann Marie Buerkle; Florian Beerli, Sr. Vice President, Recalls, Chubb Insurance; Dr. Takashi Tatsumi, President, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) in Japan; and John Godfrey, Sr. Vice President, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America, LLC.  There were more than 100 expert speakers on numerous plenary, breakout and tutorial panels over the four days of the Symposium.  The Symposium theme: “Evaluating & Managing Risk in Product Safety” was present throughout the Symposium. We are still interested in hearing from you on your evaluation of the Symposium and will keep the evaluation link open until March 27, 2017 in order to give you some additional time to provide that feedback.  You can access the evaluation at: 2017 Symposium Evaluation.

We are accepting proposals for presentations for the upcoming 2017 North America Regional Product Safety Training Workshop being held on June 28, 2017, in Toronto, Canada at: Call For Presentations.  Registration, hotel reservations (at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel), sponsorship and exhibitor information has also been posted on our website at: 2017 North America Regional Product Safety Training Workshop.

Our Toronto planning committee will be reviewing all proposals over the next couple of weeks and deciding on the content for this important one-day training workshop.  If you are a member of ICPHSO, we invite you to participate on this committee as well as others within ICPHSO so you can help shape our future. The Regional Workshop will include many different product safety community members from all segments of the community including North American regulators.  If you haven’t already submitted a proposal, I urge you to do so before the March 24, 2017 deadline.

I look forward to seeing you in Toronto!


ICPHSO 2017 North America Regional Product Safety Training Workshop – Call For Presentations – Proposals Now Being Accepted

2017 ICPHSO Call for Presentations

International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO)
2017 Toronto Regional Product Safety Training Workshop
“To Compliance and Beyond: Cooperation for Safety”
“Vers la conformité et au-delà: coopération pour la sécurité”
June 28, 2017
Airport Marriott Hotel
Toronto, Canada

ICPHSO is now accepting proposals for presentations at its 2017 Toronto Regional Product Safety Training Workshop. Presentations must be non-commercial in nature and pertain to topics of interest to the global consumer product safety community. The proposals can be for general plenary sessions, workshops, tutorials, roundtables, panels, or keynote.

Suggestions for Presentation Proposals

• Workshop proposals should address key current issues and pertain to the overall theme of Evaluating and Managing Risks in Product Safety. Proposed topics that are novel or explore prior topics in new ways are preferable (see list of topics below). Proposals based on unique issues (e.g., single product hazards) should make an effort to advise how findings apply to other products to appeal to attendees who are not involved with that specific product.

• Tutorial proposals should specify the topics to be covered and the expertise of the instructor(s).

• Panels should draw on the widest possible pool of subject matter experts. Where possible, panels are advised to include: (a) representation from different stakeholder groups; (b) speakers with geographical diversity; and (c) speakers with a fresh perspective. There shouldn’t be more than one panelist from any one organization or business including the moderator.

• Panels must build audience participation into their format & time allowances. Session formats that engage the audience, encourage their participation, and encourage interaction between panelists are preferred by the audience and will be given strongest consideration.

• A maximum of three presenters is strongly advised; exceptions will be made for regulatory or other panels requiring input from more than three stakeholders. Panels must include varying points of view from multiple stakeholder groups and panelists that are geographically diverse including regulatory bodies and consumer advocacy groups.

• Speakers and moderators may normally only participate in one session during the conference. (Exceptions are made for underrepresented stakeholder groups; e.g., consumers, government, NGOs, researchers). If you are invited to speak on more than one accepted panel, you must call this to the attention of the moderators for both sessions. The moderators will decide on which panel you will speak.

The theme of the one-day program is ” To Compliance and Beyond: Cooperation for Safety.” We are specifically seeking proposals and suggestions to address topics based on this general theme:
• Retailer Executive panel – Cooperation for Safety
• Manufacturers and retailers’ perspective, especially including small and medium-sized manufacturers and how they can incorporate scalable product safety policy and process into their procedures
• Legal – Comparative review of consumer product reporting requirements Health Canada, CPSC
• New and emerging safety issues that stem from the development and commercialization of new technologies, from the convergence and integration of technologies, and from products and technologies that are integrated into networks or products or larger systems, among others.
• Tutorials – The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act 101 for beginners and intermediate practitioners

Proposal Selection Process

An initial round of weighting presentations will be performed by the Toronto Regional Product Safety Training Workshop Planning Committee and the ICPHSO Board of Directors. Final selections will be made by the Executive Committee of the ICPHSO Board. Please note that submission of a proposal is not a guarantee of being on a panel or serving as a moderator; proposals that are similar in theme and content may result in a decision to combine proposals to optimize value to the ICPHSO community. Moderator and presenter suggestions are strongly considered, but moderators and presenters will be chosen at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Proposals taking into consideration the guidelines listed above should be submitted on the proposal form at the end of this message to


Deadline for Submissions – March 24, 2017

Selection and Communication to Submitters – mid April

Final Selection and Communication to Submitters – April 28, 2017

Identification and Selection of Panel Moderators and Participants by May 12, 2017

Further Questions?

Eli Szamosi, Regional Meeting Program Chairman –

Marc Schoem, Executive Director –

Continue to next page for proposal submission form.


ICPHSO Call for Presentations Submission Form

Please complete the form below and submit via email to on or before March 24, 2017.

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New Officers Announced

Washington, D.C. March 2, 2017 –- The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) announced at its 2017 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium held in Orlando, Florida, the selection of several distinguished product health and safety professionals to its Executive Committee. The ICPHSO Executive Committee consists of officers of the Board, who conduct business of the organization between meetings of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors determine basic policies, sets goals and objectives, elects officers, and approves the budget in accordance with the bylaws of the organization.

The Executive Committee is as follows for 2017-2018:

  • President:  Rick Brenner, President Product Safety Advisors
  • President Elect and 2018 Symposium Planning Chair:  Belinda May, Partner, Dentons US LLP, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
  • Vice President:  Matt Howsare, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo PC, Washington, D.C.
  • Treasurer: Mike Dwyer, President. Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
  • Immediate Past President:  Nancy A. Cowles, Executive Director, Kids In Danger
  • Secretary: Marc J. Schoem, Executive Director, ICPHSO


ICPHSO 2017 Ross Koeser Achievement Award Presented to David Schmeltzer

Orlando, Florida, February 22, 2017 –- The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) announced today at its Annual Meeting and Training Symposium being held in Orlando, Florida, that founding ICPHSO Member and current Board Member, David Schmeltzer is the 2017 Ross Koeser Achievement Award recipient.

The award, given annually recognizes an ICPHSO member for their significant contributions to the organization. The award was created after the 2015 retirement of ICPHSO founding member and first Executive Director, Ross Koeser. The award was presented to David Schmeltzer by last year’s recipient, Joan Lawrence, Senior Vice President, Standards and Regulatory Affairs, Toy Industry Association (TIA), at the opening plenary session of CPSC day, which featured presentations by Acting CPSC Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and CPSC staff.

David Schmeltzer has spent almost his entire legal and consulting career as part of the safety world. He became an Assistant Chief Counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) when it became a federal agency under the Department of Transportation in 1967. He spent seven years at NHTSA helping write the initial Federal Auto Safety Standards and then worked on enforcing the laws and regulations of NHTSA.
Shortly after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) started as an independent government agency in 1972 he joined the Commission as Deputy General Counsel interpreting the fledgling’s agency’s laws and regulations.
In 1977 he succeeded three prior Directors of Compliance each of whose tenure was approximately one year. Dave remarkably served in the Commission’s key leadership role as Director of Compliance for twenty years under seven different Chairman. In this role, he supervised the enforcement of all the Commission’s regulations, monitored investigations of potentially dangerous defective products, negotiated voluntary corrective actions to address substantial hazards, reviewed the adequacy of voluntary and mandatory consumer recalls and assessed civil penalties for violations of the Commission’s laws and regulations.

David Schmeltzer has worked with ICPHSO since its founding in 1993. In addition to his own practice as a product safety consultant in the Washington, D.C. area, he is a Senior Advisor to Stericycle, is involved with Innercell, an innovative company introducing unique methods of enhancing the safety of consumer products and is Of Counsel to the law firm Phillips Nizer in New York City.

ICPHSO 2017 Symposium – Day 1

Monday, February 20, 2017 —-ICPHSO’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium started today with lunch and just after we went into breakout sessions.   Very quickly we realized our best predictions at the number of people attending far exceeded our room capacity.  We added some seats and removed some air walls so that most could sit down and listen to the opening breakout panel sessions.  Thanks for your patience!  As many of the attendees noticed, our printed agendas don’t always contain the latest room information.  For that reason, we encourage all attendees to down load the Sched App, which is the conference scheduler ICPHSO uses for its Annual Meeting.  The schedule on the ICPHSO website contains the same information as what’s on the Sched app and is the most up to date for rooms and schedule content – here’s the agenda;  2017 Symposium Schedule.   Be sure to visit the many exhibitors that are in the Portico/Pre-Function Area of the Hotel – just outside the Grand Cypress ballroom.  Thanks again to all attendees, sponsors and exhibitors!  More to come…

ICPHSO 2017 Symposium News Release


International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization holds 24th Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida — Featuring Key Note Address by CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle, Samsung Electronics America, Chubb Insurance and the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) Japan

Orlando, FL. February 13, 2017 –- Product safety takes center stage at this year’s International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s (ICPHSO) Annual Meeting and Training Symposium being held in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2017.

ICPHSO was founded in 1993 and is the only organization that is comprised of product health and safety professionals from around the world.  ICPHSO’s annual Symposium provides an opportunity for nearly 700 of these safety professionals to come together to hear timely and relevant information from nearly 120 speakers pertaining to the safety of consumer products world-wide. The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Evaluating and Managing Risk in Product Safety” and the sessions being presented all address product safety risk and how to reduce it.  Here’s the Symposium line up of speakers and panel sessions:

  • Keynote Luncheon Address by Florian Beerli, Senior Vice President, Product Recalls, Westchester, a Chubb Company (Tuesday);
  • Keynote Welcome Remarks by newly elected U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Acting Chairman, Ann Marie Buerkle (Wednesday);
  • Luncheon Keynote Panel featuring CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle, CPSC Commissioner Marietta Robinson, moderated by Eric Rubel, Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer;
  • Keynote Welcome Remarks by Dr. Takashi Tatsumi, President of the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) in Japan;
  • Keynote Welcome Remarks by John M. Godfrey, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.;

Panel discussions during the week include:

  • Tutorials (Monday) on Consumer Risk Perception & Decision Making; Pre-& Post Market Risk Assessment Approaches; and Fundamentals of Supply Chain Risk;
  • Panel Discussions (Monday) include Managing Product Safety Risk in the Supply Chain; A review of Civil Penalties in The Wake of Gree, Spectrum Brands and Zen Magnet; Managing Speed to Market in an Ever-changing Regulatory Landscape; Hazards Associated with Counterfeit Goods; Raising Risk to the Highest Levels; and Discussion of Policy Views of Consumer Misuse of Products by CPSC Commissioners Joseph P. Mohorovic and Robert Adler;
  • Plenary Sessions (Tuesday) include a Product Safety Shark Tank; Innovations in Products; Tolerable Product Risk; and the Impact of a New Administration on the CPSC;
  • Panel Discussion (Tuesday) include discussion of the Revised ASTM F-963 Toy Standard; How to Navigate the Imperfect Supply Chain; and Exploring the Gaps and Solutions for Better Chemical Management in Consumer Products;
  • Presentations by Consumer Product Safety Commission staff (Wednesday) include a Guide to; Mandatory Requirement and Risk Assessment; An interactive presentation on the Mandatory Toy Standard focused on Small Businesses; and Risk Evaluation from a Compliance Defects Perspective;
  • International Sessions (Wednesday) featuring regulators from CPSC, Health Canada, Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, New Zealand and Suriname Ministry of Trade and Industry; among some 15 different countries represented at the Symposium;
  • Panel Discussions (Wednesday) include Practical Steps to Identify and Manage Risk; Managing Product Safety in China; Evaluating and Mitigating Risk Associated with Lithium Ion Batteries; Regulators Promotion of Fair and Consistent Product Safety Practices Around the Globe; Non-Manufacturer Responsibilities for Reducing Risk; and Managing Risk with Differing State Requirements;
  • Plenary Sessions (Thursday – Final Day) include Leveraging Compliance and Risk Management to Support Revenue Generation and Strategic Initiatives; and discussion of Non-Government Organizations and Industry and whether they have the same objectives in product safety;
  • An ASTM Roundtable discussion on the Poison Prevention Packaging Act closes Thursday afternoon with expert discussion of an Overview of the PPPA; its History and Effectiveness; the Design and Testing of Special Packaging; and CPSC enforcement of the PPPA requirements.

When:       Monday, February 20 – Thursday, February 23, 2017

When:        Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd. Orlando,  32836

Meeting Agenda:



Orlando Here We Come…

Less than two weeks to go!  I am excited to see the year of planning finally come to fruition.  The ICPHSO 2017 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium is shaping up to be one of the best.

Imagine the planning and the execution that goes into running an event this size. With nearly 700 registered attendees, there has to be ample hotel rooms, meeting space, and food and beverage to keep everyone well nourished and up for the week’s intense schedule.  We have nearly 120 speakers from many different backgrounds in product safety, ready to impart their knowledge to you.  But it’s not a way one street.  We always encourage active attendee participation so when you need more information, don’t hesitate to ask.  We have lined up four keynote speakers and you won’t want to miss any of them.  Keynote speakers include a Senior Vice President from Westchester, a Chubb Company, a leader in providing recall insurance to companies as well as part two of the panel discussion that debuted in Washington, D.C., between newly elected U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Vice Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and  Commissioner Marietta Robinson, again moderated by Eric Rubel.  We will also hear from the President of the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) from Japan as well as a Senior Vice President from Samsung Electronics America, who will share relevant information pertaining to identifying risk and managing it once identified.

We have 37 exhibitors that will be at the Symposium with a wide array of resources to assist in our common goal of product safety. Over 50 sponsors make it all possible to meet and have the dialogue we have planned for the week. Through our Scholarship Sponsor Program and the generosity of seven Scholarship contributors, 14 stakeholders will be able to participate during the symposium that might not have been able to without such assistance.  The voices these small businesses, first time attendees, students, academia, health professionals, global regulators and others share with us during the Symposium will benefit us all.  Please be sure to send a special thanks to our seven Scholarship Sponsors.

We have an exciting program ready to roll out on Monday, February 20, 2017, with lunch at noon.  You don’t want to miss it.  Registration on line ends February 8, 2017 so we can finalize everything before we get to Orlando. The good news is if you can find your way to Orlando and find a room to stay, we will still register attendees on site at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel.  Bring your completed registration form with you.

We continue to add speakers and update the agenda, so check back on line for the latest Symposium information.  If you check the Schedule out on your smartphone, the event mobile app by Sched should  download (with your permission) the weeks schedule directly onto your phone.  This is a convenient and easy way to be kept up to date on the latest schedule of events taking place during the Symposium.

See you in Orlando!