It’s been a busy year for ICPHSO! We successfully completed our 2016 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in February 2016 in Washington, D.C., with nearly 800 attendees. The Annual Meeting was followed by our 2016 Southeast Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, hosted by The Home Depot in Atlanta, GA in June 2016, with over 150 attendees. We are finalizing our plans for our Brussels International Symposium November 14-15, 2016 in conjunction with the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week with more than 225 attendees registered. Clearly, ICPHSO is the one global organization where product safety professionals can come together to learn, network and share information.
We also held our first co-sponsored event with ASTM International on October 13, 2016, which came about because of work being done by ASTM involving a voluntary standard for liquid laundry packets. ASTM and ICPHSO co-sponsored the first Information and Education Workshop held in Washington, D.C., where we heard from industry, consumer advocates, government regulators and tech companies on their development and use of information and education campaigns to supplement product changes. We heard about best practices and the nearly 100 participants received practical advice on the planning and implementation of information and education programs. Members can access the presentations through the ICPHSO website under resources. We hope to do more of these types of events in the future.
The continued support you provide ICPHSO through your membership, attendance at our symposiums, sponsorships and exhibits are truly appreciated and helps us put together and offer the latest information on product safety issues, emerging hazards and other useful information that helps us all do a better job. We are well underway in planning our 2017 events including our Annual Meeting and Training Symposium February 20-23, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando, Florida; the Northeast Regional Product Safety Training Workshop in June, 2017 in Toronto, Canada in cooperation with Health Canada and our International Symposium to be held early November, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. I encourage all of you to check out our website frequently for updates on these events as well as product safety news as it breaks.
A special thank you to all our Scholarship Program Sponsors who make it possible for representatives from consumer organizations, academia and global regulators to participate. The Scholarship Program assures that we have robust conversations, hear from all stakeholders and strengthen product safety. I encourage you to consider sponsoring this vital program in the future. We are developing new ideas for building the program and would love to hear your thoughts.
I encourage your ideas, suggestions and any comments you have for ICPHSO as we continue to build a stronger network of product safety stakeholders.