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 Saferproducts.gov; 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:     https://icphso2017annualmeetingandtraini.sched.com/



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