ICPHSO Updates on NW Lunch, Tokyo, Toronto, Lithium-Ion Batteries and AHAM……

As the summer fast approaches, ICPHSO is busier than ever with a number of activities going on.  I wanted to update you on a few of these activities.

ICPHSO Northwest Luncheon Event

The inaugural ICPHSO Northwest Luncheon was held on April 25, 2017 at the offices of Perkins Coie, in Seattle, Washington.  The luncheon had representatives from 18 Seattle area firms with 38 attendees.  Thanks to all who attended with special thanks to Christian Moller and Brendan Murphy from Perkins Coie for hosting and providing the attendees lunch.  Thanks also to Dr. George Borlase, Executive Assistance Director for Hazard Identification and Reduction, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, who spoke via web stream on CPSC’s updated strategic plan, risk management and emerging hazards focusing particular attention on IoT.  Dr. Borlase also answered questions after his presentation.  During the luncheon, there was discussion about what the attendees would like to hear in future luncheon events.  Attendees were also asked to complete a survey to further comment on this new approach by ICPHSO to reach members and potential members who may not be able to travel to one of our regularly scheduled Symposiums.   The next ICPHSO Northwest event is scheduled for July 27, 2017 and will include a Seattle port tour.  There are space limitations so the number of attendees will be limited and the event will also only be open to ICPHSO members.    Thanks to Dee Fenton, ICPHSO Board Member for coordinating and planning these Northwest events. If you are interested in becoming a member of ICPHSO, check our website for membership information at www.icphos.org.  If you want to sign up for the July 27 Seattle port tour, please send an email request to info@icphso.org.  Space will be filled on a first come first served basis.

2017 International Symposium, Tokyo, Japan – Call For Presentations Posted

We are finalizing hotel conference plans for our November 14-15, 2017, International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan.  The theme of this Symposium is, “It started with an idea:  safety in the product life cycle.”  We are now accepting proposals for presentations at the International Symposium.  Let your voice be heard within ICPHSO and consider proposing a presentation for use in Tokyo.  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, workshop or panels.  Regulators from North America, Asia and Europe are also being invited to attend and participate.  See initial information about the International Symposium here.  Registration, hotel, and sponsorship information will be posted in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for updated information.

2017 North America Regional Product Safety Training WorkshopToronto, Canada

A preliminary agenda, hotel, registration, sponsorship and exhibitor information is now available for this June 28, 2017, one-day training workshop.  All registered attendees are also invited to an evening networking reception the evening before the workshop begins on June 27, 2017, at the conference hotel (Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel). You don’t want to miss this regional training workshop which includes presentations from Health Canada and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission representatives. Keynote presentations are being given by CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle, a high level Health Canada official and a senior executive from Canadian Tire Corporation.  Act now to take advantage of reduced ICPHSO hotel rates and reduced parking for those not flying in for the workshop.  More information can be found on our website.

Safety Training for Designers and Manufacturers -Lithium-Ion Batteries in Consumer ProductsMay 16, 2017 – Shenzhen, China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff, in cooperation with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), UL Standards and the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA), is conducting a training seminar for lithium-ion battery manufacturers, product developers and designers in Shenzhen, China.  The seminar will focus on the safety of lithium-ion batteries and will include panels of industry and government experts to answer questions and offer their perspectives. Also participating in the seminar will be representatives from CPSC.  The one-day, free international seminar on May 16, 2017 is from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an.  Registration is required and additional information can be obtained by contacting Ms. Liu Xiangning at liuxiangning@ccpit.org or Mr. Steve Williams at sawilliams@cpsc.gov.  More information can be found here.

AHAM Chairman’s Partnership Award

Finally, I want to extend my deep appreciation and gratitude to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers who recognized me at their recently held Annual Manufacturers meeting in Washington, D.C. with their Chairman’s Partnership Award.  Special thanks to AHAM President Joe McGuire and AHAM Chairman Melanie Cook for this award which recognizes significant contributions to the Association by non-member organizations, companies and individuals. The recognition of my contributions as ICPHSO Executive Director and during my tenure at the CPSC is appreciated.


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