Only 130 days until ICPHSO’s International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan on November 14-15, 2017! Having just completed our 2017 North America Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, we are now busy preparing for our next symposium in Tokyo. This will be ICPHSO’s first visit to Japan and Rod Freeman, ICPHSO Board Member and Planning Committee Chairman is busy working with his committee to develop two days of substantive content related to the Symposium theme: “It Started with an Idea: Safety in the Product Life Cycle.” While the deadline for proposals has passed, its not too late for ICPHSO members to participate in the planning for the symposium. If you are interested in assisting in the planning and can participate in two planning conference calls a month, please let me know and we can add your name to the Committee. The proposals are now being reviewed and selections will soon be made and the agenda publicized. Speakers with expertise in the panels selected may be needed, so be sure to check back on our website for additional information. Our registration page is now open and we encourage you to register as well as make your hotel reservations early. ICPHSO’s group rate at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba is around $212 USD (23500 JPY). Make your reservations before October 29, 2017, to assure you are able to receive the ICPHSO group rate. Reservations can be made here.
Sponsorship and Exhibitor information is also now open and we look forward to working with you to assist us with holding our first Symposium in Japan. Through the support of Sponsors and Exhibitors, we are able to keep the registration fee for the two-day workshop at the same rate it has been for the last two International Symposiums. We appreciate sponsorship and exhibitor support and look forward to working with you as we prepare for the Symposium.
ICPHSO is also working on an outside tour event at minimal costs for attendees who may be visiting Tokyo for the first time the day before the Symposium begins (November 13, 2017). We are also planning a November 13, 2017 evening networking reception before the Symposium begins. As we found out in Toronto, this evening reception is a perfect opportunity to catch up with existing colleagues and to meet new ones. Additional information on the tour, the reception and other activities taking place in Tokyo will be posted on the ICPHSO website as it becomes available.
While we are well into planning for the International Symposium, we have also sent out our Call for Presentations for our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, February 20-23, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The Symposium kicks off ICPHSO’s Silver Jubilee Anniversary year and we will be planning a number of special anniversary events during the Symposium. From golf to bowling to 25 year anniversary trivia, we think there will be something of interest for all attendees. Belinda May, ICPHSO’s President Elect and 2018 Symposium Planning Chairman has set the theme for the 2018 Symposium: “Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age: Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future” and we are looking forward to receiving proposals related to the theme. The deadline for submitting your proposal is July 31, 2017, so don’t delay!
As you can see, there’s not much time to rest between our meetings. We are constantly working to bring our members and all symposium attendees the best and most relevant product safety content we can. We value the relationships we have built up over the years with safety and health professionals and will continue to strive to bring together all stakeholders in a neutral forum to learn, network and share critical product safety information that contributes to keeping all consumers safe.
Please feel free to share with me any ideas, comments or suggestions you may have.