In addition to our three annual training conferences, (our International Symposium is being held in Tokyo, Japan on November 14-15, 2017) ICPHSO has collaborated with ASTM International on two previous occasions to offer ICPHSO members and non-members one-day workshops covering Information and Education Programs and the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Poison Prevention Packaging Act. These workshops came about because of voluntary standards work involving liquid laundry packets, which included regulators, industry members, consumers, and others working together to develop a voluntary standard to address safety concerns. I am pleased to report that the Committee that developed these workshops has announced another one-day workshop on the development of voluntary safety standards for consumer products.
The workshop will be on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the offices of Covington and Burling, LLP, 850 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. There is no cost to attend but advance registration will be required.
This one-day workshop will help participants better understand the potential benefits, drawbacks, and limitations of voluntary safety standards, the process for developing a consensus-based standard, some key considerations associated with standard development, and how regulators and government representatives perceive the utility and role of voluntary safety standards. The workshop’s panels will feature representatives from various manufacturers, retailers, law firms, standards organizations, global regulatory agencies, and consumer advocacy organizations who will present the full range of views.
While there is no cost to attend, advance registration will be required. Breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided and the conference is being sponsored by ICPHSO, ASTM International, Procter & Gamble and Covington and Burling, LLP. Details on registration will soon be available on-line at ASTM International and ICPHSO.
In addition, ICPHSO has arranged to provide Workshop attendees with an opportunity to tour the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Product Testing Evaluation Center in Rockville, Maryland. This is where CPSC conducts all testing and scientific work on various consumers products within its authority. The lab tour will take place on October 11, 2017 from 9:00 am 12:00 noon, at the Lab’s Rockville, Maryland location. There are a very limited number of spaces available for the tour, and while you don’t have to be an ICPHSO member to participate, members will receive priority placement. If you are interested in participating in this three-hour tour the day after the standards workshop, complete the questionnaire. Free parking is available at the lab. Additional details on the tour will be posted as they become available. Advance registration is required for all participants.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced two training events in China in September. These two training events are being organized by CPSC, the European Commission and AmCham of South China. The first is Laboratory Testing of Children’s Products at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Guangzhou, China on September 11, 2017. More information and registration is available at: Lab Testing of Children’s Products.
The second training event is being held on September 12, 2017 at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Gangzhou, China and covers “Design for Safety: Preventing Mechanical Hazards for Designers and Manufacturers.” Assisting CPSC at this training event will be testing and conformity assessment professionals associated with the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA). Registration and additional information is available at: Design for Safety Training Event.
On September 21, 2017, at 11:00 am (pt), ICPHSO’s third Northwest Lunch Event is scheduled and will bring ICPHSO members from the Seattle and Portland areas together through video-link to discuss how they navigate competing state requirements. The event is being hosted by Perkins Coie in their Seattle and Portland offices. State regulators will discuss the Washington State Children’s Safe Products Act and the Oregon State Toxic-Free Kids Act, how those programs have been implemented, new reporting obligations starting January 2018 for entities introducing and distributing children’s product in and to these jurisdictions, applicable exemptions, and best practices to be shared to meet the new requirements. ICPHSO members who wish to attend this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Perkins Coie.
I hope many of you will be able to take advantage of these training opportunities. We will continue to identify training of interest to the product safety community. Feel free to let me know of other training opportunities that become available, and if you are interested in collaborating with ICPHSO on a future event, I would love to hear from you.