The support ICPHSO receives from all segments of the product safety community contributes to the success we have had over the last 24 years in bringing together safety and health professionals from the broad spectrum of the safety community. Among these safety and health professionals we include regulators whose significant contributions at our three yearly conferences provide the opportunities for stakeholders to hear directly from and interact with global regulators.
During my previous life as a regulator, it became very clear to me how important it was for regulators to be able to attend ICPHSO conferences and talk and interact with the regulated industry in a non-adversarial manner. Of course, my dealings with industry when I was at CPSC were always non-adversarial, but in that environment there was always some lingering doubts about everyone’s intentions. Participation in ICPHSO broke down those walls and allowed the CPSC staff the opportunity to talk with industry in a neutral forum in a more casual and relaxed manner. A mutual trust could be developed especially when there wasn’t a “pending case” to discuss. Of course, over the years a lot of business was conducted during ICPHSO, which I think worked out to everyone’s benefit.
It was with this in mind, that ICPHSO realized early on the collaboration it established with product safety regulators was a key aspect of our mission to bring everyone together.
CPSC and more recently Health Canada have been important members of the ICPHSO Board of Directors providing advice and guidance to the ICPHSO Executive Committee and Board on regulatory issues affecting our membership.
I am pleased to announce two new appointments as Ex-Officio members of the ICPHSO Board of Directors from Health Canada and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Geoff is currently the Acting Director General of the Consumer Product Safety Directorate (CPSD) of Health Canada. In this role, Geoff is responsible for the assessment, management, and communication of health and safety risks for all consumer products and cosmetics in Canada. As Director of CPSD’s Risk Management Bureau, Geoff is also responsible for the development and implementation of risk management approaches for Health Canada.
Carol has been the Deputy Director for the Office of Compliance and Field Operations since October 2015. In this senior leadership position, Carol oversees and coordinates all Compliance and Enforcement activities for the Commission. These activities include working with Commission staff, other federal agencies and industry on the identification of consumer product defects, negotiation of voluntary recalls and efforts to reduce the risk of injury from consumer products through safe design.
ICPHSO is very appreciative to both Health Canada and the CPSC for allowing Geoff and Carol to participate at ICPHSO and represent these key regulators with our membership. I encourage everyone to get to know both Carol and Geoff and visit with them at a future Symposium.
2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium Update
I am also happy to announce that our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium scheduled for February 20-23, 2018 in Orlando, Florida is proceeding at a rapid pace. Registration, Hotel, Sponsorship, Exhibitor, and Scholarship information can be found on our website. We also just posted the preliminary schedule for the Annual Symposium and, as you will see, we have a full schedule beginning with a CPSC Lunch and Learn Tutorial on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:30 am and ending with Roundtable discussions on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The roundtable discussions start at lunch on Friday with leaders from product safety and other fields brainstorming both process and new products to further safety. After lunch, we will further the discussion on new technology to assist industry and consumers to identify recalled products and improve the effectiveness of recalls; and then conclude the Symposium with a roundtable discussion about the practical use of data mining including new technology, in an effort to identify emerging hazards and trends before they can do harm.
As you can see, we have filled the Symposium to the core, from beginning to end with important safety information that every safety and health professional will need to assist them in their jobs. We hope you will be a part of the conversation and make your plans to participate during the entire Symposium. You won’t be sorry!
Check back on our website frequently for updates on the agenda as we will post new information as it becomes available.
Regards and for those traveling with us to Tokyo – safe travels,