Dear Safety Professional,
As we head into the fall in North America, it’s often time to reflect on where we have been. During the past year, ICPHSO kicked off its 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Year with our Annual Symposium in Orlando, Florida. From there, we moved west to Seattle where we held our Northwest Regional Training Workshop hosted by Amazon. Next up is our International Symposium in less than 60 days! It’s been a busy year indeed. In between, we also collaborated with ASTM International on a one day workshop in Washington, D.C. on Age Grading. In Brussels we are again collaborating with the European Commission during its International Product Safety Week. ICPHSO kicks off the week with our Symposium on November 12-13, 2018, and we are excited with the topics of discussion that are starting to be posted on our website. We anticipate a broad range of safety professionals who will be speaking on a number of different subjects of keen interest to the global product safety community. We also anticipate a large number of European regulators to join with regulators from North America, South America, Asia and Australia at this important safety conference.
ICPHSO’s 25th anniversary also happens to coincide with the 60th anniversary of The Smurfs, which was created by a Belgian cartoonist in 1928. It’s only fitting that we celebrate our milestone together in Brussels in 2018, since ICPHSO exists to bring together the product safety community in a neutral setting where all safety professionals can learn, train and network with each other. Our goals mirror the Smurfs which are all about friendship, tolerance, solidarity and respect of others and nature. As ICPHSO focuses on our Inclusion Initiative which will be discussed in more detail in Brussels during our closing session on the first day, we look forward to being more inclusive and diverse in the future. Like the Smurfs, we transcend borders and welcome all. A special thanks to Joan Lawrence at The Toy Association and Jakks Pacific for providing us a limited number of Smurf toys for ICPHSO attendees in recognition of our joint anniversary year. I hope to see you in Brussels and be sure to check back on our website for updated information on the Symposium agenda. New content is being posted daily. We also still have many sponsorship opportunities available so be sure to contact me if interested in pursuing any of these opportunities.