28 Days To Go!

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ICPHSO’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium is less than a month away and the agenda is packed with plenary and breakout sessions, as well as networking breaks, that every safety professional should find useful.  We are fortunate again to be able to hear from leadership and staff from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who will highlight their activities on Thursday morning as well as participating in  various sessions throughout the week.  Our Thursday keynote luncheon speaker will the Acting CPSC Chairman, Robert (Bob) Adler, who has been a long time speaker and supporter of ICPHSO.  Acting Chairman Adler was instrumental in assisting us with our first strategic plan in the earliest days of ICPHSO, and attendees are fortunate to be able to hear from him in his role as Acting Chairman.

We are also happy to announce that we have moved the Safety Jeopardy game from a breakout session to our keynote luncheon presentation on Wednesday.  The game will be moderated by former ICPHSO Board Member and President, John Kupsch, and will include three teams vying for top ICPHSO prizes. The move to lunch will now give  all attendees an opportunity to play along as well.  This should be a fun light activity during our Wednesday lunch, while at the same time checking everyone’s safety knowledge.

Other sessions throughout the week include a number of breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon with additional time allocated to each session to be able to have our panels of experts discuss the relevant topics in detail, while still allowing time for attendee questions through our meeting app.

We are also pleased to present a plenary session discussing product safety through a parent’s eyes, which will feature a number of parent advocates who will offer their unique perspectives on product safety, after losing a loved one to a product incident.  This is a perspective we don’t always get to hear and we appreciate the speakers taking the time to participate.

Other sessions include discussions involving voluntary standards; a look at smart products and what consumers expectations are; the consumers role in product safety; a look at company responsibilities as it relates to safety testing and analysis; a discussion of safety messaging to consumers; what to expect when you meet with Commission staff and how marketing strategies can enhance a retailers product compliance program.  These and many other sessions are listed on our website under the 2020 Annual Symposium AGENDA.  Updates are made daily.  You can also check out our line up of SPEAKERS, SPONSORS and EXHIBITORS  who will be at the Symposium.  We appreciate the support of attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.

Registration is still open and we’ve added an additional nearby hotel with available rooms at a special ICPHSO rate.  Don’t wait to book your room, since the rooms are going fast.   Be sure to also check out the Job Matching program which has become a mainstay of our Annual Symposium.  As you can see, it’s going to be a busy week.

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando,

Regards,

Marc J. Schoem

ICPHSO 2020 Annual Symposium Sponsors and Exhibitors

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ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us  in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, February 18-21, 2020 for our 2020 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium. The support our sponsors, exhibitors provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors.  We still have sponsorship’s and exhibit space available.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦

Platinum: ♦ Intertek ♦ SGS ♦

Gold: ♦ AmazonBracewell PRGBureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc. ♦ Cooley LLP ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦ QIMA ♦ Recall Results ♦ TUV Rheinland UL ♦

Silver: ♦ Arnold & Porter ♦ Crowell Moring ♦ Ferrero.♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ STC

Pioneer Scholarship Supporter: ♦ Mintz

Scholarship: ♦ Law Offices of David H. Baker LLC ♦ Cleartrack Information Service Hasbro Hobby Lobby Insight Quality Services ♦  David & Johnna Kosnoff   Belinda May/Captain Ralph J. Spitz Modern Testing Services (MTS)   Law Office of Alan H. Schoem LLC Society of Product Safety Professionals (SPSP)

EXHIBITORS

♦ ADK Information Services ♦  Amazon  ♦ Applied Safety & Ergonomics ♦
♦ Applied Technical Services (ATS) ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc. ♦
♦ Cleartrack Information Services ♦  Compliance & Risks ♦ Cooley LLC ♦ ESI ♦
♦ Hohenstein ♦ ICIX ♦  ICPHSO Scholarship Sponsors ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ ICW ♦
♦ Intertek ♦ Intrinsik ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦ Modern Testing Services (MTS) ♦
♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ QIMA ♦ Recall Results ♦ SGS ♦ STC ♦
♦ TUV Rheinland ♦  Unitec ♦ UL ♦ XOS ♦

Click Here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Register today to attend the Annual Symposium. Agenda Information Here

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Regards,

Marc

2019 ICPHSO International Symposium Summary

(Editor Update:  A comprehensive and complete summary for the two day International Symposium can now be found on the ICPHSO website under the Latest News Link.)

#ICPHSO19 International Symposium, Dublin, Ireland two day summary now posted on the ICPHSO website under Latest News.  Thank you Cooley LLP for providing ICPHSO attendees and members this comprehensive summary.

The ICPHSO 2019 International Symposium held at Trinity College on October 24-25, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland was attended by nearly 200 health and safety professionals from around the globe.  The theme, ” Shaping the Future in Times of International Change” was a key part of many of the sessions presented during the Symposium.   The two days offered attendees significant product safety training, education, best practices and networking opportunities.

Thanks to Rod Freeman, International Symposium Planning Chair and the team from Cooley LLP,  ICPHSO attendees and members will be provided a comprehensive summary of the two day symposium.  Below are some highlights from the summary detailing keynote speaker presentations.  Watch this blog and ICPHSO’s social media platforms for the Cooley LLP summary on the rest of two day conference.

Patrick Kenny, Member Responsible for Product Safety, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), Ireland:

Patrick Kenny oversees criminal enforcement, consumer enforcement and is responsible for product safety.  Reviews are underway of the CCPC procedures for monitoring compliance for product safety as products continue to be manufactured and distributed in new ways. The regulatory authority in Ireland has a role in protecting the internal market in Europe. For the market to function correctly, consumers must be able to trust that the product they are purchasing are inherently safe.  CCPC is also aware of the extra cost that could be applied to products as a result of additional burdens placed on manufacturers.  CCPC is looking to become more proactive through on-site inspections and will assist in the development of new EU regulations in 2021 to address new concerns. Steps are being taken to develop an approach to detecting non-compliance early, prior to distribution of products and to have a workable market place surveillance through an increased presence of CCPC at retail and wholesale.  CCPC will also continue to work with industry on  how to be compliant.

Dermott Jewell, ANEC President

Consumers are  generally engaging with the producers marketers. When products are described in glowing terms, but doesn’t really disclose much, consumers have a role to play in checking the products by looking at the ingredients, reading reviews, etc.  Consumer understand mistakes happen and these need to be resolved.  The biggest concern is when they have to bring something back or when consumers have to engage with a representative of the organization.  There are non-compliant products on the market. Market surveillance is needed to protect consumers.  Focus should be placed on the right culture within an organization: one that favors safety.  Organizations need to focus on safety from the beginning.

Liz Hyman, CEO XR Association

XRA is an industry body supporting responsible development and thoughtful advancement of XR.  XR is an umbrella term and people may be familiar with VR, but not AR and mixed reality.    XR history can be traced back to the 1960s and is a global term to cover these and new or not yet designed technologies. . XR is no longer just for gaming.  In the future, XR will be key in training and education (especially for high risk jobs such as chemists, pilots and medical professionals  including surgical), business and consumer functions.  For instance a major retailer purchased tens of thousands of goggles to train staff, e.g. in customer relations, etc. In the future, there will continue to be slow but steady growth in XR. A starter guide for developers — XR-Primer 1.0 was released and will continue to be updated for best practices, etc.  A study regarding building a stronger culture for safety in emerging technologies has been carried out and the hope is that it could be released at the next ICPHSO conference.

Pinuccia Continto, Head of Unit, Product Safety and Rapid Alert System, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Start of the new Commission is scheduled for December 1, 2019.  Expect a new dynamic and new priorities; but also the continuation of certain priorities.  Need to avoid the slightest injury, not just serious ones.  When avoided, its often a silent victory. Cooperation across a range of actors is required.  Imagine a triangle: economic operators/regulatory bodies/consumers at the corners of the triangle.  Consumers are additionally at its core.  In the EU, making sure product safety is pervasive is a joint priority (shared between Member States and the Commission). Notification in one country will go to the Commission who send it to all countries.  This is how the internal market works.  There are six main priorities currently in the EU Commission: 1) coordinated activities for the safety of products; 2) development of legislation on AI; 3) increasing recall effectiveness; 4) product safety pledge; 5) product safety award, inspired by METI in Japan; and 6) international cooperation. Turn silent victories into loud victories – loud victories get more resources and also helps make the world a safer place.

Kevin Nolan, President and CEO GE Appliances, a Haier company

When you see smart technology in homes, the majority of the product is outside the home (in terms of software, etc) and the consumer doesn’t see the whole product.  These kinds of product are changing what innovation means, and how we think about innovation. Companies that don’t innovate are guaranteed to fail.  Two types of companies:  technological optimists and technological pessimists: Optimists believe technology can solve everything, including climate change.  Pessimists believe technology may wipe out life on earth. Four key points as appliances get smarter: 1) safety has to be a priority; 2) technology should be used to discover and fix vulnerabilities; 3) it should not be possible to patent safety; and 4) consumers use products in manners you may not have designed them for, so you need to consider all uses when evaluating safety and making improvements.  Optimism kills, Pessimism paralyzes, Realism is clarity.

Thanks again to the staff from Cooley LLP for providing the detailed summary of keynote presentations.  Look for the remaining summaries covering the actual plenary and breakout sessions in the days ahead.

Regards,

Marc

Thank You ICPHSO International Symposium Sponsors and Exhibitors!

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Thanks to all of ICPHSO’s 2019 International Symposium sponsors and exhibitors.  We appreciate your continued support and encourage all attendees to visit with you in Dublin and recognize the support each of you provide to ICPHSO.   For a listing of all sponsors please see the link below.

SPONSORS

Emerald: ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦

Guinness Tour and Reception: ♦ ICIX ♦ GE Appliances, a Haier company/Potomac Law Group ♦

Platinum: ♦ Cooley LLP ♦ Hogan Lovells LLP ♦ Oculus ♦

Gold: ♦ TUV SUD ♦

Friends: ♦  Dentons US LLP ♦  Electrical Safety First ♦ Exponent ♦ The Toy Association ♦

Scholarship: ♦ Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz ♦ BRCGS ♦ H & M ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ Mintz  ♦The Toy Association ♦ Whirlpool ♦ Wood MacMillan Charitable Fund ♦

Meeting App: ♦ Cooley LLP 
Conference Bag: ♦ 
TUV SUD ♦
Lanyard: ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦
Pre Workshop Reception:  ♦ 
Mason Hayes & Curran ♦

EXHIBITORS

♦ api:SgT
♦ BILT
♦ Compliance & Risks
♦ Cooley LLP
♦ Hogan Lovells LLP
♦ ICW
♦ Marketpoint Recall
♦ Mason Hayes & Curran
♦ Oculus
♦ TUV SUD

Register today .and join product safety professionals from around the globe.  Agenda Information Here.

Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin!

Regards,

Marc

 

 

ICPHSO International Symposium: October 24-25, 2019, Dublin, Ireland, Sponsor Update – Registration Still Available!

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With less than a month to go until we hold our 2019 International Symposium at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland on October 24-25, 2019, our agenda is packed with critical and much needed product safety information that every product safety professional can use.

Hear from our distinguished  keynote speakers, including the newly elected President of ANEC, the CEO and President of  GE Appliances, and  the CEO of the XR Association.  The agenda also features a return of the Global Regulator Panel who will update our attendees on the latest developments in product safety worldwide.

The conference includes a pre-symposium welcome reception sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran as well as a Reception and Tour at the Guinness Storehouse, sponsored by ICIX and GE Appliances/Potomac Law Group.  Both of these networking events are included in the price of registration as are all conference materials.

ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, for the 2019 International Symposium on October 24-25, 2019.   We still have sponsorship’s and exhibit space available.

SPONSORS

Emerald: ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦

Guinness Tour and Reception: ♦ ICIX ♦ GE Appliances/Potomac Law Group ♦

Platinum: ♦ Cooley LLP ♦ Hogan Lovells LLP ♦ Oculus ♦

Gold: ♦ TUV SUD ♦

Friends: ♦  Dentons US LLP ♦  The Toy Association ♦

Scholarship: ♦ Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ The Toy Association ♦ Wood MacMillan Charitable Fund ♦

Meeting App: ♦ Cooley LLP 
Conference Bag: ♦
TUV SUD ♦
Lanyard: ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦
Pre Workshop Reception:  ♦
Mason Hayes & Curran ♦

EXHIBITORS

♦ api:SgT
♦ Compliance & Risks
♦ Cooley LLP
♦ Hogan Lovells LLP
♦ ICW
♦ Marketpoint Recall
♦ Mason Hayes & Curran
♦ Oculus
♦ TUV SUD

Register today .and join product safety professionals from around the globe.  Agenda Information Here.

Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin!

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO/CPSC Commissioner Peter Feldman Meeting and Other Updates

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The ICPHSO Executive Committee, as is its custom, met with CPSC Commissioner Peter Feldman on August 21, 2019, for an orientation session. Of course, the Commissioner already knew about ICPHSO, having participated in previous conferences while he was Majority Staff Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and also joining us at our 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C on a plenary panel discussing evolving approaches for innovation and technology with three representatives from other federal agencies.

Our meeting with the Commissioner also provided us another opportunity to talk about the long-time collaboration between CPSC and ICPHSO, where our attendees are able to hear from and talk to global regulators through training, education and networking. We also were able to discuss our Inclusion Initiative, which we had not yet been able to discuss with him during our 2018 Commissioner visits because he hadn’t yet been confirmed as a Commissioner, notwithstanding the Commissioner’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We were able to report on ICPHSO’s recent efforts to further ensure “diversity and inclusion”  are more than words when it comes to our organization and that we put into practice what we post on our website and in notices to members through inclusive and diverse participation at our conferences.

We also discussed our latest efforts to bring in additional consumer representatives as a complement to our Inclusion initiative. We reported that we had made great progress in reaching out to more than 40 individuals and organizations. We discussed that we were not only inviting them to our conferences, but also asking them to consider submitting a proposal for a session during our 2020 Annual Symposium so that all voices in the product safety community continue to be well represented at our conferences.

Product safety has no boundaries and is non-partisan from the human perspective. Our stakeholders and conference participants broadly reflect the product safety community from this human perspective, and we continue to reach out to all stakeholders to be a part of the product safety conversation. Commissioner Feldman fully supports our inclusion and diversity efforts and reiterated his long-time support for such efforts in all organizations.

 Conference Updates

As a reminder you still have time to submit a Proposal for consideration for our 2020 Annual Symposium in Orlando, Florida – February 18-21, 2020.  The deadline for submissions is September 9, 2019.

We also recently announced a Call for Speakers and encouraged interested product safety professionals to give us their contact information so in the event we need speakers at future conferences, we have a resource list to provide to the planning committees.  The Call for Speakers is a great way for people who haven’t previously spoken at an ICPHSO conference to let our planning committee know of the expertise you may have in product safety and hopefully is another way we can reach people who haven’t previously been featured at ICPHSO.

Finally, we are still on track for our 2019 International Symposium in Dublin, Ireland, October 24-25, 2019.  Registration is open, sponsorships are available, and the agenda is almost finalized and should be posted on our website shortly.

We look forward to continuing to talk with you about product safety in the months to come. For updated information on these and other events, check our website frequently.

Regards,

Marc J. Schoem

Summer With ICPHSO

ICPHSOCompanyBanner2019Dear Safety Professional,

Historically August is a slow month where you are able to take some time off and recharge your batteries for the fall and winter season.  For ICPHSO, August is one of the busiest months of the year.  We are a little over two months away from our International Symposium @Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (October 24-25, 2019) and about six months away from our 2020 Annual Training Meeting and Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida (February 18-21, 2020).  Here’s an update on these two upcoming conferences as well as some other things going on in the world of ICPHSO.

2019 International Symposium – October 24-25, 2019:

Symposium Planning Chair, Rod Freeman and his committee are now reviewing more than 20 proposal submissions that will fill the two days of the International Symposium.  An agenda will be posted soon. We have announced the initial key note speakers that will provide presentations from the consumer and industry perspectives.  Additional keynote speakers will be announced representing other stakeholder groups within our organization. Registration is now open as well as Sponsorship opportunities.  Sponsorships help defray the cost of our registration and as a result we can keep the rate significantly lower. Thanks to all of our sponsors who are committed to providing all stakeholders training and networking opportunities.   ICPHSO Sponsorship Manager, Dana Groves would be happy to discuss available opportunities with you.  This is ICPHSO’s first conference in Ireland and we are looking forward to being at Trinity College.  Our registration fees are minimal and members receive a discount.   Register today to be a part of ICPHSO’s first training opportunity in Dublin.

2020 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium – February 18-21, 2020:

Symposium Planning Chair and President Elect, Rick Rosati is busy at work planning for our 2020 return to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.  A Call for Proposals will be going out shortly and we are looking forward to receiving your proposals for our Annual Symposium.  We generally receive more than 50 proposals for our Annual Symposium and the content proposed always includes emerging issues and relevant topics to the product safety community.  I encourage you all to submit a proposal especially on new or emerging issues that may not have been presented previously.  Updated information will be posted on line here.

CPSC Consumer Product Safety Training for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals – September 17-18, 2019:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a free training seminar in September in Guangzhou, China.  Partnering with the European Commission, CPSC will be offering this two day free training so government representatives can share important product requirements and standards as well as industry representatives sharing their insights and experiences on product safety.  Registration information can be found here.  The deadline to register is September 5, 2019.

ICPHSO Membership:

As you can see, August continues to be a busy month for ICPHSO.  If you aren’t a member of ICPHSO, I encourage you to look at becoming a member and taking advantage of the benefits membership provides.  Additional details can be found here.

I hope you are able to take some time off during the month and take a few minutes to check out our upcoming conferences and be a part of the product safety conversation.  With your support and participation, we will continue to bring you the topics for discussion that product safety and health professionals require.  Please feel free to contact us at info@icphso.org with comments or suggestions.

Have a safe and restful August,

Marc