Not so funny…

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Spam email! Everybody seems to get them and unfortunately they have became something we seem to experience every day.  ICPHSO has been the target of a number of spam emails to our members and attendees of many of our conferences.  We track the source and send cease and desist letters when we can identify the entity sending the email and pursue other courses of action to limit the unauthorized use of our name and conference related information.

Notwithstanding, these efforts,  late last week, my email address – mschoem@icphso.org apparently was pirated and used to send to a number of contacts in my address book an urgent message stating that the recipient  was sent an encrypted message Via One Drive.  It then asks the recipient to click on a link for a preview/download.   DON’T CLICK ON IT PLEASE!   

I didn’t send this email and thankfully only a very limited number of my contacts seemed to have gotten the email.  In fact if there was any good to come out of a really frustrating and difficult situation, I heard from some former colleagues and even some friends I hadn’t heard from in a while.  But I wouldn’t suggest this as a way to keep in contact with people.   Hopefully others who may have received the email had sufficient filters to send the spam mail right to deletion with your other junk mail.  As you can imagine, the use of my ICPHSO email account has caused all kinds of issues, especially coming just a few days before the October 19, 2018 deadline for registration for Brussels.  I’ve created a new email for myself so if you have recently sent me an email, I am not ignoring you, but chances are I didn’t receive it.  I am working with IT staff in an effort to recover lost email sent to my email box and to ensure we have sufficient protections and have taken adequate steps to safeguard our email accounts.

I can now be reached at this new email address: marc.schoem@icphso.org .  If nothing else, now everyone will be reminded how to spell my first name!

And one last reminder, we still have room for you in Brussels during our International Symposium on November 12-13, 2018, but time is running out.  The deadline to register is this Friday, October 19, 2018.  We can’t extend the deadline nor can we accept any on-site registrations so if you intend to join us in Brussels, please register before Friday.  If you need to talk to us about your registration feel free to contact me or send an inquiry to info@icphso.org.   Information on registering can be found here.   I hope to see you in Brussels.  The program Rod Freeman and his team from Cooley have put together will be packed with useful information that every health and safety professional can use.

Regards,

MarC

33 Days To Go!

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Time is running out to register for the 2018 ICPHSO International Symposium!  The deadline for on-line registration is October 19, 2018.  There won’t be any late registrations or on site registrations in Brussels due to security requirements.  With over 20 countries represented by product safety professionals and nearly 40 subject matter experts speaking, you can’t afford to miss this training and networking opportunity.  Check out the ICPHSO website for updated Symposium Highlights and the latest agenda information. 

Register today and be a part of the product safety conversation!

Regards.

Marc

 

 

Support ICPHSO Sponsors/Exhibitors

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ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us in Brussels at our 2018 International Symposium on November 12-13, 2018.  The support they provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦ ICW

Platinum: ♦ Cooley (UK) LLP ♦ STC

Gold: ♦ TUV SUD

Silver: ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ Exponent ♦ The Toy Association

Friends: ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦ Electrical Safety First (UK)

Scholarship: ♦ ADK Information Services LLC/Saint Louis University Supply Chain Center ♦ Belinda May/Ralph Spitz

Angel: ♦ Jakks Pacific ♦ Free Bananas ♦ Insight Quality Services

Conference Bag: ♦ TUV SUD

Nametag Lanyards: ♦ European Commission

Meeting App and Voting App: ♦ Cooley (UK) LLP

EXHIBITORS

♦ Compliance and Risks

♦ Cooley (UK) LLP

♦ Hogan Lovells International LLP

♦ ICIX

♦ ICW

♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Contributors

♦ Marketpoint Recall

♦ STC

Click here for sponsor and exhibitor information

Registration deadline to attend the International Symposium is 10/19/18.  There will be no late or on-site registrations due to security requirements.  Please register before 10/19/18 to be included in the global safety discussions taking place during the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week.

Regards,
Marc

Leadership Skills Wanted….

 

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Are you looking for an opportunity to share your leadership skills and contribute to the success and development of the product safety community? Consider serving on the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

ICPHSO is proud of its position as the only global organization whose mission is to bring together product safety stakeholders in a neutral forum for education, training, and networking. To further our mission, we are seeking members to serve on the Board of Directors for an initial three-year term, beginning in February 2019. As an ICPHSO Board member you will help set policies, goals, and objectives, and be instrumental in shaping the direction the organization.

The Nominating Committee invites you to apply for vacant positions. To learn more about being a member of the ICPHSO Board, read the job announcement, and the job description and responsibilities for Board members. Please also read the application for candidacy and if you feel you qualify, complete the application form, and submit it along with a current résumé by Friday, November 30, 2018.

As a reminder, ICPHSO is also still seeking potential panelists who are interested in participating in our 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., February 25-28, 2018.  Complete this questionnaire to be placed on a resource list provided to session moderators who may be in need of a speaker with your qualifications.

And finally, don’t forget registration for ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium, November 12-13, 2018 closes October 19, 2018. You won’t want to miss our return to Brussels, as we partner with the European Commission during International Product Safety Week and participate in this global training and networking conference.  Registration, Agenda, and additional information can be found on the ICPHSO Website.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO Wants To Hear From You!

We Need Your Help…..

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Dear Safety Professional,

Are you interested in being on a panel at the 2019 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Washington, D.C., February 25-28, 2019? If so, ICPHSO wants to hear from you!

As we have done in the past, we have established a list of individuals who may be able to participate on panels for our 2019 Annual Symposium. As a need becomes available, we will review your area of expertise and may call on you to assist. While we can’t guarantee you will be selected, the best way to let us know of your interest and the expertise you bring to the Symposium, is to complete this questionnaire.

If you have submitted a proposal for the Symposium and have already suggested speakers, you don’t need to separately complete this questionnaire – panel moderators and planners will use this speaker list to fill any open positions on their panels.

We look forward to hearing from you and being able to share your expertise with our 2019 Symposium planners.

PANELIST QUESTIONNAIRE

Regards,

Marc

 

Thank You International Symposium Sponsors, Exhibitors and European Commission!

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Thanks to ICPHSO sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support of our 2018 International Symposium. Registration remains open for a limited time.  There will not be any on-site registration in Brussels.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX

Platinum: ♦ Cooley  (UK) LLP ♦ STC

Gold: ♦ TUV SUD

Silver: ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ Exponent ♦ The Toy Association

Friends: ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL)

Scholarship: ♦ ADK Information Services LLC/Saint Louis University Supply Chain Center ♦ Belinda May/Ralph Spitz

Angel: ♦ Jakks Pacific ♦ Free Bananas ♦ Insight Quality Services

Conference Bag: ♦ TUV SUD

Nametag Lanyards: ♦ European Commission

Meeting App and Voting App: ♦ Cooley (UK) LLP

EXHIBITORS

♦ Compliance and Risks ♦ Cooley (UK) LLP ♦ Hogan Lovells International LLP ♦ ICIX ♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Contributors ♦ Marketpoint Recall ♦ STC ♦ Stericycle ♦

ICPHSO appreciates the support of all our sponsors and exhibitors listed above.

We also appreciate the continued support and collaboration of the European Commission, by providing us space and logistical support for our International Symposium, which is being held prior to its International Product Safety Week activities.

We look forward to seeing our sponsors and exhibitors in Brussels.  Check here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO International Symposium

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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.

Click here for Registration

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for Hotel Information

Regards,

Marc Schoem

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