ICPHSO 25th Anniversary Celebration

The excitement is building towards the kick off ICPHSO’s 25th Anniversary year celebration with our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium just a little less than a month away. Our off-site networking reception planned at Splitsville in Disney Springs on Wednesday, February 22, 2018 shouldn’t be missed. For a nominal charge of $25, we will transport you to and from the Hyatt to Disney Springs and our big silver jubilee anniversary event. This will be a great opportunity to mingle with colleagues over dinner, drinks, desert, trivia, and bowling.  Join for all or part of the evening with shuttles running back and forth to and from the hotel. Now’s the time to put together your bowling teams and have an opportunity to win great prizes being offered by many of our members both at Splitsville and throughout the entire week of the Symposium.  Thanks to Stericycle for sponsoring the bar and beverages at Splitsville (including the Stericycle Smash drink to debut at our event)  and ICIX for their sponsorship of the Coffee and Desert Bar at Splitsville.  More information here.

ICPHSO recognizes and thanks the following ICPHSO members and supporters who are graciously providing prizes in support of our 25th Anniversary celebration:
Barnes & Noble
Best Buy
Bed Bath and Beyond
Big Lots
Chick-fil-A
Dicks Sporting Goods
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
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Mattel
Michaels Stores
NBC Universal
Pier 1
Restoration Hardware
Starbucks
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The Walt Disney Company

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Additional prizes are coming. If your name isn’t on this list, contact me to see how you can help support our 25th Anniversary celebration during the Symposium.

Registration remains open for the Symposium. Take advantage of early bird rates before the February 1, 2018 deadline. We will shortly announce the availability of additional hotel rooms at nearby overflow hotels for those of you who haven’t yet made your reservation at the Hyatt. Check our website for additional hotel information. See you all in Orlando!

Regards,

Marc

Welcome 2018…

Happy New Year 2018

It’s hard to believe there are less than 50 days until ICPHSO’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018.  We are in the home stretch now in our planning for Orlando and the kick-off of our 25th Anniversary year.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so today. The registration rate goes up February 2, 2018 so you want to take advantage of the lower rates today.  Remember also, ICPHSO members also receive a significant registration rate discount.   Hotel rooms with the ICPHSO reduced room rate at the Hyatt Grand Cypress are starting to sell out on certain days, so be sure to make your room reservation as well.  We still have exhibitor space and always welcome additional sponsors.  Don’t forget to also sign up for the special 25th anniversary networking event at Splitsville in Disney Springs costing only a nominal $25.00 charge for drinks, food, bowling, games and the opportunity to visit with your colleagues and peers on a less formal basis.  Space is limited so sign up to attend when you register for the Symposium.  Bus transportation to and from Disney Springs is being provided by ICPHSO.  If you are having difficulty registering for the Symposium or the Splitsville event, feel free to use the registration form listed on our website and send it to us for processing.

The agenda for the week is updated on a daily basis, so be sure to check out the updated Schedule Here.

On behalf of ICPHSO, I wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!  I look forward to seeing you all in a much warmer Orlando, Florida.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO 2018 Annual Symposium: This is going to be BIG!

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2018 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium
25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee

February 20 – 23, 2018
Orlando, Florida
“Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age:
Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future”

Highlights of this year’s Symposium include:
• Kick-off the ICPHSO 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Year with special ICPHSO gifts for all attendees
Anniversary event at Splitsville, Disney Springs: Wednesday, February 21 (nominal charge to attend; free bus transportation provided; games and refreshments included; limited space available). Register during Symposium registration
CPSC beginner (and refresher) compliance course during lunch on Tues., Feb.  20
• CPSC Morning – Thursday, February 22
Historic Tri-Lateral MOU signing by Health Canada, PROFECO, and CPSC
First Timer Breakfast featuring special prizes
• Attendee poling, surveys, and engagement during selected sessions
• Interactive lunch event: Friday, February 23
• 25th Anniversary trivia and prizes throughout the Symposium
Learn from the experts: More than 100 product safety professionals share their expertise during plenary and breakout sessions
• More than 30 exhibitors displaying services and goods
Check the Symposium Schedule for the latest updates. Take advantage of early bird registration rates and Register today. Don’t delay-reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Register online or complete this Registration Form and submit it to registration@icphso.org.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor? Contact sponsor-exhibitor@icphso.org for all the details. Scholarship contributions are needed to assist safety and health professionals who may not otherwise be able to attend. To assure all stakeholders are represented at our meetings, please consider making a scholarship donation.

This is a must-attend event for all global health and safety professionals to get the latest information, education, and training involving product safety issues. We can’t wait to see you in Orlando!

Regards,

Marc Schoem                                               Belinda May
Executive Director                                     President Elect/Symposium Planning Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Tri-Lateral Memorandum Of Understanding to be Signed at 2018 ICPHSO Annual Symposium….

ICPHSO BREAKING NEWS- December 15, 2017:

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ICPHSO’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018, will be the location for the signing of a historic Tri-lateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Product Safety by representatives from Health Canada, PROFECO and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This MOU between Canada, Mexico, and the United States further establishes the ongoing relationship between the three North America agencies that are responsible for product safety.

Be a witness to history! Don’t miss the historic MOU signing  on Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2018,  during “International Day” activities at for the Symposium. Register today at: Annual Symposium Registration.

Regards,

Marc

International Symposium Summary; Consumer Survey; CPSC Training; Annual Symposium Update…

Here are some updates on past and upcoming  ICPHSO activities that may be of interest to you.  The information can be found at the links below.  They are located in the promotional articles section at the bottom left side of the ICPHSO home page.

International Symposium, Tokyo, Japan – November 14-15, 2017:

The summary for the two day Symposium have been completed and they are located in the promotional article section at the bottom left side of the ICPHSO home page.  Thanks to the Cooley Law Team who provided the summaries (Rod Freeman, Alex Radcliffe, Carol Roberts, and Sarah-Jane Dobson).  Any observations included in these summaries don’t necessarily reflect the views of ICPHSO or Cooley. Each summary can be found at the links below:

Day One Keynote Presentations

Day One Plenary Sessions

Day One Breakout Sessions

Day Two Sessions

Consumers International Consumer Product Safety Survey:

A survey has been developed by Consumers International to gather information about consumer protection frameworks for product safety across the world.  ICPHSO is providing a copy of the survey links for anyone who might be interested in participating.  The survey is being conducted by Consumers International and not ICPHSO.  Here’s the link to participate:

Consumers International Survey

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Product Safety Training for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals:

Shanghai: March 13, 2018; Guangzhou: March 15, 2018; and Ho Chi Minh City: March 20, 2018.  If you are interested in any of these free training opportunities with simultaneous interpretation, please see the information contained in the link below:

CPSC Buyer and Sourcing Training

2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Orlando, Florida – February 20-23, 2018

A reminder to register to attend our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Year Kick-Off Symposium.  Hotel Rooms are going fast so you want to reserve your room today.  There are still many sponsorship opportunities available as well as a limited number of exhibitor tables.  The agenda for the Symposium is now posted and is being updated daily as new information on panel speakers becomes available.  Check  out the ICPHSO Event Page for updated information on the 2018 Symposium. Also check out highlighted sessions on the ICPHSO home page.  During the opening lunch on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, , CPSC staff will present a Lunch and Learn CPSC Compliance Beginners (and Refresher) Tutorial that you won’t want to miss.   Further information about CPSC morning events on Thursday, February 22, 2018 will be posted soon.  Don’t forget our Anniversary event at Splitsville in Disney Springs as well as an ICPHSO Golf Scramble.  Each of these events are limited in numbers, so be sure to register early to participate for a nominal additional fee.

2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium Agenda

Regards,

Marc

 

 

 

 

 

ICPHSO International Symposium Day 1 Plenary Session Summaries

I previously summarized the International Symposium day one key note speakers in Tokyo, Japan and below I am including a link for the summaries of the two plenary sessions held on day one of the Symposium.  Thanks again to Rod Freeman and his team from Cooley for providing summary notes for the Symposium.

Click here for the day one summary presentation.

Just a reminder about our upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018.  Summary information for the various sessions are now beginning to be posted on the ICPHSO website highlighting the sessions.  Don’t delay in registering and securing your hotel room for our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee year celebration.  Sponsorships and Exhibit Tables are still available but going fast.  Many of these opportunities are limited so you don’t want to miss out on being one of our Silver Jubilee Sponsors.  Thanks to those sponsors who have already signed up and committed to participate in our Symposium. There continued commitment to ICPHSO is much appreciated.

Click here for more information on the 2018 Annual Symposium.

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Regards,

Marc Schoem

ICPHSO 2017 International Symposium Recap: Day 1 Keynote Speakers

ICPHSO 2017 Toyko International Symposium_website banner 05.02.17SaveDate ICPHSO’s first visit to Tokyo, Japan and our just completed 2017 International Symposium was a great success.  The attendee turn out from more than 15 different countries provided a global perspective during the Symposium.  And, our panels of expert speakers, our sponsors and exhibitors all reminded us why the “I” is in ICPHSO’s name.

ICPHSO brings together manufacturers, retailers, regulators, and others from the safety community to discuss, learn and be trained on how to make the world a safer place for all consumers.  The international aspect of those topics is becoming more and more important in Japan as we learned from keynote presentations by Government of Japan regulators.  In Japan, companies have led innovation for decades and Japanese consumers have an appetite for innovative products.  Below I will highlight notes from our keynote speakers for Day 1 of the Symposium:

Takashi Wada, Director of the Product Safety Division,  Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

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Director Wada highlighted areas of issues  based primarily on the advancement of global technologies affecting consumers within Japan and discussed specific issues and how actions have been taken to improve the safety of various products. METI manages and endorses counter measures of suppliers.

The total number of accident reports has been decreasing over the last 9 years. 802 accidents reported in 2016. 672 (80%) were fires and fire by electrical appliances is the most common.

Elderly people – relatively speaking are involved with more product deaths and injuries. Accidents for children under 10 are mostly serious or severe.  Deaths – rising for the elderly people in their 70s, 80s etc. according to their data. Fatal accidents involving elderly people over the age of 80 are increasing. Japan has a respect for Elderly day in September, which is a holiday, and products which are common for accidents with the elderly are highlighted in a press release and in other ways to protect the elderly based on the injury and death data collected.

 

 

Post market product: manufacturer recalls. No special laws that mandate a recall, but manufacturers can be instructed to act. Normally, voluntary decision is needed to conduct the recall.  In 2016, a total of 91 recalls were recorded. 18 were triggered by serious accidents. 73 triggered by non-serious accidents.

Recalls are an effective way to restore products, however many of these products remain in the market though, even when there is a recall. These products may still cause accidents. There were still 89 accidents in 2016 caused by products that were not recovered in a recall.

How to enhance effectiveness of recalls? Rise in use of IOT – traceability of products can be done at lower cost. There is no proof of the concept yet, but  some ideas such as the use of QR codes on products which allows information on the product to be provided at low-cost. Once subjected to recalls, consumers can know of this. If consumers are registered, they can be told of recalls. Recall information notice system, could also notify of inspections.

Award manufacturers for best practice in product safety. Product safety award system was developed in Japan 11 years ago. Product safety inspection is recommended to consumers in a particular month. Biggest event is then the awarding system. This week on Thursday at Shibuya there was an awarding ceremony.

This year’s award winners – YKK and Acuface Laboratory Inc. Several other companies received awards and presented their best practices to share their activities within the industries.

 

Mr. Wada discussed ideas for cooperation with foreign product safety authorities. Overseas production are not subject to regulation so METI  doesn’t have as much information about violation of the products.  METI needs cooperation of foreign regulators. Difficult to ask people selling illegal products through overseas sites into Japan. So they deal with this in a number of different ways:

• Bilateral Cooperation with CPSC and AQSIQ (Cooperative Agreements such as MOU and Guidelines)….
• Multilateral Cooperation e.g. OECD / ICPHSO
• Technical cooperation with Southeast Asian countries. Including new cooperation with Thailand.

A key take away from this keynote presentation was the invitation to cooperate and collaboration not only between global regulators but also between industries and organizations such as ICPHSO where industries can learn best practices.

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Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was the second keynote presenter on day 1 of the International Symposium.  The Acting Chairman again recognized ICPHSO as the gold standard for collaboration.

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ICPHSO provides the perfect opportunity to discuss collective goal of product safety. The Acting Chairman pointed out while there is a change in leadership at CPSC, the mission remains the same. Laws and regulations don’t change – keep consumer safe from unreasonable risk and harm.

Buerkle stressed collaboration and engagement – reaching out to all stakeholders and taking advantage of their expertise. Reasonable thoughtful approach. Education is key – not just for consumers but for industry as well.

The CPSC follows guidelines and direction from Congress. CPSC priorities include the development of a strategic plan;  sharing data and information and following an operating plan which just came before CPSC.  The operating plan provides the public a roadmap on how CPSC navigates and spend resources. This information is available to all on the CPSC website.

Acting Chairman Buerkle discussed how to most effectively enact agenda: by identifying and addressing risks and emerging hazards; improving import surveillance to ensure what is done at ports can help prevent dangerous products from getting in to the market and how to enhance the agency’s ability to receive data.

The challenge is not only what’s in front of the CPSC by reviewing and looking at incidents through data, but also to be vigilant about emerging hazards. What else is on the horizon?  A current concern is the internet of things   CPSC has some 550 employees, $125 million budget, and has jurisdiction over 15,000 types of consumer products. It is not an easy task to look out on the horizon. Some of those emerging hazards include big data and e-commerce. IOT is quickly developing – it’s a double-edged sword. Products can get to consumer more quickly but also companies can let them know when there is a problem.

The Chairman also discussed what she identified as her priorities for CPSC.

One such  priority is  collaboration and engagement among all stakeholders (consumers, manufacturers and government)

Another priority is import surveillance. It’s better not to let unsafe products into the country then have to deal with them afterwards in a recall. Continue to use risk assessment methodology to look at products coming into the country to ensure compliance.

A challenge facing CPSC is e-commerce. What consumers now do is go onto third-party platforms or directly to manufacturers and order a product to their home. How to ensure that product is safe and compliant?

Through collaboration with third-party platforms and others,  CPSC wants to discuss how to be a part of the solution. These platforms and others could be an unwilling or unwitting party to unsafe products coming into the stream of commerce.

A further priority is collaboration and education. This needs to go to consumers and the regulated community. Can make expectations more clear this way as well as affecting safety in the long run.  Consumer education is also important – so often unaware of hazards. Calling consumer attention to hidden hazards is critical, such as the CPSC’s safe sleep campaign. Raising awareness is one key to reaching consumers.

Another very important part of what CPSC does is the voluntary standards process. Make sure, when possible, to pursue this rather than mandatory standard. On a practical level it makes a lot of sense. Think of this as a consensus standard, when all stakeholders are around the table and identify an issue and work together to identify how to address the safety issue. A consensus standard is real-time – it can be changed easily and quickly if it is not working.

CPSC is also working with the  international community to conduct workshops so that people understand what a product needs to comply with if it is to be brought into the United States.  We no longer live in a local economy, it is a global economy. Problems facing the United States are probably facing everyone in the International Symposium.

Another priority is data. CPSC has to be a data driven agency and needs increased resources from congress to increase capability to receive different types of data and do analysis of that data. Data helps to identify emerging hazards. Getting the agency modernized with data is a key component and priority. Data drives voluntary standards and other proactive actions. Despite the fact that so much of what the CPSC does has to do with injury and death, its important to remember, as an agency, we have to rely on data and science. That is how we do our best work. Look at data and identify where the emerging hazards are and address it with one of the tools we have to deal with the issue.

CPSC held a recall effectiveness workshop in August. Recall effectiveness is something that has been discussed but is an enigma. How do we measure recall effectiveness?  How do we get to the consumer? Its imperative to find ways to directly notify consumers (e.g. product registration or other means), through a best practices handbook for recalls. CPSC will continue to discuss this in order to get to some real solutions. Can recalls be tiered? Not all recalls are created equal. This is an ongoing discussion we will continue to have.

We all have a common interest in safety, we are all consumers, and we all have families, for whom we want safe products. That is the common goal. It is a great place to start. CPSC remains available to discuss solutions and issues with all stakeholders.

 

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I will provide additional summaries on our International Symposium in the days ahead.  I appreciate the assistance of Board Member and Symposium Chair Rod Freeman and his team from the Cooley law firm (Alex Radcliffe, Carol Roberts, Sarah-Jane Dobson, Fergal Duggin and Mark Deem), who helped plan and implement our Symposium. The notes provided by the Cooley team are much appreciated as I report on the activities that took place during the Symposium.  Any observations included about the Symposium are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Cooley or ICPHSO.

Regards,

Marc