ICPHSO Summer 2020 Update

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Notwithstanding being in the middle of a pandemic, ICPHSO continues to work on behalf of our product safety stakeholders and continues to provide training and networking opportunities with the belief that product safety must continue even under these conditions so as to ensure the safety of consumers in the future.  With that in mind, here’s an update on various ongoing ICPHSO activities:

ICPHSO Career Center – Launched in early May, this job posting site responds to many stakeholder requests for ICPHSO to extend the yearly job matching program, former President Carol Pollack Nelson successfully runs during our annual symposium.  We are happy to assist stakeholders in both posting product safety positions and searching for new positions year round on the ICPHSO website.  If you are a company or an organization with available jobs, we encourage you to reach out to the link on our website to post relevant jobs on our website.  Members receive a discount for posting jobs.  Members and non-members who are looking for a product safety related position can search for available positions and post their resume on line with options for keeping some of your information confidential.  I encourage all to visit the site, register and take advantage of this new service – ICPHSO Career Center Link.

2020 Virtual Product Safety Training Workshop, June 17, 2020, 10:00 am EDT  Hosted by ASTM International, ICPHSO’s first virtual workshop features global product safety professional discussing product safety during the time of COVID-19. CPSC Acting Chairman Bob Adler will open the Workshop.  Recently added was a half hour networking opportunity prior to the Workshop (9:30 am EDT), featuring ICPHSO’s Executive Director and ASTM International President Kathie Morgan.  Registration and sponsorship opportunities are still available.  More information can be found here. 

 2020 International Symposium Call For Proposals Deadline June 26, 2020 to submit a proposal for the 2020 International Symposium, being held October 27-28, 2020, Brussels, Belgium, in cooperation with the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week.  While we are optimistic that we will be able to hold our International Symposium in person, in Brussels with the European Commission, alternative options are being developed should we need to move to a virtual symposium platform.  The first step is for stakeholders to submit a proposal for content for the Planning Committee to review prior to the June 26, 2020 deadline.  ICPHSO relies on its stakeholders to submit proposals for each of its conferences.  If your proposal isn’t selected for the International Symposium, it will also be considered for a future conference.

2021 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium – February 22-25, 2020, Orlando, Florida.  Planning is underway for our Annual Symposium in February 2021.  We are returning to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.  As we begin the planning for the Symposium, we will also be looking at additional options for the meeting, recognizing stakeholder budgets could impact travel and attendance.  Stay tuned for important updates.  If you want to volunteer to be on the planning committee for the 2021 Annual Symposium, complete the information contained in this questionnaire.  President Elect, Andy Church who is Planning Committee Chair will start holding planning conference calls soon. ICPHSO members are welcome to participate in the planning of the symposium.

Call for Speakers – Are you interested in being a speaker at an ICPHSO conference? As we have done in the past, we have established a list of individuals who may be able to participate in sessions at our conferences each year. We are committed to ensure our conference panels our inclusive and reflect the diversity of our membership and conference attendees. Representation from different stakeholder groups; speakers that provide geographical and human diversity and speakers who haven’t recently presented at an ICPHSO conference are encouraged to submit your name for future consideration as a speaker at a future ICPHSO conference.  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 our three conferences, is to complete this questionnaire.  Here’s the link to the Questionnaire.

Have a safe and healthy summer.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO At Work

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Notwithstanding the  pandemic affecting us all, ICPHSO, like so many other organizations and businesses continues to work to meet the training and educational needs of global product safety professionals.  Pictured above are members of ICPHSO’s Executive Committee holding its first zoom conference call (Committee Member Belinda May was unable to participate since she was getting married!  Congratulations to Belinda and Ralph).

ICPHSO’s first Virtual Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 10:00 am EDT and session information has been posted on the website under AGENDARegistration is open as are sponsorship and virtual exhibitor opportunities.

We had been working closely with Google to hold our 2020 Regional Training Workshop at their offices in San Francisco, but due to the pandemic, had to switch to a virtual conference platform  We appreciate the efforts Google undertook to host ICPHSO, and hopefully we will be able to hold a future workshop at Google.

Our virtual workshop is being hosted by ASTM International who has generously offered ICPHSO the use of their virtual conference platform.  Special thanks to Len Morrissey and Molly Lynyak from ASTM International.

Our Virtual Workshop Planning Chairs, Rebecca Sharpe and Tabatha Bauer along with the ICPHSO Executive Committee have identified the agenda and we are working on identifying a diverse group of product safety professionals to speak during the workshop.  As new information becomes available it will be posted on line.

We are optimistic about the opportunities a virtual workshop gives ICPHSO and its stakeholders, especially since everyone in the global product safety community will be able to register at a reasonable price and take part in this timely workshop.

Please also remember to Save the Date of October 27-28, 2020 when we anticipate returning to Brussels to hold our 2020 International Symposium in collaboration with the European Commission during its International Product Safety Week.  Call for Presentations will be issued soon by International Planning Chair Rod Freeman and we hope to see many proposals submitted.

Stay safe and be well and hope to see you virtually at our next workshop!

Regards,

Marc