2018 Annual Symposium Update: Conference Presentations Now Available!

Conference presentations are now available to attendees and members on the ICPHSO website under the Resources link.  Once you enter the Resource link,  go to Conference Presentations.  You must be logged in to access the presentations.  Attendees can access this information until June 1, 2018 and members can access it at any time.  Use the same user name and password to access this information that you used to register or join ICPHSO.  If you can’t remember the user name and password, we may have to reset your file.  We need a couple days to reset user names due to the high volume of inquiries, just email me at mschoem@icphso.org to request a reset and thanks for your patience.   Watch this space for some new information about our upcoming 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop.



Only 113 days to Seattle!

Can you believe it?  Here we are only a few days out of our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium and only 113 days to go (June 19, 2018)  until our Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop at Amazon in Seattle, Washington.  Board Members DE Fenton and Renee Chiang are actively working on the Northwest Regional Meeting.  We hope to roll out our theme, call for presentations and hotel information in the next couple of weeks.  At the same time, Board Member Rod Freeman is working with the European Commission (EC) to further develop ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium November 12-13, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.  The EC’s International Product Safety Week takes place November 12-15, 2018.  As details become available, I will report on them.   We are also working again with ASTM to develop a one-day workshop on April 13, 2018 at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. on age label guidelines.  You will want to save the date and not miss this unique one day workshop which will include experts in this area.

2018 Symposium Highlights:

From Tutorials to our Key Note speakers on Block Chain Technology and the CPSC, we think we offered something for everyone last week during the kick-off of our 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Year.   Belinda May, as Symposium Planning Chair and now President,  really put on a  great training meeting. It will certainly be hard to top what we did, although I am confident we certainly will try!  We are working hard to upload all the final presentations and provide an updated final Symposium attendee list as soon as we can.  We had over 825 attendees from 18 countries in attendance and I want to thank each of you for the choice you made to attend our Annual Symposium.  The support you provide allows us to bring you the type of content filled Symposia you have come to expect from us.  Incoming President Matt Howsare is already working on our 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium which will be held Monday, February 25 through Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Marriott Renaissance Downtown, Washington, DC.  We were last at this hotel in 2016 and we are looking forward to our return next year.

I wanted to reference a few highlights from our 2018 Annual Symposium.

Tutorials included, CPSC Compliance Beginners and Refresher course; sessions on the regulation of Drones; Lithium Ion Batteries; Ethics and Product Safety; Leveraging the Reach of Health and Human Service Providers to Enhance Consumer Product Safety and How to Make Retailers Happy among others.

New ICPHSO Executive Committee Officers include:  President:  Belinda May, Dentons LLC; President Elect and 2019 Symposium Planning Chairman: Matt Howsare, Mintz Levin; and Vice President:  Rick Rosati, Bureau Veritas. New ICPHSO Board Members include: Tabatha Bauer, Staples; Andy Church, Insight Quality Services; Don Huber, Consumer Reports; and Matt Smith, ICIX.  Read the Press Release Here

Also,we want to welcome to the Board as Ex-Officio Members, Geoff Barrett, Health Canada and Carol Cave, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We were honored to be able to provide Health Canada, PROFECO and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the opportunity to sign a trilateral memo of understanding at our Symposium which will promote consumer product safety in North America.  We were all  witness to something quite historic as a result. Read the Press Release Here

We also announced that Carol-Pollack Nelson was the recipient of the 2018 Ross Koeser Achievement Award.  The award, named after one of our Founders and First Executive Director annually recognizes a member for their significant contributions to ICPHSO.  Carol indeed exemplifies this through her work as a volunteer, former Board Member and President.  Carol also was the coordinator of our very successful 25th Anniversary Splitsville Bowling event, attended by some 350 of our attendees.  The food, drinks, bowling, games, deserts,  and company was outstanding.   ICPHSO also announced a special service award that was given to long-term member Bruce Farquhar for his continued outstanding in assuring ICPHSO has a global presence especially with international regulators.

And finally, who can forget our 25th anniversary year kick off fireworks event held Tuesday evening after our welcome reception.  Over ten minutes of up close and personal fireworks celebrating ICPHSO and its anniversary.  Our thanks again to John Rogers, Executive Director, AFSL and PYROTECNICO for a show we won’t soon forget.  It was a great way to kick off our anniversary year.

Thanks again to all attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, gift card and gift bag sponsors and a special thanks to Association Manager, Kimber Nation;  Association Administrator, Tara Reddy ; and to Yvette Duron and Emma Celeste for assisting us during the Symposium.  Without the continued support and assistance from Kimber and Tara, this meeting would never have taken place.   I hope to provide more updates on specific sessions in the future as well as update you on upcoming events.  Follow my blog for updates.






ICPHSO 2018 Annual Symposium Is On….


One day to go to the kick off of ICPHSO’S 25th anniversary year and our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.  Over 800 safety and health professionals from 18 countries are descending on Orlando, Florida.  The weather here is sunny and in the 80s and there’s a buzz and excitement as we prepare to usher in our anniversary year.

We have nearly 150 speakers, 65 sponsors and 40 exhibitors who will be ready to share with you the latest product safety information to help us be prepared to address emerging hazards, new trends, and dealing with safety related issues on a daily basis.

ICPHSO is continuing to process registration and memberships that have been submitted over the last few weeks.  We will also accept Symposium registrations at the ICPHSO registration desk during the Symposium.  The registration desk is located on the ballroom level at the bottom of the escalator.  We open Monday at 5:00 pm and will be open each day during the Symposium.  We will be happy to assist you if you haven’t already received your registration confirmation or still want to attend the Symposium.   As space is available, we will also process requests to attend our 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Event at Splitsville in Disney Springs, Wednesday evening.  We will do our best to accommodate as many additional attendees as we can but space is limited.

Be sure to download the Cooley Attendify app to get the most up to date Symposium information.  You first have to download the Attendify app onto your smart phone and then search ICPHSO 2018 Annual Symposium for the actual Cooley – ICPHSO information in the Attendify app.

Please plan to attend our special fireworks event on Tuesday evening promptly at 8:00 pm just after our Welcome reception.  You won’t want to miss how we will be led out to the fireworks viewing area at the rear of the hotel.  Thanks to AFSL and PYROTECNICO for sponsoring this special first time ICPHSO firework celebration!  We can’t wait to see the sky light up as we kick off our anniversary year!Fireworks

Safe travels to all and see you in Orlando!



ICPHSO 2018 Annual Symposium Update…

Only 25 days to go to the kick-off of ICPHSO’s Silver Jubilee Year with our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida.  We are processing registrations as quickly as possible and while there have been some issues affecting on line registration, we will also accept your registration form via email and will manually process your requests.  Remember, Symposium registration rates go up February 2, 2018 so don’t delay.

I am pleased to announce ICPHSO will be presenting the 2018 Ross Koeser Achievement Award to Carol Pollack-Nelson, a human factors psychologist, who has served ICPHSO in many capacities over the years, as a board member, a past president, coordinator of our Symposium Job Matching program and this year leading our 25th Anniversary events.  Many of you know Carol through her tutorials and panel presentations focused on best practices, safe design and warning label design and effectiveness.   Carol is well deserving of the recognition that comes with the reward and truly exemplifies the ICPHSO spirit.

ICPHSO is also recognizing our long time member, Bruce Farquhar, an internationally recognized expert on non-food consumer product safety, with a Special Service Award in recognition of Bruce’s service and dedication in bringing global regulators into ICPHSO as well as coordinating our earliest International Symposiums.  Bruce’s efforts to ensure we are and remain an international organization is appreciated and deserves recognition as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

We kick off our Symposium at noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 with a CPSC Lunch and Learn Compliance Tutorial.  The Compliance tutorial is a great beginning for those who aren’t that familiar with CPSC as well as a great refresher course for those who deal with Commission,  leading into CPSC morning on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

On Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018, ICPHSO will have a special fireworks celebration kicking off our Silver Jubilee Anniversary Year just after our evening Welcome Reception.  Our Welcome Reception runs from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm where we will serve light refreshments and drinks and you have an opportunity to network as well as meet our exhibitors and sponsors.  Promptly at 7:45 pm we will be led outside to the fireworks viewing area where our celebration continues with a special desert and drink in honor of ICPHSO.  We should be done before 8:30 pm, so schedule your dinner plans after the fireworks event!   This is a one time ICPHSO event you won’t want to miss.  Thanks to sponsors AFSL and PYROTECNICO for hosting this celebration.

Our first timer and new member breakfast is on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Regency Hall.  ICPHSO as you will hear is unlike any other organization and by joining us for this special breakfast, you will learn more about ICPHSO and meet and hear from ICPHSO leaders.

Our Keynote Speakers at lunch on Wednesday are Brigid McDermott, Vice President, IBM and Frank Yiannas, Vice President, Walmart who will discuss the emerging Blockchain Technology and its potential application across multiple compliance areas, including product safety.

Its not too late to sign up for our Anniversary event at Splitsville in Disney Springs, Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  For a nominal fee of $25 we will transport you to Splitsville with continuous bus shuttles from the Hyatt for an evening of networking, food, drinks, (including the Stericycle Smash), bowling (remember to bring your extra pair of socks) and other games.  Thanks to sponsors Stericycle and ICIX for hosting our bar, beverage, desert and coffee  at the event.  You also won’t want to miss the sponsored bowling lanes (some still available).

If you haven’t checked out our Symposium Schedule, please do so – it’s updated daily with new content, speaker, sponsor, exhibitor and room information.  Belinda May and her Symposium Planning Committee have prepared an outstanding week of critical product safety training and education.

Finally,  our Friday, February 23, 2018, Luncheon Roundtable Discussion being led by Past President Nancy Cowles and a distinguished group of product safety professionals will explore “Disrupting the Status Quo to Move Safety Forward.” Immediately following the luncheon discussion we are planning a town hall closing session with leading product safety experts and leaders to discuss technology as we head into the future. So plan on staying until the end!

As you can see we have a full week planned for our attendees.  We look forward to seeing you in Orlando and appreciate your continued support of ICPHSO.  Please feel free to contact me at mschoem@icphso.org if you have any questions, comments or problems related to the Symposium.



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
Dicks Sporting Goods
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress


Michaels Stores
NBC Universal
Pier 1
Restoration Hardware
Step 2
The Walt Disney Company

Vista Outdoors

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!



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.



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!


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