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 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 and exhibitors provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors while attending the Annual Symposium.  We still have Sponsorships available.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦

Platinum: ♦ Eurofins ♦  Intertek ♦ SGS ♦

Gold: ♦ Amazon ♦ Bracewell PRG ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc. ♦ Cooley LLP Exponent  Mason Hayes & Curran Norton Rose Fulbright ♦  Oculus♦  QIMA  Recall Results Stericycle The Toy Association  TUV Rheinland ♦ UL ♦

Silver: ♦ Arnold & Porter ♦ ASTM International ♦ Bitrex ♦ Crowell Moring ♦ CSA Group ♦ Ferrero.♦ Husch Blackwell ♦ Nelson Mullins ♦ STC *

Friend:  ♦ Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦  Gradient ♦ Hogan Lovells ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦ Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) ♦

Pioneer Scholarship Supporter: ♦ Mintz 

Scholarship: ♦ ACT Labs LLC  ♦  AM Testing  ♦ ASTM International ♦  Law Offices of David H. Baker, LLC ♦ Britax  ♦  Callet Law ♦  Cleartrack Information Service ♦  Crayola FASA Fisher Price ♦ Gemini Shippers Group Hasbro  Hobby Lobby ♦  Home Depot  ♦ ICL ♦  Insight Quality Services J. Crew JPMA ♦ Jenifer Keenan Law LLC ♦  Keller and Heckman LLP ♦ David & Johnna Kosnoff   Belinda May/Captain Ralph J. Spitz ♦ Miles & Stockbridge ♦ Modern Testing Services (MTS)    Carol Pollack-Nelson, Ph.D./Independent Safety Consulting, LLC  ♦  Nordstrom ♦  PC Squared ♦ Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) ♦ Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) ♦ Safety Research & Strategies, Inc. ♦  Law Office of Alan H. Schoem LLC ♦ Society of Product Safety Professionals (SPSP) Stericycle Strottman International ♦  Target TIC Council ♦ The Toy Association

EXHIBITORS

♦ ADK Information Services ♦  Amazon  ♦ Api  ♦ Applied Safety & Ergonomics ♦
♦ Applied Technical Services (ATS) ♦ AQF ♦ BILT ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc.  ♦ CSA Group ♦ Cleartrack Information Services ♦  Compliance & Risks ♦ Cooley LLC ♦ ESI ♦ Eurofins ♦ Exponent   Global Registration Services, Inc. ♦ Health Canada ♦ ♦ Hohenstein ♦ ICIX ♦  ICPHSO Scholarship Sponsors ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ ICW ♦  Intertek ♦ Intrinsik ♦ JOB Group ♦  Mason Hayes & Curran ♦ Modern Testing Services (MTS) ♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ Oculus ♦  Product Safety Letter ♦ Pro QC International ♦  QIMA ♦ Recall Results ♦ Registrar Corporation ♦ Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. ♦  SGS ♦ STC ♦ Stericycle ♦ Toxnot ♦ TUV Rheinland ♦  TUV SUD ♦ Unitec ♦ UL ♦ XOS ♦

ADDITIONAL SPONSORED ITEMS/EVENTS

Conference Bag Sponsor: Bitrix
Lanyard Sponsor:  Ferrero
Hotel Key Card Sponsor: Crowell & Moring LLP
Meeting Padfolio Sponsor:  TUV Rheinland
Mobile Meeting App and Question & Answer Polling Sponsor:  Cooley LLP
Charging Station Sponsor: Husch Blackwell
Tuesday Evening Education Reception: Oculus

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

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

Summer With ICPHSO

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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

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

 

ICPHSO 2019 Annual Symposium Proposal Deadline Extended!

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#ICPHSO 2019 Annual Symposium Call for Proposal Deadline EXTENDED until 8/10/18! Don’t delay, we want to hear from you. All proposals considered – Our theme for the 2019 Annual Symposium is “United for Safety” as we return to Washington, D.C. All health and safety officials are invited to submit a proposal! Deadline 8/10/18. #ProductSafety

2019 Annual Symposium Proposal Submission Information

Regards,

Marc

Upcoming ICPHSO Events

Here’s an update on upcoming ICPHSO events:
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International Symposium, November 12-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium.  The ICPHSO International Symposium is again being held in conjunction with the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week Activities (November 13-15, 2018). We look forward to our return to Brussels and the opportunity to reach many new global regulators as well as companies and organizations located in Europe that don’t always have an opportunity to attend an ICPHSO Symposium.  More than 30 proposals were submitted for the 1.5 day Symposium and the selections of the panels will be announced soon.  Here’s updated information on the Symposium available on our website:

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2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, February 25-28, 2019, Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, D.C.  ICPHSO returns to DC for our Annual Symposium with the theme of “United for Safety”  and will feature new ideas and new plans. This DC  Annual Symposium won’t be like any before. Save the date and be a part of this important training and networking opportunity.

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As we  celebrate ICPHSO’s 25th Anniversary year we announced a new “Inclusion Initiative” with the goal of taking ICPHSO’s longstanding commitment to stakeholder inclusion to an even higher level within the product safety community. This initiative is being led by ICPHSO member Carol Roberts and the team she is leading will include additional ICPHSO members and participants from our stakeholder community.  The initiative will be featured as part of our International Symposium in Brussels.  Additional information is coming and will be posted when available.  Here’s some initial information on the Inclusion Initiative.

Enjoy your summer and hope to see you in Brussels!

Regards,

Marc

Themes….

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Have you wondered why ICPHSO uses a theme for each of our three product safety conferences, and how they fit into our planning and implementation of these conferences?    This thought came to me recently as we announced the theme for our 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium being held February 25-28, 2019, in Washington, D.C..  Lets take a look at the themes recently announced:

2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Workshop, Seattle, Washington : “Product Safety in the Information Age:  Employing Better Data for Better Understanding and Solutions”

2018 International Symposium, Brussels, Belgium: “Alignment and Inclusion in a Divergent World”

2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Washington, D.C. “United for Safety”

Each of these themes were chosen  so we could focus on an area of interest to our broad stakeholder base.

For Seattle, we wanted to tap into technology issues recognizing a number of our stakeholders in the Northwestern United States and Canada focus on technology in their design and distribution of products, as well as data collection.  This seemed like a natural area for us to focus on in this region of the country.

For Brussels, we wanted to recognize our stakeholders efforts to encourage discussion of global alignment of product safety issues, but at the same time recognize who ICPHSO represents and how we want to continue to ensure we represent all stakeholders and bring their often opposite points of view to the forefront at each of our conferences.

For Washington, D.C., we went for the simple theme of recognizing what ICPHSO’s stakeholders believe and want to achieve. While Washington may not always be in agreement, ICPHSO provides the platform for health and safety professionals to come together to learn from each other, be trained in areas that may not be familiar to all and to address emerging safety issues that might not otherwise be discussed with regulators and others.

For each of our conferences we ask that the proposals you submit relate to the announced theme, although you shouldn’t necessarily feel constrained by that theme.  Use it as a guideline for your proposals and we hope when you do submit a proposal that you recognize what we are trying to achieve and relate the proposal as best you can.

Here’s some upcoming dates to keep you informed:

June 19, 2018 – Our one day Northwest Regional Workshop is almost here.  If you plan on attending, register on line as soon as possible so we can get you into the Amazon Meeting Center as quickly as possible.  Those who are pre-registered this week shouldn’t experience any delays in entry.  We will accept registration submission on line until June 19th.

June 29, 2018 – Deadline for submission of proposals for the 2018 International Symposium in Brussels, Belgium, November 12-13, 2018.  Submit your proposal today and be a part of the global safety community meeting in Brussels during the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week.  Registration and sponsorship information will be announced in the near future.

2019 Annual Symposium, Washington, D.C. – The theme “United for Safety” has been selected and the Call For Presentations will be announced soon.  Check the ICPHSO website for further updates on proposal submissions and deadlines for the Annual Symposium.

Looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Regards,

Marc

 

 

Updates from ICPHSO…..

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Here’s some updates from ICPHSO on upcoming events you may be interested in attending:

April 6, 2018:  Call For Presentations Deadline for the ICPHSO 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, hosted by Amazon, Seattle, Washington on June 19, 2018. The theme for the Workshop is “Product Safety in the Information Age:  Employing Data for Better Understanding and Solutions”  Call For Presentations Here;  Here’s an easy to complete form to submit your proposal before the April 6, 2018 deadline:  Submission Form.  Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities HERE;  Hotel Reservations Now Being Accepted at the Marriott Springhill Suites in Seattle.  Reservations available HERE;  Registration Opens Soon.  Check Back Here For Updated Information

April 13, 2018:  ICPHSO-ASTM Free Training Workshop:  Products & The Appeal To Children:  Applications and Consequences, Washington, D.C.  More Information Here; Register on ASTM Website Here;  Pre-registration required for this free ASTM  workshop.  Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks provided by ICPHSO, Covington & Burling and Procter & Gamble

May 4, 2018: 2018 North America Consumer Product Safety Summit with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and PROFECO at CPSC, Bethesda, Maryland.  Pre-registration required – space limited.  Register Here

May 16, 2018: CPSC Public Hearing:  “The Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards, Bethesda, Maryland. Additional Information Here

Long Term Upcoming: SAVE THE DATE

November 12-13, 2018: ICPHSO 2018 International Symposium, Brussels, Belgium in conjunction with the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week, November 12-15, 2018.  Planning will soon be underway and members can participate in the planning committee. More Information Here

February 25-28, 2019: ICPHSO 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, D.C. Planning will begin shortly for the Annual Symposium.  Members are invited to participate in the planning committee.  More Information Here

Check back here for updated information on these and other upcoming events.  For any additional information, please contact me either by phone at 301.774.3020 or by email at mschoem@icphso.org.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Regards,

Marc

 

 

 

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.

Regards,

Marc