ICPHSO/CPSC Commissioner Peter Feldman Meeting and Other Updates

CPSC Meeting

The ICPHSO Executive Committee, as is its custom, met with CPSC Commissioner Peter Feldman on August 21, 2019, for an orientation session. Of course, the Commissioner already knew about ICPHSO, having participated in previous conferences while he was Majority Staff Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and also joining us at our 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C on a plenary panel discussing evolving approaches for innovation and technology with three representatives from other federal agencies.

Our meeting with the Commissioner also provided us another opportunity to talk about the long-time collaboration between CPSC and ICPHSO, where our attendees are able to hear from and talk to global regulators through training, education and networking. We also were able to discuss our Inclusion Initiative, which we had not yet been able to discuss with him during our 2018 Commissioner visits because he hadn’t yet been confirmed as a Commissioner, notwithstanding the Commissioner’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We were able to report on ICPHSO’s recent efforts to further ensure “diversity and inclusion”  are more than words when it comes to our organization and that we put into practice what we post on our website and in notices to members through inclusive and diverse participation at our conferences.

We also discussed our latest efforts to bring in additional consumer representatives as a complement to our Inclusion initiative. We reported that we had made great progress in reaching out to more than 40 individuals and organizations. We discussed that we were not only inviting them to our conferences, but also asking them to consider submitting a proposal for a session during our 2020 Annual Symposium so that all voices in the product safety community continue to be well represented at our conferences.

Product safety has no boundaries and is non-partisan from the human perspective. Our stakeholders and conference participants broadly reflect the product safety community from this human perspective, and we continue to reach out to all stakeholders to be a part of the product safety conversation. Commissioner Feldman fully supports our inclusion and diversity efforts and reiterated his long-time support for such efforts in all organizations.

 Conference Updates

As a reminder you still have time to submit a Proposal for consideration for our 2020 Annual Symposium in Orlando, Florida – February 18-21, 2020.  The deadline for submissions is September 9, 2019.

We also recently announced a Call for Speakers and encouraged interested product safety professionals to give us their contact information so in the event we need speakers at future conferences, we have a resource list to provide to the planning committees.  The Call for Speakers is a great way for people who haven’t previously spoken at an ICPHSO conference to let our planning committee know of the expertise you may have in product safety and hopefully is another way we can reach people who haven’t previously been featured at ICPHSO.

Finally, we are still on track for our 2019 International Symposium in Dublin, Ireland, October 24-25, 2019.  Registration is open, sponsorships are available, and the agenda is almost finalized and should be posted on our website shortly.

We look forward to continuing to talk with you about product safety in the months to come. For updated information on these and other events, check our website frequently.

Regards,

Marc J. Schoem

Summer With ICPHSO

ICPHSOCompanyBanner2019Dear Safety Professional,

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 Midwest Regional Training Workshop – July 11, 2019 – Space Available!

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With less than three weeks to go, the ICPHSO Midwest Regional Training Workshop will be the place to be on July 11, 2019.  Hosted by and at St. Louis University, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Excellence, this training workshop is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  With the recent news about CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle’s term ending at the end of September, 2019, ICPHSO is fortunate to have her as our keynote speaker during the workshop.  The update by the Acting Chairman will give all attendees an inside look at the agency she has been associated with for the last six years and as its Acting Chairman for the past 2.5 years.  

The workshop sessions will cover a number of current product safety issues, including the CPSC Data Breach and what it means for the future of section 6(b); Product Safety Lessons that can be learned as a result of the recent Boeing 737 Max 8 issues and how the problems uncovered with the Max 8 is a good lesson for all product safety professionals to understand and address with their own consumer products; Biometric Data Privacy Laws affects all consumers and is something all product safety professionals need to pay attention to as more and more States start addressing the issue; and we expect a robust discussion on Why Effective Recalls Are So Hard to Achieve.  We are also fortunate to be able to hear about a topic that all product designers, manufacturers, and test labs especially should pay attention to on Gender Differences in the Toddlers Ability to Open Child Resistant Packages.  This special presentation shares new data that reveals interesting information about gender behavior when testing child resistant packages.  The information learned is relevant to all who do product safety testing and consumer product packaging and is not limited to those who produce or sell products in CR packaging.

As you can see, Planning Chairman and ICPHSO Board Member, Xiao Chen and her planning committee have selected very current and topical sessions for our regional training workshop.  Space is still available as are hotel rooms.  Don’t delay register today.  Registered attendees will also be able to participate in a pre-workshop reception on
July 10, 2019,  at the MOTO Museum right off the SLU campus.  This museum features a private collection of unique motorcycles obtained from over 20 countries from around the globe covering almost 100 years of motorcycle history. The museum is a celebration of the form, function, evolution, and elegance of the motorcycle.

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2019 Midwest Regional Training Workshop.  Click here for Registration Information.  Click here to see the latest AGENDA.  Thanks also to our Sponsors and Exhibitors, whose support allows us to continue to bring these training conferences at the lowest possible rate so all safety professionals can take advantage of the opportunities presented at the workshop.

Regards,

Marc

 

 

 

 

 

ICPHSO Updates…

ICPHSO-ASTM Age Grading Roundtable

For those of you who are unable to attend the ICPHSO-ASTM Roundtable on Products & the Appeal to Children: Application & Consequences, in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2018, Covington & Burling, the host facility for the day, is providing a call in phone number so you can listen in to the audio portion of the roundtable.  The call-in number is 1.866.798.7071 and the Conference Code is 12223925#.   For those of you who are able to attend in person, please be sure to pre-register with ASTM.  REGISTER HERE.  The meeting is free and open to all who are interested.

2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop

With a little over two months to go, ICPHSO is excited to be returning to Seattle, Washington for our June 19 Regional Training Workshop, hosted by Amazon at its Meeting Center.  Hotel reservations are now open and we have also announced multiple sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities which not only help in keeping our registration costs down but also allows you an opportunity to see a wide variety of services and goods to assist the product safety community. We are pleased to announce that CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Buerkle will be giving a keynote luncheon presentation and ICPHSO will also be offering a port tour (limited space available) and a number of other special events related to this important training meeting.  Check ICPHSO’s event page for updated information.  Registration will be opening soon.  We are reviewing proposals and an agenda of the selected proposals will be posted in the near future.

2018 International Symposium

We are returning to Brussels, Belgium for our International Symposium on November 12-13, 2018. We are pleased to again be joining the European Commission and be a part of their 2018 International Product Safety Week activities.  Safety week runs from November 12-15, 2018 and planning is well underway for our Symposium and the EC’s safety week activities.  Save the date and check our website event page for future updates.

I look forward to seeing you at a future ICPHSO event.

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

 

 

 

ICPHSO 2018 Regional Training Workshop, Seattle, WA – HOTEL RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN!

ICPHSO has now opened the hotel group block for our upcoming June 19, 2018, Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, hosted by Amazon.  Registration will be open soon.  Don’t delay make sure you have your hotel room to attend the Workshop.  There are limited rooms and the deadline is May 16, 2018.  Use this link to make your reservations:  Marriott Springhill Suites.  

Call for Presentations is still open and closes April 6, 2018 – Send your proposal in today: Call For Presentations.  The theme of the workshop is “Product Safety in the Information Age:  Employing Data for Better Understanding and Solutions” and your proposals should relate to the theme.

Sponsorship and Limited Exhibitor Opportunities are also now available:  Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Here’s the tentative schedule for the Workshop:

Monday, June 18, 2018:  Networking Reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel.  All registered attendees are invited to drop in and meet your fellow attendees the night before the Workshop beings.  All attendees are invited to the reception, whether you are staying at the hotel or not. The networking reception  is included in the price of your registration.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018:  Regional Workshop at Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 7th Avenue, Seattle, Washington.  Tentative time for the workshop is 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  ICPHSO will provide details on  bus transportation from the hotel to the meeting site, since parking is limited at Amazon. Sponsorship opportunities exist if your company or organization is interested in providing or assisting with transportation. More details to follow.  Thanks to Amazon for hosting the Workshop at their Meeting Center!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018:  Seattle Port Tour conducted by representatives from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Space is limited for this special tour and will be allocated to registered workshop attendees on a first come-first serve basis.  Attendees who are interested in participating in this special tour will be asked to indicate this during the workshop registration process when it opens up.  A list will be established and those attendees selected for the tour will be advised at a later date.  ICPHSO will be arranging bus transportation from the Marriott Springhill Suites for the Port Tour since parking is limited.  Sponsorship opportunities exist if your company or organization is interested in providing or assisting with transportation.

ICPHSO is excited about the opportunities that exist as we head back to Seattle for our Regional Workshop.  We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Regards,

Marc

 

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.

Regards,

Marc