Dear Safety Professional,
As we head into the fall in North America, it’s often time to reflect on where we have been. During the past year, ICPHSO kicked off its 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Year with our Annual Symposium in Orlando, Florida. From there, we moved west to Seattle where we held our Northwest Regional Training Workshop hosted by Amazon. Next up is our International Symposium in less than 60 days! It’s been a busy year indeed. In between, we also collaborated with ASTM International on a one day workshop in Washington, D.C. on Age Grading. In Brussels we are again collaborating with the European Commission during its International Product Safety Week. ICPHSO kicks off the week with our Symposium on November 12-13, 2018, and we are excited with the topics of discussion that are starting to be posted on our website. We anticipate a broad range of safety professionals who will be speaking on a number of different subjects of keen interest to the global product safety community. We also anticipate a large number of European regulators to join with regulators from North America, South America, Asia and Australia at this important safety conference.
ICPHSO’s 25th anniversary also happens to coincide with the 60th anniversary of The Smurfs, which was created by a Belgian cartoonist in 1928. It’s only fitting that we celebrate our milestone together in Brussels in 2018, since ICPHSO exists to bring together the product safety community in a neutral setting where all safety professionals can learn, train and network with each other. Our goals mirror the Smurfs which are all about friendship, tolerance, solidarity and respect of others and nature. As ICPHSO focuses on our Inclusion Initiative which will be discussed in more detail in Brussels during our closing session on the first day, we look forward to being more inclusive and diverse in the future. Like the Smurfs, we transcend borders and welcome all. A special thanks to Joan Lawrence at The Toy Association and Jakks Pacific for providing us a limited number of Smurf toys for ICPHSO attendees in recognition of our joint anniversary year. I hope to see you in Brussels and be sure to check back on our website for updated information on the Symposium agenda. New content is being posted daily. We also still have many sponsorship opportunities available so be sure to contact me if interested in pursuing any of these opportunities.
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Here’s an update on upcoming ICPHSO events:
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:
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.
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!
Carol Roberts speaking at ICPHSO NW Regional Workshop Reception on June 19, 2018
At the conclusion of ICPHSO’s 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop in Seattle, WA, Belinda May, President of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) announced a new Inclusion Initiative to be led by ICPHSO member, Carol Roberts, an Associate in Cooley’s London Litigation department, and part of the International Product Liability and Product Compliance Team. Below are notes from Carol’s kick off discussion explaining the newly announced initiative, which she presented at the Amazon Meeting Center, Seattle, Washington on June 19, 2018, after the one-day regional workshop.
Empowering others: it’s about including those who aren’t or weren’t included in the conversation and decision making.
- Benefits of doing this are really well documented – what could this mean for product safety?
- ICPHSO is already established as an organization that looks to include and involve: we see this in the committees that chip in to make these conferences happen; in the range of panels and represented stakeholders and the emphasis on ensuring a broad range of voices are heard.
- This will make my job easier – and harder!
- What do we hope for, for this task force?
- Hope to identify, develop and share best practices and experiences on what successful diversity and inclusion looks like.
- Hope to continue to build on existing opportunities to network and learn from a diverse range of stakeholders and on a diverse range of topics.
- Hope to continue to ensure ICPHSO’s place at the heart and forefront of thinking in the product safety community, with a strong focus and leading presence in this important area.
- Inclusion is in the name and its the goal – I’d love to hear any ideas and welcome others getting involved. Please do get in touch with me. Here’s a link to my email address: Carol Roberts.
As ICPHSO celebrates its 25th Silver Anniversary, we will apply 25 years of shared collaboration with the aim of taking ICPHSO’s longstanding commitment to stakeholder inclusion to an even higher level within the product safety community. Congratulations to Belinda May for proposing and implementing this initiative and to Carol Roberts for leading the initiative. Please send your thoughts and ideas to Carol or me as we continue to move ICPHSO to an even higher level in the future.