ICPHSO 2019 Regional Workshop Call for Proposals Now Open

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ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization) is now accepting proposals for panel sessions at its 2019 Midwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop to be held in Saint Louis, Missouri on July 11, 2019.  Proposals must be non-commercial in nature and must pertain to topics of interest to the worldwide consumer product safety community. Proposals can be submitted for general plenary sessions and breakout sessions.

The theme of the Workshop is Gateway to Product Safety.” A large focus of the workshop will be best practices and innovations for the safety and compliance of consumer products. Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, distributor, consumer, regulator, NGO or service provider, we invite you to submit proposals. Proposals should attempt to incorporate the theme and focus where possible, but their inclusion is not mandatory.

Deadline for submissions: May 3, 2019

Selection and communication to Submitters:  May 23, 2019

PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS                                       PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO Conference Locations Wanted!

 

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Annual Symposium

As many of you know, ICPHSO selects its conference locations many years in advance.  Our three conferences consist of an Annual Meeting and Training Symposium held yearly in Orlando, Florida, and every third year in Washington, D.C. at the end of February.  Orlando was originally selected as the home of the Annual Symposium since it was a good location and reasonable for both domestic and international flights.  From the beginning, a significant concern of the founders of ICPHSO was providing an efficient and fairly inexpensive means to attend ICPHSO and Orlando was the location that was selected.  Beginning in 2010, ICPHSO began to hold its Annual Symposium in the Washington, D.C. area every third year.  This move was prompted by a suggestion from then CPSC Commissioners that if the ICPHSO Symposium was held in the DC area, regulators from the around the federal government interested in product safety issues could attend.  While we did hold a couple of selected conferences prior to 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington, D.C., we had never undertaken a long-term approach to returning until 2010 and we have been back to DC every third year since.  After just completing our 2019 Symposium in Washington, D.C., we anticipate returning to the Washington, D.C. area again in 2022 and we recently took steps to solicit information from appropriate size hotels who can host our growing number attendees for when we come back.

Regional and International Conferences

Our Regional and International conference locations in recent years has been generally as a result of one of our company/organization members or a government entity expressing interest in hosting our conference.

Regional Workshop:

Our regional workshops are held in North America, generally in June/July of each year.  We work  to ensure different yearly geographical locations to attract the largest number of attendees as possible from areas where travel to Florida or Washington, D.C. may not always be possible due to budget constraints. We work with companies/organizations who have the space and are willing to host ICPHSO at their corporation location. We will be in Saint Louis at St Louis University on July 11, 2019 for our Regional Workshop this year.  We anticipate returning to the west coast of the U.S. in 2020 for our next Regional Workshop.

International Symposium:

Our International Symposium is held outside the United States generally in October/November, and we usually work with a government entity or company who is willing to host ICPHSO for the two-day Symposium.  Having a host keeps our costs down and allows us to charge minimum registration fees to attend.  Since at least 2012, we have been fortunate to collaborate with the European Commission to schedule our International Symposium either just before or after the Commission’s International Product Safety Week activities.  Our collaboration with the European Commission continues and we anticipate returning to Brussels again in 2020 to take advantage of having many different regulators present during our Symposium.  This collaboration has been one of added value to ICPHSO and we look forward to continuing to work with the European Commission on future conference.

Hosting an ICPHSO Regional Workshop/International Symposium

For the first time, we have now posted an ICPHSO Host Prospectus on our website in an effort to hear from ICPHSO members and conference attendees interested in hosting our Regional Workshop or International Symposium in 2021 and beyond.   Included in the document is information on what hosting entails as well as the benefits received from hosting one of our conference.

As we continue to plan for our future, please look at the hosting document and if you have any interest in collaborating with ICPHSO by hosting either a Regional Workshop or an International Symposium, please complete the form included with the document and we will contact you.

If you have any questions, please free to contact me at marc.schoem@icphso.org.  I would love to hear from you.

Regards,

Marc 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33 Days To Go!

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Time is running out to register for the 2018 ICPHSO International Symposium!  The deadline for on-line registration is October 19, 2018.  There won’t be any late registrations or on site registrations in Brussels due to security requirements.  With over 20 countries represented by product safety professionals and nearly 40 subject matter experts speaking, you can’t afford to miss this training and networking opportunity.  Check out the ICPHSO website for updated Symposium Highlights and the latest agenda information. 

Register today and be a part of the product safety conversation!

Regards.

Marc

 

 

Leadership Skills Wanted….

 

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Are you looking for an opportunity to share your leadership skills and contribute to the success and development of the product safety community? Consider serving on the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

ICPHSO is proud of its position as the only global organization whose mission is to bring together product safety stakeholders in a neutral forum for education, training, and networking. To further our mission, we are seeking members to serve on the Board of Directors for an initial three-year term, beginning in February 2019. As an ICPHSO Board member you will help set policies, goals, and objectives, and be instrumental in shaping the direction the organization.

The Nominating Committee invites you to apply for vacant positions. To learn more about being a member of the ICPHSO Board, read the job announcement, and the job description and responsibilities for Board members. Please also read the application for candidacy and if you feel you qualify, complete the application form, and submit it along with a current résumé by Friday, November 30, 2018.

As a reminder, ICPHSO is also still seeking potential panelists who are interested in participating in our 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., February 25-28, 2018.  Complete this questionnaire to be placed on a resource list provided to session moderators who may be in need of a speaker with your qualifications.

And finally, don’t forget registration for ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium, November 12-13, 2018 closes October 19, 2018. You won’t want to miss our return to Brussels, as we partner with the European Commission during International Product Safety Week and participate in this global training and networking conference.  Registration, Agenda, and additional information can be found on the ICPHSO Website.

Regards,

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

 

Thank You International Symposium Sponsors, Exhibitors and European Commission!

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Thanks to ICPHSO sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support of our 2018 International Symposium. Registration remains open for a limited time.  There will not be any on-site registration in Brussels.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX

Platinum: ♦ Cooley  (UK) LLP ♦ STC

Gold: ♦ TUV SUD

Silver: ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ Exponent ♦ The Toy Association

Friends: ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL)

Scholarship: ♦ ADK Information Services LLC/Saint Louis University Supply Chain Center ♦ Belinda May/Ralph Spitz

Angel: ♦ Jakks Pacific ♦ Free Bananas ♦ Insight Quality Services

Conference Bag: ♦ TUV SUD

Nametag Lanyards: ♦ European Commission

Meeting App and Voting App: ♦ Cooley (UK) LLP

EXHIBITORS

♦ Compliance and Risks ♦ Cooley (UK) LLP ♦ Hogan Lovells International LLP ♦ ICIX ♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Contributors ♦ Marketpoint Recall ♦ STC ♦ Stericycle ♦

ICPHSO appreciates the support of all our sponsors and exhibitors listed above.

We also appreciate the continued support and collaboration of the European Commission, by providing us space and logistical support for our International Symposium, which is being held prior to its International Product Safety Week activities.

We look forward to seeing our sponsors and exhibitors in Brussels.  Check here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO International Symposium

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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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Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for Hotel Information

Regards,

Marc Schoem

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