2019 ICPHSO International Symposium Summary

(Editor Update:  A comprehensive and complete summary for the two day International Symposium can now be found on the ICPHSO website under the Latest News Link.)

#ICPHSO19 International Symposium, Dublin, Ireland two day summary now posted on the ICPHSO website under Latest News.  Thank you Cooley LLP for providing ICPHSO attendees and members this comprehensive summary.

The ICPHSO 2019 International Symposium held at Trinity College on October 24-25, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland was attended by nearly 200 health and safety professionals from around the globe.  The theme, ” Shaping the Future in Times of International Change” was a key part of many of the sessions presented during the Symposium.   The two days offered attendees significant product safety training, education, best practices and networking opportunities.

Thanks to Rod Freeman, International Symposium Planning Chair and the team from Cooley LLP,  ICPHSO attendees and members will be provided a comprehensive summary of the two day symposium.  Below are some highlights from the summary detailing keynote speaker presentations.  Watch this blog and ICPHSO’s social media platforms for the Cooley LLP summary on the rest of two day conference.

Patrick Kenny, Member Responsible for Product Safety, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), Ireland:

Patrick Kenny oversees criminal enforcement, consumer enforcement and is responsible for product safety.  Reviews are underway of the CCPC procedures for monitoring compliance for product safety as products continue to be manufactured and distributed in new ways. The regulatory authority in Ireland has a role in protecting the internal market in Europe. For the market to function correctly, consumers must be able to trust that the product they are purchasing are inherently safe.  CCPC is also aware of the extra cost that could be applied to products as a result of additional burdens placed on manufacturers.  CCPC is looking to become more proactive through on-site inspections and will assist in the development of new EU regulations in 2021 to address new concerns. Steps are being taken to develop an approach to detecting non-compliance early, prior to distribution of products and to have a workable market place surveillance through an increased presence of CCPC at retail and wholesale.  CCPC will also continue to work with industry on  how to be compliant.

Dermott Jewell, ANEC President

Consumers are  generally engaging with the producers marketers. When products are described in glowing terms, but doesn’t really disclose much, consumers have a role to play in checking the products by looking at the ingredients, reading reviews, etc.  Consumer understand mistakes happen and these need to be resolved.  The biggest concern is when they have to bring something back or when consumers have to engage with a representative of the organization.  There are non-compliant products on the market. Market surveillance is needed to protect consumers.  Focus should be placed on the right culture within an organization: one that favors safety.  Organizations need to focus on safety from the beginning.

Liz Hyman, CEO XR Association

XRA is an industry body supporting responsible development and thoughtful advancement of XR.  XR is an umbrella term and people may be familiar with VR, but not AR and mixed reality.    XR history can be traced back to the 1960s and is a global term to cover these and new or not yet designed technologies. . XR is no longer just for gaming.  In the future, XR will be key in training and education (especially for high risk jobs such as chemists, pilots and medical professionals  including surgical), business and consumer functions.  For instance a major retailer purchased tens of thousands of goggles to train staff, e.g. in customer relations, etc. In the future, there will continue to be slow but steady growth in XR. A starter guide for developers — XR-Primer 1.0 was released and will continue to be updated for best practices, etc.  A study regarding building a stronger culture for safety in emerging technologies has been carried out and the hope is that it could be released at the next ICPHSO conference.

Pinuccia Continto, Head of Unit, Product Safety and Rapid Alert System, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Start of the new Commission is scheduled for December 1, 2019.  Expect a new dynamic and new priorities; but also the continuation of certain priorities.  Need to avoid the slightest injury, not just serious ones.  When avoided, its often a silent victory. Cooperation across a range of actors is required.  Imagine a triangle: economic operators/regulatory bodies/consumers at the corners of the triangle.  Consumers are additionally at its core.  In the EU, making sure product safety is pervasive is a joint priority (shared between Member States and the Commission). Notification in one country will go to the Commission who send it to all countries.  This is how the internal market works.  There are six main priorities currently in the EU Commission: 1) coordinated activities for the safety of products; 2) development of legislation on AI; 3) increasing recall effectiveness; 4) product safety pledge; 5) product safety award, inspired by METI in Japan; and 6) international cooperation. Turn silent victories into loud victories – loud victories get more resources and also helps make the world a safer place.

Kevin Nolan, President and CEO GE Appliances, a Haier company

When you see smart technology in homes, the majority of the product is outside the home (in terms of software, etc) and the consumer doesn’t see the whole product.  These kinds of product are changing what innovation means, and how we think about innovation. Companies that don’t innovate are guaranteed to fail.  Two types of companies:  technological optimists and technological pessimists: Optimists believe technology can solve everything, including climate change.  Pessimists believe technology may wipe out life on earth. Four key points as appliances get smarter: 1) safety has to be a priority; 2) technology should be used to discover and fix vulnerabilities; 3) it should not be possible to patent safety; and 4) consumers use products in manners you may not have designed them for, so you need to consider all uses when evaluating safety and making improvements.  Optimism kills, Pessimism paralyzes, Realism is clarity.

Thanks again to the staff from Cooley LLP for providing the detailed summary of keynote presentations.  Look for the remaining summaries covering the actual plenary and breakout sessions in the days ahead.

Regards,

Marc

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

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 Midwest Regional Training Workshop Sponsors and Exhibitors

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ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us  at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, at our 2019 Regional Training Workshop on July 11, 2019.The Workshop is hosted by Saint Louis University, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Excellence. The support our sponsors, exhibitors and host provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors.  We still have sponsorship’s and exhibit space available.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦

Gold: ♦ Eurofins/MET Labs ♦  HUSCH Blackwell LLP ♦

Friends: ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc. ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ ServiceLive, Inc.♦ Quality Certification Alliance ♦

Scholarship: ♦ Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz ♦  David & Johnna Kosnoff ♦ Nelson Mullins ♦ Recall Results ♦ STC  ♦ Stericycle Expert Solutions ♦

Pre Workshop Reception Snack/Drink: ICIX ♦
Notepad: Eurofins/MET Labs  ♦
Welcome  Kit: Husch Blackwell LLP ♦

EXHIBITORS

♦ Cleartrack Information Services
♦ ESI
♦ ICIX
♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Sponsors
♦ Saint Louis University, Center for Supply Chain Management Studies
♦ STC Group

Click Here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Register today to attend the Workshop.  Agenda Information Here

Looking forward to seeing you in Saint Louis!

Regards,

Marc

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