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!
I hope you will be joining us in Brussels on November 12-13, 2018 for ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium. As in the past, the Symposium will be held during the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week and will include many regulators and other participants we don’t normally get to see during our North America based conferences. Registration is coming soon but you can go ahead and make your hotel reservation now as well as sign up for sponsorship opportunities. The ICPHSO Symposium starts on Monday, November 12, 2018 and runs through Tuesday, November 13, 2018. International Product Safety Week runs through November 15, 2018. ICPHSO will again provide attendees networking breaks, lunch and an evening reception on Monday, November 12 at the conference venue. On Tuesday, breakfast, breaks and lunch will also be provided to attendees. The European Commission will hold an off site reception and dinner at Noble Palace, Tuesday evening, November 13, 2018. Space will be limited and bus transportation will be provided from the conference venue. All ICPHSO Symposium attendees will be welcome to attend this off-site reception and dinner. Additional details and registration will be posted on the ICPHSO website.
Enjoy your summer and make your fall plans now to attend the Symposium!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
July 9, 2018
2019 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium
Monday, February 25 through Thursday, February 28, 2019
Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel
“United for Safety”
ICPHSO is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.
ICPHSO seeks proposals that highlight new and exciting content and recognize the Symposium theme, “United for Safety.” This theme reflects the unique standing of ICPHSO as the only global organization bringing together a diverse array of product safety stakeholders. ICPHSO facilitates vibrant dialogue about product safety in a constructive and cooperative environment that emphasizes inclusion of speakers that reflect the diversity of ICPHSO members and conference attendees.
The four-day (Monday – Thursday) Annual Meeting and Training Symposium provides an opportunity for global health and safety professionals to participate in discussions that further enhance the safety of consumer products throughout the world.
Symposium speakers and attendees will include industry leaders from the manufacturing, import and retail sectors; members of the legal community; consumer representatives; trade associations; academia; health and service providers; test labs; recall specialists; and federal, state, and local regulators from around the globe. providers; test labs; recall specialists; and federal, state, and local regulators from around the globe.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline August 6, 2018
Thanks for your continued support of ICPHSO!
ICPHSO INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
PLANNING COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS WANTED
The time has come for us to convene the Planning Committee to help us bring together our 2018 International Symposium in Brussels in November. The Symposium will be held during the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week. The theme for the Symposium is “Alignment and Inclusion in a Divergent World.” The call for submissions deadline is July 4, 2018, and the submissions are rolling in–so there is already some work for us to do.
Planning Chair and Board Member, Rod Freeman is looking for volunteers to be part of the planning Committee. Some of you have already expressed interest in supporting the event and I encourage you to respond to this notice if still interested.
We know that those of you who volunteer will want to help with tangible tasks, and this year we are taking steps to help ensure that you have the opportunity to do so. In particular, our Committee members will be asked to support specific workstreams, including:
• Logistics and general event planning
If you are interested in joining the Planning Committee for Brussels, please email the Chair of the Planning Committee, Rod Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 6 July to let him know. When considering if you would like to volunteer, please keep in mind that this will be a working Committee. While the expectations of each volunteer should not be too onerous, you will be expected to make tangible contributions to the specific workstreams assigned to you. You will also generally be expected to participate on our planning calls as often as possible and be prepared to contribute by reporting on progress within your workstreams.
ICPHSO Planning Committees make major contributions to our programs, is one of the key benefits afforded to ICPHSO members, and play a key role in the success of our events. We hope that this structure will help ensure that participation is a rewarding experience for each volunteer. Your participation is greatly appreciated–we look forward to working with you! If you want more information on becoming an ICPHSO member, check our website for details.
Marc J. Schoem
“Alignment and Inclusion in a Divergent World”
ICPHSO will again collaborate with the European Commission and hold our 2018 International Symposium on November 12-13, 2018, as the lead in to the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week (November 12-15, 2018) in Brussels. As in the past, we will be holding the two-day symposium in a Commission building (Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels, Belgium) and will use the interpretation services provided in the conference center. This will be a truly global event with regulators and stakeholders from around the world participating.
ICPHSO’s Call For Presentation deadline is June 29, 2018, so there’s still time for you to submit your proposal to be considered for presentation during the Symposium. Consideration of the Symposium’s theme in your submission may give priority consideration as we review the proposals.
All proposals will be considered and final selection will be made by the Symposium Planning Committee and the ICPHSO Executive Committee.
I look forward to reading your proposals!
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.