ICPHSO Summer 2020 Update

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Notwithstanding being in the middle of a pandemic, ICPHSO continues to work on behalf of our product safety stakeholders and continues to provide training and networking opportunities with the belief that product safety must continue even under these conditions so as to ensure the safety of consumers in the future.  With that in mind, here’s an update on various ongoing ICPHSO activities:

ICPHSO Career Center – Launched in early May, this job posting site responds to many stakeholder requests for ICPHSO to extend the yearly job matching program, former President Carol Pollack Nelson successfully runs during our annual symposium.  We are happy to assist stakeholders in both posting product safety positions and searching for new positions year round on the ICPHSO website.  If you are a company or an organization with available jobs, we encourage you to reach out to the link on our website to post relevant jobs on our website.  Members receive a discount for posting jobs.  Members and non-members who are looking for a product safety related position can search for available positions and post their resume on line with options for keeping some of your information confidential.  I encourage all to visit the site, register and take advantage of this new service – ICPHSO Career Center Link.

2020 Virtual Product Safety Training Workshop, June 17, 2020, 10:00 am EDT  Hosted by ASTM International, ICPHSO’s first virtual workshop features global product safety professional discussing product safety during the time of COVID-19. CPSC Acting Chairman Bob Adler will open the Workshop.  Recently added was a half hour networking opportunity prior to the Workshop (9:30 am EDT), featuring ICPHSO’s Executive Director and ASTM International President Kathie Morgan.  Registration and sponsorship opportunities are still available.  More information can be found here. 

 2020 International Symposium Call For Proposals Deadline June 26, 2020 to submit a proposal for the 2020 International Symposium, being held October 27-28, 2020, Brussels, Belgium, in cooperation with the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week.  While we are optimistic that we will be able to hold our International Symposium in person, in Brussels with the European Commission, alternative options are being developed should we need to move to a virtual symposium platform.  The first step is for stakeholders to submit a proposal for content for the Planning Committee to review prior to the June 26, 2020 deadline.  ICPHSO relies on its stakeholders to submit proposals for each of its conferences.  If your proposal isn’t selected for the International Symposium, it will also be considered for a future conference.

2021 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium – February 22-25, 2020, Orlando, Florida.  Planning is underway for our Annual Symposium in February 2021.  We are returning to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.  As we begin the planning for the Symposium, we will also be looking at additional options for the meeting, recognizing stakeholder budgets could impact travel and attendance.  Stay tuned for important updates.  If you want to volunteer to be on the planning committee for the 2021 Annual Symposium, complete the information contained in this questionnaire.  President Elect, Andy Church who is Planning Committee Chair will start holding planning conference calls soon. ICPHSO members are welcome to participate in the planning of the symposium.

Call for Speakers – Are you interested in being a speaker at an ICPHSO conference? As we have done in the past, we have established a list of individuals who may be able to participate in sessions at our conferences each year. We are committed to ensure our conference panels our inclusive and reflect the diversity of our membership and conference attendees. Representation from different stakeholder groups; speakers that provide geographical and human diversity and speakers who haven’t recently presented at an ICPHSO conference are encouraged to submit your name for future consideration as a speaker at a future ICPHSO conference.  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 our three conferences, is to complete this questionnaire.  Here’s the link to the Questionnaire.

Have a safe and healthy summer.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO At Work

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Notwithstanding the  pandemic affecting us all, ICPHSO, like so many other organizations and businesses continues to work to meet the training and educational needs of global product safety professionals.  Pictured above are members of ICPHSO’s Executive Committee holding its first zoom conference call (Committee Member Belinda May was unable to participate since she was getting married!  Congratulations to Belinda and Ralph).

ICPHSO’s first Virtual Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 10:00 am EDT and session information has been posted on the website under AGENDARegistration is open as are sponsorship and virtual exhibitor opportunities.

We had been working closely with Google to hold our 2020 Regional Training Workshop at their offices in San Francisco, but due to the pandemic, had to switch to a virtual conference platform  We appreciate the efforts Google undertook to host ICPHSO, and hopefully we will be able to hold a future workshop at Google.

Our virtual workshop is being hosted by ASTM International who has generously offered ICPHSO the use of their virtual conference platform.  Special thanks to Len Morrissey and Molly Lynyak from ASTM International.

Our Virtual Workshop Planning Chairs, Rebecca Sharpe and Tabatha Bauer along with the ICPHSO Executive Committee have identified the agenda and we are working on identifying a diverse group of product safety professionals to speak during the workshop.  As new information becomes available it will be posted on line.

We are optimistic about the opportunities a virtual workshop gives ICPHSO and its stakeholders, especially since everyone in the global product safety community will be able to register at a reasonable price and take part in this timely workshop.

Please also remember to Save the Date of October 27-28, 2020 when we anticipate returning to Brussels to hold our 2020 International Symposium in collaboration with the European Commission during its International Product Safety Week.  Call for Presentations will be issued soon by International Planning Chair Rod Freeman and we hope to see many proposals submitted.

Stay safe and be well and hope to see you virtually at our next workshop!

Regards,

Marc

 

ICPHSO 2020 Annual Symposium Sponsors and Exhibitors

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ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us  in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, February 18-21, 2020, for our 2020 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium. The support our sponsors and exhibitors provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors while attending the Annual Symposium.  We still have Sponsorships available.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦

Platinum: ♦ Eurofins ♦  Intertek ♦ SGS ♦

Gold: ♦ Amazon ♦ Bracewell PRG ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc. ♦ Cooley LLP Exponent  Mason Hayes & Curran Norton Rose Fulbright ♦  Oculus♦  QIMA  Recall Results Stericycle The Toy Association  TUV Rheinland ♦ UL ♦

Silver: ♦ Arnold & Porter ♦ ASTM International ♦ Bitrex ♦ Crowell Moring ♦ CSA Group ♦ Ferrero.♦ Husch Blackwell ♦ Nelson Mullins ♦ STC *

Friend:  ♦ Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦  Gradient ♦ Hogan Lovells ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦ Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) ♦

Pioneer Scholarship Supporter: ♦ Mintz 

Scholarship: ♦ ACT Labs LLC  ♦  AM Testing  ♦ ASTM International ♦  Law Offices of David H. Baker, LLC ♦ Britax  ♦  Callet Law ♦  Cleartrack Information Service ♦  Crayola FASA Fisher Price ♦ Gemini Shippers Group Hasbro  Hobby Lobby ♦  Home Depot  ♦ ICL ♦  Insight Quality Services J. Crew JPMA ♦ Jenifer Keenan Law LLC ♦  Keller and Heckman LLP ♦ David & Johnna Kosnoff   Belinda May/Captain Ralph J. Spitz ♦ Miles & Stockbridge ♦ Modern Testing Services (MTS)    Carol Pollack-Nelson, Ph.D./Independent Safety Consulting, LLC  ♦  Nordstrom ♦  PC Squared ♦ Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) ♦ Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) ♦ Safety Research & Strategies, Inc. ♦  Law Office of Alan H. Schoem LLC ♦ Society of Product Safety Professionals (SPSP) Stericycle Strottman International ♦  Target TIC Council ♦ The Toy Association

EXHIBITORS

♦ ADK Information Services ♦  Amazon  ♦ Api  ♦ Applied Safety & Ergonomics ♦
♦ Applied Technical Services (ATS) ♦ AQF ♦ BILT ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc.  ♦ CSA Group ♦ Cleartrack Information Services ♦  Compliance & Risks ♦ Cooley LLC ♦ ESI ♦ Eurofins ♦ Exponent   Global Registration Services, Inc. ♦ Health Canada ♦ ♦ Hohenstein ♦ ICIX ♦  ICPHSO Scholarship Sponsors ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ ICW ♦  Intertek ♦ Intrinsik ♦ JOB Group ♦  Mason Hayes & Curran ♦ Modern Testing Services (MTS) ♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ Oculus ♦  Product Safety Letter ♦ Pro QC International ♦  QIMA ♦ Recall Results ♦ Registrar Corporation ♦ Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc. ♦  SGS ♦ STC ♦ Stericycle ♦ Toxnot ♦ TUV Rheinland ♦  TUV SUD ♦ Unitec ♦ UL ♦ XOS ♦

ADDITIONAL SPONSORED ITEMS/EVENTS

Conference Bag Sponsor: Bitrix
Lanyard Sponsor:  Ferrero
Hotel Key Card Sponsor: Crowell & Moring LLP
Meeting Padfolio Sponsor:  TUV Rheinland
Mobile Meeting App and Question & Answer Polling Sponsor:  Cooley LLP
Charging Station Sponsor: Husch Blackwell
Tuesday Evening Education Reception: Oculus

Click Here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Register today to attend the Annual Symposium. Agenda Information Here

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Regards,

Marc

28 Days To Go!

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ICPHSO’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium is less than a month away and the agenda is packed with plenary and breakout sessions, as well as networking breaks, that every safety professional should find useful.  We are fortunate again to be able to hear from leadership and staff from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who will highlight their activities on Thursday morning as well as participating in  various sessions throughout the week.  Our Thursday keynote luncheon speaker will the Acting CPSC Chairman, Robert (Bob) Adler, who has been a long time speaker and supporter of ICPHSO.  Acting Chairman Adler was instrumental in assisting us with our first strategic plan in the earliest days of ICPHSO, and attendees are fortunate to be able to hear from him in his role as Acting Chairman.

We are also happy to announce that we have moved the Safety Jeopardy game from a breakout session to our keynote luncheon presentation on Wednesday.  The game will be moderated by former ICPHSO Board Member and President, John Kupsch, and will include three teams vying for top ICPHSO prizes. The move to lunch will now give  all attendees an opportunity to play along as well.  This should be a fun light activity during our Wednesday lunch, while at the same time checking everyone’s safety knowledge.

Other sessions throughout the week include a number of breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon with additional time allocated to each session to be able to have our panels of experts discuss the relevant topics in detail, while still allowing time for attendee questions through our meeting app.

We are also pleased to present a plenary session discussing product safety through a parent’s eyes, which will feature a number of parent advocates who will offer their unique perspectives on product safety, after losing a loved one to a product incident.  This is a perspective we don’t always get to hear and we appreciate the speakers taking the time to participate.

Other sessions include discussions involving voluntary standards; a look at smart products and what consumers expectations are; the consumers role in product safety; a look at company responsibilities as it relates to safety testing and analysis; a discussion of safety messaging to consumers; what to expect when you meet with Commission staff and how marketing strategies can enhance a retailers product compliance program.  These and many other sessions are listed on our website under the 2020 Annual Symposium AGENDA.  Updates are made daily.  You can also check out our line up of SPEAKERS, SPONSORS and EXHIBITORS  who will be at the Symposium.  We appreciate the support of attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.

Registration is still open and we’ve added an additional nearby hotel with available rooms at a special ICPHSO rate.  Don’t wait to book your room, since the rooms are going fast.   Be sure to also check out the Job Matching program which has become a mainstay of our Annual Symposium.  As you can see, it’s going to be a busy week.

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando,

Regards,

Marc J. Schoem

ICPHSO 2020 Annual Symposium Sponsors and Exhibitors

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ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us  in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, February 18-21, 2020 for our 2020 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium. The support our sponsors, exhibitors 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 ♦

Platinum: ♦ Intertek ♦ SGS ♦

Gold: ♦ AmazonBracewell PRGBureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc. ♦ Cooley LLP ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦ QIMA ♦ Recall Results ♦ TUV Rheinland UL ♦

Silver: ♦ Arnold & Porter ♦ Crowell Moring ♦ Ferrero.♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ STC

Pioneer Scholarship Supporter: ♦ Mintz

Scholarship: ♦ Law Offices of David H. Baker LLC ♦ Cleartrack Information Service Hasbro Hobby Lobby Insight Quality Services ♦  David & Johnna Kosnoff   Belinda May/Captain Ralph J. Spitz Modern Testing Services (MTS)   Law Office of Alan H. Schoem LLC Society of Product Safety Professionals (SPSP)

EXHIBITORS

♦ ADK Information Services ♦  Amazon  ♦ Applied Safety & Ergonomics ♦
♦ Applied Technical Services (ATS) ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc. ♦
♦ Cleartrack Information Services ♦  Compliance & Risks ♦ Cooley LLC ♦ ESI ♦
♦ Hohenstein ♦ ICIX ♦  ICPHSO Scholarship Sponsors ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ ICW ♦
♦ Intertek ♦ Intrinsik ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦ Modern Testing Services (MTS) ♦
♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ QIMA ♦ Recall Results ♦ SGS ♦ STC ♦
♦ TUV Rheinland ♦  Unitec ♦ UL ♦ XOS ♦

Click Here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Register today to attend the Annual Symposium. Agenda Information Here

Looking forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Regards,

Marc