ICPHSO Updates…

ICPHSO-ASTM Age Grading Roundtable

For those of you who are unable to attend the ICPHSO-ASTM Roundtable on Products & the Appeal to Children: Application & Consequences, in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2018, Covington & Burling, the host facility for the day, is providing a call in phone number so you can listen in to the audio portion of the roundtable.  The call-in number is 1.866.798.7071 and the Conference Code is 12223925#.   For those of you who are able to attend in person, please be sure to pre-register with ASTM.  REGISTER HERE.  The meeting is free and open to all who are interested.

2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop

With a little over two months to go, ICPHSO is excited to be returning to Seattle, Washington for our June 19 Regional Training Workshop, hosted by Amazon at its Meeting Center.  Hotel reservations are now open and we have also announced multiple sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities which not only help in keeping our registration costs down but also allows you an opportunity to see a wide variety of services and goods to assist the product safety community. We are pleased to announce that CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Buerkle will be giving a keynote luncheon presentation and ICPHSO will also be offering a port tour (limited space available) and a number of other special events related to this important training meeting.  Check ICPHSO’s event page for updated information.  Registration will be opening soon.  We are reviewing proposals and an agenda of the selected proposals will be posted in the near future.

2018 International Symposium

We are returning to Brussels, Belgium for our International Symposium on November 12-13, 2018. We are pleased to again be joining the European Commission and be a part of their 2018 International Product Safety Week activities.  Safety week runs from November 12-15, 2018 and planning is well underway for our Symposium and the EC’s safety week activities.  Save the date and check our website event page for future updates.

I look forward to seeing you at a future ICPHSO event.

Regards,

Marc

 

 

Updates from ICPHSO…..

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Here’s some updates from ICPHSO on upcoming events you may be interested in attending:

April 6, 2018:  Call For Presentations Deadline for the ICPHSO 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, hosted by Amazon, Seattle, Washington on June 19, 2018. The theme for the Workshop is “Product Safety in the Information Age:  Employing Data for Better Understanding and Solutions”  Call For Presentations Here;  Here’s an easy to complete form to submit your proposal before the April 6, 2018 deadline:  Submission Form.  Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities HERE;  Hotel Reservations Now Being Accepted at the Marriott Springhill Suites in Seattle.  Reservations available HERE;  Registration Opens Soon.  Check Back Here For Updated Information

April 13, 2018:  ICPHSO-ASTM Free Training Workshop:  Products & The Appeal To Children:  Applications and Consequences, Washington, D.C.  More Information Here; Register on ASTM Website Here;  Pre-registration required for this free ASTM  workshop.  Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks provided by ICPHSO, Covington & Burling and Procter & Gamble

May 4, 2018: 2018 North America Consumer Product Safety Summit with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and PROFECO at CPSC, Bethesda, Maryland.  Pre-registration required – space limited.  Register Here

May 16, 2018: CPSC Public Hearing:  “The Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards, Bethesda, Maryland. Additional Information Here

Long Term Upcoming: SAVE THE DATE

November 12-13, 2018: ICPHSO 2018 International Symposium, Brussels, Belgium in conjunction with the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week, November 12-15, 2018.  Planning will soon be underway and members can participate in the planning committee. More Information Here

February 25-28, 2019: ICPHSO 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Washington, D.C. Planning will begin shortly for the Annual Symposium.  Members are invited to participate in the planning committee.  More Information Here

Check back here for updated information on these and other upcoming events.  For any additional information, please contact me either by phone at 301.774.3020 or by email at mschoem@icphso.org.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Regards,

Marc

 

 

 

International Symposium Summary; Consumer Survey; CPSC Training; Annual Symposium Update…

Here are some updates on past and upcoming  ICPHSO activities that may be of interest to you.  The information can be found at the links below.  They are located in the promotional articles section at the bottom left side of the ICPHSO home page.

International Symposium, Tokyo, Japan – November 14-15, 2017:

The summary for the two day Symposium have been completed and they are located in the promotional article section at the bottom left side of the ICPHSO home page.  Thanks to the Cooley Law Team who provided the summaries (Rod Freeman, Alex Radcliffe, Carol Roberts, and Sarah-Jane Dobson).  Any observations included in these summaries don’t necessarily reflect the views of ICPHSO or Cooley. Each summary can be found at the links below:

Day One Keynote Presentations

Day One Plenary Sessions

Day One Breakout Sessions

Day Two Sessions

Consumers International Consumer Product Safety Survey:

A survey has been developed by Consumers International to gather information about consumer protection frameworks for product safety across the world.  ICPHSO is providing a copy of the survey links for anyone who might be interested in participating.  The survey is being conducted by Consumers International and not ICPHSO.  Here’s the link to participate:

Consumers International Survey

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Product Safety Training for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals:

Shanghai: March 13, 2018; Guangzhou: March 15, 2018; and Ho Chi Minh City: March 20, 2018.  If you are interested in any of these free training opportunities with simultaneous interpretation, please see the information contained in the link below:

CPSC Buyer and Sourcing Training

2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Orlando, Florida – February 20-23, 2018

A reminder to register to attend our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Year Kick-Off Symposium.  Hotel Rooms are going fast so you want to reserve your room today.  There are still many sponsorship opportunities available as well as a limited number of exhibitor tables.  The agenda for the Symposium is now posted and is being updated daily as new information on panel speakers becomes available.  Check  out the ICPHSO Event Page for updated information on the 2018 Symposium. Also check out highlighted sessions on the ICPHSO home page.  During the opening lunch on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, , CPSC staff will present a Lunch and Learn CPSC Compliance Beginners (and Refresher) Tutorial that you won’t want to miss.   Further information about CPSC morning events on Thursday, February 22, 2018 will be posted soon.  Don’t forget our Anniversary event at Splitsville in Disney Springs as well as an ICPHSO Golf Scramble.  Each of these events are limited in numbers, so be sure to register early to participate for a nominal additional fee.

2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium Agenda

Regards,

Marc

 

 

 

 

 

ICPHSO International Symposium Day 1 Plenary Session Summaries

I previously summarized the International Symposium day one key note speakers in Tokyo, Japan and below I am including a link for the summaries of the two plenary sessions held on day one of the Symposium.  Thanks again to Rod Freeman and his team from Cooley for providing summary notes for the Symposium.

Click here for the day one summary presentation.

Just a reminder about our upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018.  Summary information for the various sessions are now beginning to be posted on the ICPHSO website highlighting the sessions.  Don’t delay in registering and securing your hotel room for our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee year celebration.  Sponsorships and Exhibit Tables are still available but going fast.  Many of these opportunities are limited so you don’t want to miss out on being one of our Silver Jubilee Sponsors.  Thanks to those sponsors who have already signed up and committed to participate in our Symposium. There continued commitment to ICPHSO is much appreciated.

Click here for more information on the 2018 Annual Symposium.

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Regards,

Marc Schoem

ICPHSO 2017 International Symposium Recap: Day 1 Keynote Speakers

ICPHSO 2017 Toyko International Symposium_website banner 05.02.17SaveDate ICPHSO’s first visit to Tokyo, Japan and our just completed 2017 International Symposium was a great success.  The attendee turn out from more than 15 different countries provided a global perspective during the Symposium.  And, our panels of expert speakers, our sponsors and exhibitors all reminded us why the “I” is in ICPHSO’s name.

ICPHSO brings together manufacturers, retailers, regulators, and others from the safety community to discuss, learn and be trained on how to make the world a safer place for all consumers.  The international aspect of those topics is becoming more and more important in Japan as we learned from keynote presentations by Government of Japan regulators.  In Japan, companies have led innovation for decades and Japanese consumers have an appetite for innovative products.  Below I will highlight notes from our keynote speakers for Day 1 of the Symposium:

Takashi Wada, Director of the Product Safety Division,  Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

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Director Wada highlighted areas of issues  based primarily on the advancement of global technologies affecting consumers within Japan and discussed specific issues and how actions have been taken to improve the safety of various products. METI manages and endorses counter measures of suppliers.

The total number of accident reports has been decreasing over the last 9 years. 802 accidents reported in 2016. 672 (80%) were fires and fire by electrical appliances is the most common.

Elderly people – relatively speaking are involved with more product deaths and injuries. Accidents for children under 10 are mostly serious or severe.  Deaths – rising for the elderly people in their 70s, 80s etc. according to their data. Fatal accidents involving elderly people over the age of 80 are increasing. Japan has a respect for Elderly day in September, which is a holiday, and products which are common for accidents with the elderly are highlighted in a press release and in other ways to protect the elderly based on the injury and death data collected.

 

 

Post market product: manufacturer recalls. No special laws that mandate a recall, but manufacturers can be instructed to act. Normally, voluntary decision is needed to conduct the recall.  In 2016, a total of 91 recalls were recorded. 18 were triggered by serious accidents. 73 triggered by non-serious accidents.

Recalls are an effective way to restore products, however many of these products remain in the market though, even when there is a recall. These products may still cause accidents. There were still 89 accidents in 2016 caused by products that were not recovered in a recall.

How to enhance effectiveness of recalls? Rise in use of IOT – traceability of products can be done at lower cost. There is no proof of the concept yet, but  some ideas such as the use of QR codes on products which allows information on the product to be provided at low-cost. Once subjected to recalls, consumers can know of this. If consumers are registered, they can be told of recalls. Recall information notice system, could also notify of inspections.

Award manufacturers for best practice in product safety. Product safety award system was developed in Japan 11 years ago. Product safety inspection is recommended to consumers in a particular month. Biggest event is then the awarding system. This week on Thursday at Shibuya there was an awarding ceremony.

This year’s award winners – YKK and Acuface Laboratory Inc. Several other companies received awards and presented their best practices to share their activities within the industries.

 

Mr. Wada discussed ideas for cooperation with foreign product safety authorities. Overseas production are not subject to regulation so METI  doesn’t have as much information about violation of the products.  METI needs cooperation of foreign regulators. Difficult to ask people selling illegal products through overseas sites into Japan. So they deal with this in a number of different ways:

• Bilateral Cooperation with CPSC and AQSIQ (Cooperative Agreements such as MOU and Guidelines)….
• Multilateral Cooperation e.g. OECD / ICPHSO
• Technical cooperation with Southeast Asian countries. Including new cooperation with Thailand.

A key take away from this keynote presentation was the invitation to cooperate and collaboration not only between global regulators but also between industries and organizations such as ICPHSO where industries can learn best practices.

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Ann Marie Buerkle, Acting Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was the second keynote presenter on day 1 of the International Symposium.  The Acting Chairman again recognized ICPHSO as the gold standard for collaboration.

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ICPHSO provides the perfect opportunity to discuss collective goal of product safety. The Acting Chairman pointed out while there is a change in leadership at CPSC, the mission remains the same. Laws and regulations don’t change – keep consumer safe from unreasonable risk and harm.

Buerkle stressed collaboration and engagement – reaching out to all stakeholders and taking advantage of their expertise. Reasonable thoughtful approach. Education is key – not just for consumers but for industry as well.

The CPSC follows guidelines and direction from Congress. CPSC priorities include the development of a strategic plan;  sharing data and information and following an operating plan which just came before CPSC.  The operating plan provides the public a roadmap on how CPSC navigates and spend resources. This information is available to all on the CPSC website.

Acting Chairman Buerkle discussed how to most effectively enact agenda: by identifying and addressing risks and emerging hazards; improving import surveillance to ensure what is done at ports can help prevent dangerous products from getting in to the market and how to enhance the agency’s ability to receive data.

The challenge is not only what’s in front of the CPSC by reviewing and looking at incidents through data, but also to be vigilant about emerging hazards. What else is on the horizon?  A current concern is the internet of things   CPSC has some 550 employees, $125 million budget, and has jurisdiction over 15,000 types of consumer products. It is not an easy task to look out on the horizon. Some of those emerging hazards include big data and e-commerce. IOT is quickly developing – it’s a double-edged sword. Products can get to consumer more quickly but also companies can let them know when there is a problem.

The Chairman also discussed what she identified as her priorities for CPSC.

One such  priority is  collaboration and engagement among all stakeholders (consumers, manufacturers and government)

Another priority is import surveillance. It’s better not to let unsafe products into the country then have to deal with them afterwards in a recall. Continue to use risk assessment methodology to look at products coming into the country to ensure compliance.

A challenge facing CPSC is e-commerce. What consumers now do is go onto third-party platforms or directly to manufacturers and order a product to their home. How to ensure that product is safe and compliant?

Through collaboration with third-party platforms and others,  CPSC wants to discuss how to be a part of the solution. These platforms and others could be an unwilling or unwitting party to unsafe products coming into the stream of commerce.

A further priority is collaboration and education. This needs to go to consumers and the regulated community. Can make expectations more clear this way as well as affecting safety in the long run.  Consumer education is also important – so often unaware of hazards. Calling consumer attention to hidden hazards is critical, such as the CPSC’s safe sleep campaign. Raising awareness is one key to reaching consumers.

Another very important part of what CPSC does is the voluntary standards process. Make sure, when possible, to pursue this rather than mandatory standard. On a practical level it makes a lot of sense. Think of this as a consensus standard, when all stakeholders are around the table and identify an issue and work together to identify how to address the safety issue. A consensus standard is real-time – it can be changed easily and quickly if it is not working.

CPSC is also working with the  international community to conduct workshops so that people understand what a product needs to comply with if it is to be brought into the United States.  We no longer live in a local economy, it is a global economy. Problems facing the United States are probably facing everyone in the International Symposium.

Another priority is data. CPSC has to be a data driven agency and needs increased resources from congress to increase capability to receive different types of data and do analysis of that data. Data helps to identify emerging hazards. Getting the agency modernized with data is a key component and priority. Data drives voluntary standards and other proactive actions. Despite the fact that so much of what the CPSC does has to do with injury and death, its important to remember, as an agency, we have to rely on data and science. That is how we do our best work. Look at data and identify where the emerging hazards are and address it with one of the tools we have to deal with the issue.

CPSC held a recall effectiveness workshop in August. Recall effectiveness is something that has been discussed but is an enigma. How do we measure recall effectiveness?  How do we get to the consumer? Its imperative to find ways to directly notify consumers (e.g. product registration or other means), through a best practices handbook for recalls. CPSC will continue to discuss this in order to get to some real solutions. Can recalls be tiered? Not all recalls are created equal. This is an ongoing discussion we will continue to have.

We all have a common interest in safety, we are all consumers, and we all have families, for whom we want safe products. That is the common goal. It is a great place to start. CPSC remains available to discuss solutions and issues with all stakeholders.

 

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I will provide additional summaries on our International Symposium in the days ahead.  I appreciate the assistance of Board Member and Symposium Chair Rod Freeman and his team from the Cooley law firm (Alex Radcliffe, Carol Roberts, Sarah-Jane Dobson, Fergal Duggin and Mark Deem), who helped plan and implement our Symposium. The notes provided by the Cooley team are much appreciated as I report on the activities that took place during the Symposium.  Any observations included about the Symposium are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Cooley or ICPHSO.

Regards,

Marc

 

 

 

Hello From Tokyo…

Day 2 of the ICPHSO International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan is underway.  With over 175 registered attendees and 40 speakers talking about all things product safety, this Symposium has been focused on safety in the product lifecycle.  We have heard or will be hearing from regulators within Japan, the United States, Canada, and the European Union.  The Internet of Things has been a prominent discussion point as well as the collaboration among safety and health professionals that is critical to reduce injuries and assure product safety.  I will provide a summary after the conclusion of the Symposium but wanted you to know that if you aren’t here in person, as a member of ICPHSO you will get access to the numerous presentations made during the Symposium.  Non-member attendees will have access for a limited time.  ICPHSO continues to be the global leader in bringing the product safety community together and we hope you all will take advantage of the platform we provide and join us in Orlando, Florida for our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.   We will kick off the celebration of our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee and want you to be a part of the conversation.

Regards,

Marc

3 Days to Tokyo!

ICPHSO’s first symposium in Tokyo is only three days away!  As I get ready to fly to our first International Symposium in Japan, I want to again thank our Symposium Planning Chairman, Rod Freeman and his team from Cooley, especially, Alex Radcliffe, Sara-Jane Dobson, Carol Roberts and Fergal Duggan and any others who I have missed, who have worked nearly around the clock it seems with the time differences between Washington, D.C., London and Tokyo, to make sure we will again have another successful Symposium.  Over 150 attendees are registered from 15 different countries, along with strong regulator participation and support from Japan,  South Korea, United States, Canada, the European Commission and the OECD.  This is truly an International Symposium and I look forward to the panels and speakers we have lined up to discuss safety in the product life cycle.

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The ICPHSO team including our Association Manager, Kimber Nation; Association Administrator, Tara Reddy; Sponsorship Manager, Heather Konya (who will be staying back at ICPHSO headquarters); President Rick Brenner;  President Elect and 2018 Symposium Planning Chair, Belinda May; Vice President Matt Howsare;  Past President Nancy Cowles; and Board Member Renee Chiang are already in Tokyo or will soon be joining me.  I appreciate the support they provide to me and ICPHSO everyday.  I am also looking forward to again seeing Ross Koeser, ICPHSO Founding Member and former Executive Director who is also attending the Symposium.

Registration for Tokyo will remain open and if you still want to join us there is still time to register both on-line or at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba where the Symposium is being held.

Safe travels for those of you attending and for those who are unable to join us in Tokyo, remembers its never too early to start making reservations and registering for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018!  Our 25th Anniversary and Silver Jubilee Year.

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Regards,

Marc