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.
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.
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.
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