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

Only 113 days to Seattle!

Can you believe it?  Here we are only a few days out of our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium and only 113 days to go (June 19, 2018)  until our Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop at Amazon in Seattle, Washington.  Board Members DE Fenton and Renee Chiang are actively working on the Northwest Regional Meeting.  We hope to roll out our theme, call for presentations and hotel information in the next couple of weeks.  At the same time, Board Member Rod Freeman is working with the European Commission (EC) to further develop ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium November 12-13, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.  The EC’s International Product Safety Week takes place November 12-15, 2018.  As details become available, I will report on them.   We are also working again with ASTM to develop a one-day workshop on April 13, 2018 at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. on age label guidelines.  You will want to save the date and not miss this unique one day workshop which will include experts in this area.

2018 Symposium Highlights:

From Tutorials to our Key Note speakers on Block Chain Technology and the CPSC, we think we offered something for everyone last week during the kick-off of our 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Year.   Belinda May, as Symposium Planning Chair and now President,  really put on a  great training meeting. It will certainly be hard to top what we did, although I am confident we certainly will try!  We are working hard to upload all the final presentations and provide an updated final Symposium attendee list as soon as we can.  We had over 825 attendees from 18 countries in attendance and I want to thank each of you for the choice you made to attend our Annual Symposium.  The support you provide allows us to bring you the type of content filled Symposia you have come to expect from us.  Incoming President Matt Howsare is already working on our 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium which will be held Monday, February 25 through Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Marriott Renaissance Downtown, Washington, DC.  We were last at this hotel in 2016 and we are looking forward to our return next year.

I wanted to reference a few highlights from our 2018 Annual Symposium.

Tutorials included, CPSC Compliance Beginners and Refresher course; sessions on the regulation of Drones; Lithium Ion Batteries; Ethics and Product Safety; Leveraging the Reach of Health and Human Service Providers to Enhance Consumer Product Safety and How to Make Retailers Happy among others.

New ICPHSO Executive Committee Officers include:  President:  Belinda May, Dentons LLC; President Elect and 2019 Symposium Planning Chairman: Matt Howsare, Mintz Levin; and Vice President:  Rick Rosati, Bureau Veritas. New ICPHSO Board Members include: Tabatha Bauer, Staples; Andy Church, Insight Quality Services; Don Huber, Consumer Reports; and Matt Smith, ICIX.  Read the Press Release Here

Also,we want to welcome to the Board as Ex-Officio Members, Geoff Barrett, Health Canada and Carol Cave, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

We were honored to be able to provide Health Canada, PROFECO and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission the opportunity to sign a trilateral memo of understanding at our Symposium which will promote consumer product safety in North America.  We were all  witness to something quite historic as a result. Read the Press Release Here

We also announced that Carol-Pollack Nelson was the recipient of the 2018 Ross Koeser Achievement Award.  The award, named after one of our Founders and First Executive Director annually recognizes a member for their significant contributions to ICPHSO.  Carol indeed exemplifies this through her work as a volunteer, former Board Member and President.  Carol also was the coordinator of our very successful 25th Anniversary Splitsville Bowling event, attended by some 350 of our attendees.  The food, drinks, bowling, games, deserts,  and company was outstanding.   ICPHSO also announced a special service award that was given to long-term member Bruce Farquhar for his continued outstanding in assuring ICPHSO has a global presence especially with international regulators.

And finally, who can forget our 25th anniversary year kick off fireworks event held Tuesday evening after our welcome reception.  Over ten minutes of up close and personal fireworks celebrating ICPHSO and its anniversary.  Our thanks again to John Rogers, Executive Director, AFSL and PYROTECNICO for a show we won’t soon forget.  It was a great way to kick off our anniversary year.

Thanks again to all attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, gift card and gift bag sponsors and a special thanks to Association Manager, Kimber Nation;  Association Administrator, Tara Reddy ; and to Yvette Duron and Emma Celeste for assisting us during the Symposium.  Without the continued support and assistance from Kimber and Tara, this meeting would never have taken place.   I hope to provide more updates on specific sessions in the future as well as update you on upcoming events.  Follow my blog for updates.

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