33 Days To Go!

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Time is running out to register for the 2018 ICPHSO International Symposium!  The deadline for on-line registration is October 19, 2018.  There won’t be any late registrations or on site registrations in Brussels due to security requirements.  With over 20 countries represented by product safety professionals and nearly 40 subject matter experts speaking, you can’t afford to miss this training and networking opportunity.  Check out the ICPHSO website for updated Symposium Highlights and the latest agenda information. 

Register today and be a part of the product safety conversation!

Regards.

Marc

 

 

Leadership Skills Wanted….

 

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Are you looking for an opportunity to share your leadership skills and contribute to the success and development of the product safety community? Consider serving on the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

ICPHSO is proud of its position as the only global organization whose mission is to bring together product safety stakeholders in a neutral forum for education, training, and networking. To further our mission, we are seeking members to serve on the Board of Directors for an initial three-year term, beginning in February 2019. As an ICPHSO Board member you will help set policies, goals, and objectives, and be instrumental in shaping the direction the organization.

The Nominating Committee invites you to apply for vacant positions. To learn more about being a member of the ICPHSO Board, read the job announcement, and the job description and responsibilities for Board members. Please also read the application for candidacy and if you feel you qualify, complete the application form, and submit it along with a current résumé by Friday, November 30, 2018.

As a reminder, ICPHSO is also still seeking potential panelists who are interested in participating in our 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., February 25-28, 2018.  Complete this questionnaire to be placed on a resource list provided to session moderators who may be in need of a speaker with your qualifications.

And finally, don’t forget registration for ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium, November 12-13, 2018 closes October 19, 2018. You won’t want to miss our return to Brussels, as we partner with the European Commission during International Product Safety Week and participate in this global training and networking conference.  Registration, Agenda, and additional information can be found on the ICPHSO Website.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO International Symposium

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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.

Click here for Registration

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for Hotel Information

Regards,

Marc Schoem

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Make Plans Now For Brussels!

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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!

Regards,

Marc

Thanks NW Regional Workshop Sponsors and Exhibitors!

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Thanks to ICPHSO sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support of our 2018 Northwest Regional Workshop.   Registration has now closed and there will be no on-site registration.  If you weren’t able to make it to Seattle, we hope to see you at our International Symposium, November 12-13, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

SPONSORS
Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦ TUV Rheinland

Gold: ♦ STC

Angel: ♦ Amazon ♦ Free Bananas ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ Prime Line ♦ ♦Starbucks ♦Sunrise Identity

Silver: ♦ Cooley LLP

Friends: ♦ ADK Information Services ♦ Arnold & Porter ♦ Bureau Veritas ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦ Venable LLP

Scholarships: ♦ Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) ♦ Recall Results ♦ Belinda May/Ralph Spitz ♦ Law Office of Alan H. Schoem LLC ♦ Venable LLP

Conference Bag: ♦ STC

Nametag Lanyards: ♦ Cooley

EXHIBITORS
♦ CTI (Centre Testing International) ♦ ESI ♦ Eurofins ♦ ICIX ♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Contributors ♦ Recall Results ♦STC ♦ Stericycle ♦ TUV Rheinland

ICPHSO appreciates the support of all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees and look forward to seeing registered attendees in Seattle.

Regards,

Marc

2018 Northwest Regional Workshop – Registration Deadline 6/13/18!

 

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2018 ICPHSO Northwest Regional Training Workshop
Hosted by Amazon, Seattle, WA
June 19, 2018  – 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Registered Attendees – Check in at Amazon Meeting Center beginning at 7:00 am

REGISTRATION DEADLINE JUNE 13, 2018!

Registration for the 2018 ICPHSO Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop ends June 13, 2018. There will be no on-site registration. If you plan to attend the Workshop, you must register in advance by Wednesday, June 13, 2018. After that date, we will no longer accept any registrations either on-line or at the Workshop.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Regards,

Marc

Themes….

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Have you wondered why ICPHSO uses a theme for each of our three product safety conferences, and how they fit into our planning and implementation of these conferences?    This thought came to me recently as we announced the theme for our 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium being held February 25-28, 2019, in Washington, D.C..  Lets take a look at the themes recently announced:

2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Workshop, Seattle, Washington : “Product Safety in the Information Age:  Employing Better Data for Better Understanding and Solutions”

2018 International Symposium, Brussels, Belgium: “Alignment and Inclusion in a Divergent World”

2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, Washington, D.C. “United for Safety”

Each of these themes were chosen  so we could focus on an area of interest to our broad stakeholder base.

For Seattle, we wanted to tap into technology issues recognizing a number of our stakeholders in the Northwestern United States and Canada focus on technology in their design and distribution of products, as well as data collection.  This seemed like a natural area for us to focus on in this region of the country.

For Brussels, we wanted to recognize our stakeholders efforts to encourage discussion of global alignment of product safety issues, but at the same time recognize who ICPHSO represents and how we want to continue to ensure we represent all stakeholders and bring their often opposite points of view to the forefront at each of our conferences.

For Washington, D.C., we went for the simple theme of recognizing what ICPHSO’s stakeholders believe and want to achieve. While Washington may not always be in agreement, ICPHSO provides the platform for health and safety professionals to come together to learn from each other, be trained in areas that may not be familiar to all and to address emerging safety issues that might not otherwise be discussed with regulators and others.

For each of our conferences we ask that the proposals you submit relate to the announced theme, although you shouldn’t necessarily feel constrained by that theme.  Use it as a guideline for your proposals and we hope when you do submit a proposal that you recognize what we are trying to achieve and relate the proposal as best you can.

Here’s some upcoming dates to keep you informed:

June 19, 2018 – Our one day Northwest Regional Workshop is almost here.  If you plan on attending, register on line as soon as possible so we can get you into the Amazon Meeting Center as quickly as possible.  Those who are pre-registered this week shouldn’t experience any delays in entry.  We will accept registration submission on line until June 19th.

June 29, 2018 – Deadline for submission of proposals for the 2018 International Symposium in Brussels, Belgium, November 12-13, 2018.  Submit your proposal today and be a part of the global safety community meeting in Brussels during the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week.  Registration and sponsorship information will be announced in the near future.

2019 Annual Symposium, Washington, D.C. – The theme “United for Safety” has been selected and the Call For Presentations will be announced soon.  Check the ICPHSO website for further updates on proposal submissions and deadlines for the Annual Symposium.

Looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Regards,

Marc