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

ICPHSO International Symposium: October 24-25, 2019, Dublin, Ireland, Sponsor Update – Registration Still Available!

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With less than a month to go until we hold our 2019 International Symposium at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland on October 24-25, 2019, our agenda is packed with critical and much needed product safety information that every product safety professional can use.

Hear from our distinguished  keynote speakers, including the newly elected President of ANEC, the CEO and President of  GE Appliances, and  the CEO of the XR Association.  The agenda also features a return of the Global Regulator Panel who will update our attendees on the latest developments in product safety worldwide.

The conference includes a pre-symposium welcome reception sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran as well as a Reception and Tour at the Guinness Storehouse, sponsored by ICIX and GE Appliances/Potomac Law Group.  Both of these networking events are included in the price of registration as are all conference materials.

ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, for the 2019 International Symposium on October 24-25, 2019.   We still have sponsorship’s and exhibit space available.

SPONSORS

Emerald: ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦

Guinness Tour and Reception: ♦ ICIX ♦ GE Appliances/Potomac Law Group ♦

Platinum: ♦ Cooley LLP ♦ Hogan Lovells LLP ♦ Oculus ♦

Gold: ♦ TUV SUD ♦

Friends: ♦  Dentons US LLP ♦  The Toy Association ♦

Scholarship: ♦ Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ The Toy Association ♦ Wood MacMillan Charitable Fund ♦

Meeting App: ♦ Cooley LLP 
Conference Bag: ♦
TUV SUD ♦
Lanyard: ♦ Mason Hayes & Curran ♦
Pre Workshop Reception:  ♦
Mason Hayes & Curran ♦

EXHIBITORS

♦ api:SgT
♦ Compliance & Risks
♦ Cooley LLP
♦ Hogan Lovells LLP
♦ ICW
♦ Marketpoint Recall
♦ Mason Hayes & Curran
♦ Oculus
♦ TUV SUD

Register today .and join product safety professionals from around the globe.  Agenda Information Here.

Looking forward to seeing you in Dublin!

Regards,

Marc

Summer With ICPHSO

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Historically August is a slow month where you are able to take some time off and recharge your batteries for the fall and winter season.  For ICPHSO, August is one of the busiest months of the year.  We are a little over two months away from our International Symposium @Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (October 24-25, 2019) and about six months away from our 2020 Annual Training Meeting and Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida (February 18-21, 2020).  Here’s an update on these two upcoming conferences as well as some other things going on in the world of ICPHSO.

2019 International Symposium – October 24-25, 2019:

Symposium Planning Chair, Rod Freeman and his committee are now reviewing more than 20 proposal submissions that will fill the two days of the International Symposium.  An agenda will be posted soon. We have announced the initial key note speakers that will provide presentations from the consumer and industry perspectives.  Additional keynote speakers will be announced representing other stakeholder groups within our organization. Registration is now open as well as Sponsorship opportunities.  Sponsorships help defray the cost of our registration and as a result we can keep the rate significantly lower. Thanks to all of our sponsors who are committed to providing all stakeholders training and networking opportunities.   ICPHSO Sponsorship Manager, Dana Groves would be happy to discuss available opportunities with you.  This is ICPHSO’s first conference in Ireland and we are looking forward to being at Trinity College.  Our registration fees are minimal and members receive a discount.   Register today to be a part of ICPHSO’s first training opportunity in Dublin.

2020 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium – February 18-21, 2020:

Symposium Planning Chair and President Elect, Rick Rosati is busy at work planning for our 2020 return to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.  A Call for Proposals will be going out shortly and we are looking forward to receiving your proposals for our Annual Symposium.  We generally receive more than 50 proposals for our Annual Symposium and the content proposed always includes emerging issues and relevant topics to the product safety community.  I encourage you all to submit a proposal especially on new or emerging issues that may not have been presented previously.  Updated information will be posted on line here.

CPSC Consumer Product Safety Training for Buyers and Sourcing Professionals – September 17-18, 2019:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a free training seminar in September in Guangzhou, China.  Partnering with the European Commission, CPSC will be offering this two day free training so government representatives can share important product requirements and standards as well as industry representatives sharing their insights and experiences on product safety.  Registration information can be found here.  The deadline to register is September 5, 2019.

ICPHSO Membership:

As you can see, August continues to be a busy month for ICPHSO.  If you aren’t a member of ICPHSO, I encourage you to look at becoming a member and taking advantage of the benefits membership provides.  Additional details can be found here.

I hope you are able to take some time off during the month and take a few minutes to check out our upcoming conferences and be a part of the product safety conversation.  With your support and participation, we will continue to bring you the topics for discussion that product safety and health professionals require.  Please feel free to contact us at info@icphso.org with comments or suggestions.

Have a safe and restful August,

Marc

ICPHSO Midwest Regional Training Workshop – July 11, 2019 – Space Available!

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With less than three weeks to go, the ICPHSO Midwest Regional Training Workshop will be the place to be on July 11, 2019.  Hosted by and at St. Louis University, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Excellence, this training workshop is shaping up to be one of the best yet.  With the recent news about CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle’s term ending at the end of September, 2019, ICPHSO is fortunate to have her as our keynote speaker during the workshop.  The update by the Acting Chairman will give all attendees an inside look at the agency she has been associated with for the last six years and as its Acting Chairman for the past 2.5 years.  

The workshop sessions will cover a number of current product safety issues, including the CPSC Data Breach and what it means for the future of section 6(b); Product Safety Lessons that can be learned as a result of the recent Boeing 737 Max 8 issues and how the problems uncovered with the Max 8 is a good lesson for all product safety professionals to understand and address with their own consumer products; Biometric Data Privacy Laws affects all consumers and is something all product safety professionals need to pay attention to as more and more States start addressing the issue; and we expect a robust discussion on Why Effective Recalls Are So Hard to Achieve.  We are also fortunate to be able to hear about a topic that all product designers, manufacturers, and test labs especially should pay attention to on Gender Differences in the Toddlers Ability to Open Child Resistant Packages.  This special presentation shares new data that reveals interesting information about gender behavior when testing child resistant packages.  The information learned is relevant to all who do product safety testing and consumer product packaging and is not limited to those who produce or sell products in CR packaging.

As you can see, Planning Chairman and ICPHSO Board Member, Xiao Chen and her planning committee have selected very current and topical sessions for our regional training workshop.  Space is still available as are hotel rooms.  Don’t delay register today.  Registered attendees will also be able to participate in a pre-workshop reception on
July 10, 2019,  at the MOTO Museum right off the SLU campus.  This museum features a private collection of unique motorcycles obtained from over 20 countries from around the globe covering almost 100 years of motorcycle history. The museum is a celebration of the form, function, evolution, and elegance of the motorcycle.

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2019 Midwest Regional Training Workshop.  Click here for Registration Information.  Click here to see the latest AGENDA.  Thanks also to our Sponsors and Exhibitors, whose support allows us to continue to bring these training conferences at the lowest possible rate so all safety professionals can take advantage of the opportunities presented at the workshop.

Regards,

Marc

 

 

 

 

 

ICPHSO International Symposium Call for Proposals Now Open!

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ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization) is now accepting proposals for sessions at its 2019 International Symposium – Shaping the Future in Times of International Change to be held in Dublin, Ireland, October 24-25, 2019. Proposals must be non-commercial in nature and must pertain to topics of interest to the worldwide consumer product safety community. Proposals can be submitted for general plenary sessions and breakout sessions.

Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, distributor, consumer representative, regulator, NGO or service provider, we invite you to submit proposals. Some possible themes for sessions are below, but they are only suggestions and should not deter the proposal of relevant and innovative content.

  • International Co-operation
  • New Technologies
  • Impact of social media on product safety
  • Trends in international regulation
  • Sector-specific issues and trends
  • Best practices in managing product safety
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Raising the profile of product safety within institutions and the community
  • Product Recall Effectiveness

Overview of Requirements & Guidelines for Proposal Submissions:

  • Proposals must be complete and meet the minimum character count;
  • Suggested speakers and their affiliation must be included with all proposals;
  • Do not commit a speaking role to suggested speakers until approved;
  • Discuss new and widely relevant topics;
  • Draw on a wide and diverse pool of subject matter experts;
  • Incorporate interactive content & audience participation;
  • Sessions are restricted to a maximum of three speakers and one moderator
  • Moderators must be ICPHSO members to participate
  • No registration fee waiver for speaking;
  • No sales pitches or attacks;
  • Use the mobile meeting app for Q&A and dedicate time for Q&A in each session.

Detailed Requirements & Guidelines for Proposal Submissions:

ICPHSO typically receives a significantly greater number of proposals for its programs than the schedules will accommodate.  Through the processes described below, successful proposals will be selected taking into account the following criteria:

  • Propose New and Widely Relevant Topics. ICPHSO thrives on providing new and widely relevant information to attendees. Proposals must strive to provide fresh content and avoid repeating topics from previous ICPHSO agendas unless there have been major new developments. Proposals based on specific issues or sectors should indicate how those issues apply more broadly and can be useful to a wide range of
  • Draw on a Wide and Diverse Pool of Subject Matter Experts. In accordance with ICPHSO’s mission and policies, proposals must be inclusive of the diversity within ICPHSO’s membership and conference attendees. Proposals should strive to include speakers that (a) represent a range of stakeholder groups and perspectives; (b) provide geographical and human diversity; and (c) haven’t presented at a previous ICPHSO event.  Proposals with recommended moderators and speakers that do not meet this requirement may not be selected or, if selected, may be modified by the Planning Chairman and ICPHSO Executive Committee. Speakers and moderators suitable for selection will have demonstrable experience and expertise in the subject matter.
  • Incorporate Interactive Content & Audience Participation. Proposals that incorporate interactive content, encourage audience participation, and facilitate interaction among speakers will be given strongest consideration. The use of the ICPHSO meeting app for Q&A and the reservation of enough time for Q&A is required. The use of PowerPoint presentations alone and lecture format is highly discouraged. Each proposed session should build in at least 15 minutes for questions and interactive discussion with attendees.
  • Sessions are restricted to a maximum of three speakers and one moderator. If the moderator is expected to have a speaking/presentation role then the session is restricted to a maximum of two speakers and one moderator/speaker.
  • Speakers and Moderators Can Only Participate in One Session throughout the program.
  • Moderators must be ICPHSO members. ICPHSO membership is a requirement in order to be a moderator unless an exception is made by the Planning Chairman and ICPHSO’s Executive Director.
  • No Registration Fee Waiver for Speaking. Moderators and Speakers who are attending the meeting are expected to pay the appropriate registration fee that applies to them in accordance with ICPHSO Scholarship assistance may be available if a moderator or speaker is unable to pay the appropriate registration fee depending upon available scholarship contributions.
  • Incomplete Proposals will Not Be Accepted. Proposals must meet the minimum character count and must identify specific speaker recommendations.

Proposal Selection Process:

An initial round of weighting presentations will be performed by the Planning Chairman and the ICPHSO Executive Committee. Suggestions for speakers on proposed topics are strongly considered, speakers for any successful proposal will be chosen at the discretion of the ICPHSO Executive Committee to ensure each session meets ICPHSO’s criteria, including that it reflects the diversity of ICPHSO membership and conference attendees. Proposed speakers must represent different stakeholder groups to reflect balance and all points of view.  Speaker commitments should not be extended to speakers until after review of the recommended speakers by the Symposium Planning Chairman and ICPHSO Executive Committee

Timeline: 

Deadline for submissions:  July 3, 2019

Selection and communication to submitter : On or about July 26, 2019

 Questions: 

Please email:  info@icphso.org

Submitting Proposals:

Submit your proposal at this link:  Proposal Submission Form. Once completed, press the Submit button.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO Midwest Regional Training Workshop Sponsors and Exhibitors

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ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us  at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, at our 2019 Regional Training Workshop on July 11, 2019.The Workshop is hosted by Saint Louis University, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Excellence. The support our sponsors, exhibitors and host 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 ♦

Gold: ♦ Eurofins/MET Labs ♦  HUSCH Blackwell LLP ♦

Friends: ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc. ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ ServiceLive, Inc.♦ Quality Certification Alliance ♦

Scholarship: ♦ Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz ♦  David & Johnna Kosnoff ♦ Nelson Mullins ♦ Recall Results ♦ STC  ♦ Stericycle Expert Solutions ♦

Pre Workshop Reception Snack/Drink: ICIX ♦
Notepad: Eurofins/MET Labs  ♦
Welcome  Kit: Husch Blackwell LLP ♦

EXHIBITORS

♦ Cleartrack Information Services
♦ ESI
♦ ICIX
♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Sponsors
♦ Saint Louis University, Center for Supply Chain Management Studies
♦ STC Group

Click Here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Register today to attend the Workshop.  Agenda Information Here

Looking forward to seeing you in Saint Louis!

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