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.






ICPHSO 2018 Annual Symposium: This is going to be BIG!

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2018 ICPHSO Annual Meeting and Training Symposium
25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee

February 20 – 23, 2018
Orlando, Florida
“Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age:
Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future”

Highlights of this year’s Symposium include:
• Kick-off the ICPHSO 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Year with special ICPHSO gifts for all attendees
Anniversary event at Splitsville, Disney Springs: Wednesday, February 21 (nominal charge to attend; free bus transportation provided; games and refreshments included; limited space available). Register during Symposium registration
CPSC beginner (and refresher) compliance course during lunch on Tues., Feb.  20
• CPSC Morning – Thursday, February 22
Historic Tri-Lateral MOU signing by Health Canada, PROFECO, and CPSC
First Timer Breakfast featuring special prizes
• Attendee poling, surveys, and engagement during selected sessions
• Interactive lunch event: Friday, February 23
• 25th Anniversary trivia and prizes throughout the Symposium
Learn from the experts: More than 100 product safety professionals share their expertise during plenary and breakout sessions
• More than 30 exhibitors displaying services and goods
Check the Symposium Schedule for the latest updates. Take advantage of early bird registration rates and Register today. Don’t delay-reserve your hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Register online or complete this Registration Form and submit it to

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor? Contact for all the details. Scholarship contributions are needed to assist safety and health professionals who may not otherwise be able to attend. To assure all stakeholders are represented at our meetings, please consider making a scholarship donation.

This is a must-attend event for all global health and safety professionals to get the latest information, education, and training involving product safety issues. We can’t wait to see you in Orlando!


Marc Schoem                                               Belinda May
Executive Director                                     President Elect/Symposium Planning Chair








Historic Tri-Lateral Memorandum Of Understanding to be Signed at 2018 ICPHSO Annual Symposium….

ICPHSO BREAKING NEWS- December 15, 2017:

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ICPHSO’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018, will be the location for the signing of a historic Tri-lateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Product Safety by representatives from Health Canada, PROFECO and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This MOU between Canada, Mexico, and the United States further establishes the ongoing relationship between the three North America agencies that are responsible for product safety.

Be a witness to history! Don’t miss the historic MOU signing  on Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2018,  during “International Day” activities at for the Symposium. Register today at: Annual Symposium Registration.