ICPHSO Regional Workshop Registration Now Open!

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Registration is now open for the ICPHSO Midwest Regional Training Workshop on July 11, 2019.  This one day workshop hosted by Saint Louis University, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Supply Chain Management Excellence, will focus on best practices, innovations in product safety and compliance.  With its theme “Gateway to Product Safety,” the training workshop is a must attend for product safety and health professionals.

While proposals for content for the day’s training are still being accepted, as in previous regional training workshops, we anticipate relevant and emerging safety issues to be discussed.  We want you to be a part of the conversation.  Register today and be sure to reserve your hotel room while rooms are still available.  If you have a proposal for an issue that should be considered for discussion, we still want to hear from you.  Submit your proposal today before the deadline.

Update on Questions and Polling At The 2019 Annual Symposium

During the recently held Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., the meeting app we used allowed for real time polling and questions.  We have now posted on line for members and symposium attendees (under the Resource Link on the website) the questions asked during each session as well as the polling results for your continued reference).  We hope you find this posting helpful as you conduct your day to day business.  We would also like to hear back from you if you think this posting is of value or have any suggestions on its future use.

2019 International Symposium

Be sure to save the date (October 24-25, 2019) when ICPHSO heads to Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland for our first International Symposium in Ireland.  We are excited to be working with Trinity’s School of Business and holding our two-day International Symposium on their historic campus, which is located in the heart of Dublin city centre.  As more details are available, the website will be updated.  For now,  be sure to Save the Date!

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Looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO 2019 Regional Workshop Call for Proposals Now Open

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ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization) is now accepting proposals for panel sessions at its 2019 Midwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop to be held in Saint Louis, Missouri on July 11, 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.

The theme of the Workshop is Gateway to Product Safety.” A large focus of the workshop will be best practices and innovations for the safety and compliance of consumer products. Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, distributor, consumer, regulator, NGO or service provider, we invite you to submit proposals. Proposals should attempt to incorporate the theme and focus where possible, but their inclusion is not mandatory.

Deadline for submissions: May 3, 2019

Selection and communication to Submitters:  May 23, 2019

PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS                                       PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO Conference Locations Wanted!

 

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Annual Symposium

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.

Regional Workshop:

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.

International Symposium:

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.

If you have any questions, please free to contact me at marc.schoem@icphso.org.  I would love to hear from you.

Regards,

Marc 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ICPHSO Announces Inclusion Initiative

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At the conclusion of ICPHSO’s 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop in Seattle, WA, Belinda May, President of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) announced a new Inclusion Initiative to be led by ICPHSO member, Carol Roberts, an Associate in Cooley’s London Litigation department, and part of the International Product Liability and Product Compliance Team.  Below are  notes from Carol’s kick off discussion explaining the newly announced initiative, which she presented at the Amazon Meeting Center, Seattle, Washington on June 19, 2018, after the one-day regional workshop.

Empowering others:  it’s about including those who aren’t or weren’t included in the conversation and decision making. 

  • Benefits of doing this are really well documented – what could this mean for product safety?
  • ICPHSO is already established as an organization that looks to include and involve:  we see this in the committees that chip in to make these conferences happen; in the range of panels and represented stakeholders and the emphasis on ensuring a broad range of voices are heard.
  • This will make my job easier – and harder!
  • What do we hope for, for this task force?
    • Hope to identify, develop and share best practices and experiences on what successful diversity and inclusion looks like.
    • Hope to continue to build on existing opportunities to network and learn from a diverse range of stakeholders and on a diverse range of topics.
    • Hope to continue to ensure ICPHSO’s place at the heart and forefront of thinking in the product safety community, with a strong focus and leading presence in this important area.
  • Inclusion is in the name and its the goal – I’d love to hear any ideas and welcome others getting involved.  Please do get in touch with me.  Here’s a link to my email address:  Carol Roberts.

As ICPHSO celebrates its 25th Silver Anniversary, we will apply 25 years of shared collaboration with the aim of taking ICPHSO’s longstanding commitment to stakeholder inclusion to an even higher level within the product safety community. Congratulations to Belinda May for proposing and implementing this initiative and to Carol Roberts for leading the initiative.  Please send your thoughts and ideas to Carol or me as we continue to move ICPHSO to an even higher level in the future.

Regards,

Marc

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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

ICPHSO Northwest Regional Workshop…

With less than 40 days to go, until the ICPHSO Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop in Seattle, WA, we are still accepting registrations on line, and encourage you to register early so we can get you into the Amazon Center on June 19, 2018, without any delays. Thanks to Amazon for hosting our Regional Workshop. We are looking forward to a full day of safety training and education by over 25 product safety professionals. Be sure to check out the agenda which is being updated as new information becomes available. I also want to recognize our sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support of ICPHSO. We still have sponsorships available if you want to join the list below and be among the group to highlight their goods and services in Seattle.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦ TUV Rheinland

Gold: ♦ STC

Angel Gold: ♦ Amazon ♦ Free Bananas

Silver: ♦ Cooley LLP

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

Scholarships: ♦ Insight Quality Services ♦ 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

I look forward to seeing you in Seattle, and don’t forget to save the date for our upcoming International Symposium, November 12-13, 2018 in Brussels.

Regards,

Marc