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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Carol Roberts speaking at ICPHSO NW Regional Workshop Reception on June 19, 2018

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

ICPHSO Northwest Regional Workshop Agenda Set

The 2018 ICPHSO Northwest Regional Training Workshop Planning Committee has come up with six compelling training panels to be presented on June 19, 2018, at the Amazon Center in Seattle, Washington.  Panel speakers and additional details are being finalized and will be posted when available.  The panels include topics in program areas that include: Risk Assessment; Emerging Issues; Regulatory Compliance and Recall Effectiveness; Supply Chain; IoT and Import Targeting.  We are also pleased that CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle will be delivering our luncheon keynote presentation.

More than 20 proposals were submitted, and while it was difficult to limit our selections, the panels will be most compelling and of interest to our broad array of stakeholders.  In addition to a welcome reception the evening before the workshop, there will be a port tour of Seattle conducted by representatives from CPSC and CBP.  Limited space is available and we will be notifying those who registered and indicated an interest in participating in the tour shortly.  Registration remains open, hotel rooms are limited and sponsorships are still available,  With less than 7 weeks to go, act now to be part of the conversation.

At the conclusion of the workshop, ICPHSO will host an “Information and Inclusion” Reception for all attendees, reinforcing the mission and vision of ICPHSO to provide a neutral forum for all product safety stakeholders to learn, network and share information.  We hope you can stay and join us.

Thanks to the following companies and organizations who are sponsors for the workshop.  We have additional space left as well as promotional items if you are interested in further supporting ICPHSO.  Sponsorships help keep the cost down for our attendees and allows us to provide funding for people and organizations that might  not otherwise be able to participate in our safety conferences so all voices can be heard.

Diamond Sponsor:   ICIX; TUV Rheinland

Host and Angel Sponsor:  Amazon

Friend Sponsor:  ADK Information Services; Bureau Veritas; Dentons US LLP; Product Safety Letter (PSL)

Scholarship Sponsor:  Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz; Insight Quality Services; Recall Results; Law Office of Alan H Schoem LLC

Exhibitors:  CTI (Centre Testing International); ESi; Eurofins; ICIX; Recall Results; Stericycle; TUV Rheinland;

Looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Regards,

Marc

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2018 ICPHSO Northwest Regional Workshop Registration Now Open

ICPHSORegionalWorkshop2018_BrandingTwitter_Header (003)Registration is now open for ICPHSO’s 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop being held at Amazon Center, in Seattle, Washington on June 19, 2018.  We are also seeking sponsors and exhibitors for the workshop.  An ICPHSO group hotel rate is also now available for booking.

ICPHSO received over twenty proposed panels for the Workshop and Board Member DE Fenton and her subcommittee of ICPHSO member volunteers are reviewing the submissions and will be making selections soon.  Once selections are made, ICPHSO will post the planned agenda listing the panels selected for the Workshop.

In the meantime, don’t delay registering (ICPHSO members receive a significant discount), booking your hotel room, and signing up as one of our sponsors and/or exhibitors.  Here the links to get you where you need to go:

2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop Event Information

2018 Northwest Workshop Registration    (Click the Register Now Button On The Left Side)

2018 Northwest Hotel Registration

2018 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

When registering for the Workshop, be sure to clear your browsing history and log in using your member account information.  Non Member new attendees to the Workshop will have to create an account in order to register for the event.  I hope you will consider joining ICPHSO as a member and receive a discount on your registration for the Northwest Workshop as well as future ICPHSO conferences.

Let me know if you need any further information or assistance.  Watch this blog for details on the panels that will be scheduled for the Northwest Regional Workshop.

Regards,

Marc