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 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

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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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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