ICPHSO-ASTM Age Grading Roundtable Registration Now Open….

Roundtable on Products & the Appeal to Children:  Applications & Consequences

ICPHSO is pleased to again join with ASTM to bring you a free one day workshop on age grading.   Age determination is a critical step in the development of children’s products. But the appeal of a product to children is also important to consider in the development of general use products. This session will explore new research and the CPSC’s updated age-grading guidelines, as well as how those may be informative for general use products, and the consequences of “getting it wrong”.

This free workshop is open to all but you must pre-register with ASTM to attend.  The workshop is being hosted at the Law Offices of Covington & Burling, 850 10th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.  The workshop is being held from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch.  Hotel accommodations have not been arranged so you will need to make your own hotel arrangements.  There are several hotels near the meeting site.  Check the Covington website for details.

This roundtable continues the collaboration between ICPHSO and the ASTM F157100 Liquid Laundry Packets Subcommittee, which have previously sponsored workshops on Voluntary Standards, Information and Education Programs and the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.

Click Here for the Agenda

Click Here To Register

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2018.

A reminder that ICPHSO’s 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop is being held on June 19, 2018, hosted by Amazon at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle, Washington.  Submit your proposal today for the workshop.

More information can be found HERE.




2018 Northwest Regional Workshop “Call For Presentations” Now Open!

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ICPHSO is now accepting proposals for our 2018 Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop, June 19, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.   The Regional Training Workshop is hosted by Amazon and will be held at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle.  ICPHSO is excited to bring our Regional Workshop back to Seattle and again work with Board Member DE Fenton, who is the Workshop Planning Committee Chairman.   Here’s the link for the Call for Presentations.  Hotel, Registration, Sponsorship and Exhibitor information is coming soon.  Check the ICPHSO Event Page for updated information.



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.






Welcome 2018…

Happy New Year 2018

It’s hard to believe there are less than 50 days until ICPHSO’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018.  We are in the home stretch now in our planning for Orlando and the kick-off of our 25th Anniversary year.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so today. The registration rate goes up February 2, 2018 so you want to take advantage of the lower rates today.  Remember also, ICPHSO members also receive a significant registration rate discount.   Hotel rooms with the ICPHSO reduced room rate at the Hyatt Grand Cypress are starting to sell out on certain days, so be sure to make your room reservation as well.  We still have exhibitor space and always welcome additional sponsors.  Don’t forget to also sign up for the special 25th anniversary networking event at Splitsville in Disney Springs costing only a nominal $25.00 charge for drinks, food, bowling, games and the opportunity to visit with your colleagues and peers on a less formal basis.  Space is limited so sign up to attend when you register for the Symposium.  Bus transportation to and from Disney Springs is being provided by ICPHSO.  If you are having difficulty registering for the Symposium or the Splitsville event, feel free to use the registration form listed on our website and send it to us for processing.

The agenda for the week is updated on a daily basis, so be sure to check out the updated Schedule Here.

On behalf of ICPHSO, I wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!  I look forward to seeing you all in a much warmer Orlando, Florida.



Hello From Tokyo…

Day 2 of the ICPHSO International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan is underway.  With over 175 registered attendees and 40 speakers talking about all things product safety, this Symposium has been focused on safety in the product lifecycle.  We have heard or will be hearing from regulators within Japan, the United States, Canada, and the European Union.  The Internet of Things has been a prominent discussion point as well as the collaboration among safety and health professionals that is critical to reduce injuries and assure product safety.  I will provide a summary after the conclusion of the Symposium but wanted you to know that if you aren’t here in person, as a member of ICPHSO you will get access to the numerous presentations made during the Symposium.  Non-member attendees will have access for a limited time.  ICPHSO continues to be the global leader in bringing the product safety community together and we hope you all will take advantage of the platform we provide and join us in Orlando, Florida for our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.   We will kick off the celebration of our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee and want you to be a part of the conversation.



19 Days to Tokyo!

2017 International Symposium – November 14-15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan:

The final countdown for our first International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan is on.  With only 19 days to go, now is the time to register if you haven’t already.  We are putting the final touches on the agenda and adding additional speakers who will provide their expertise and complement the speakers already announced.  Be sure to check out the agenda for Tokyo which continues to be updated daily.  With keynote presentations from high level Japanese government regulators and representatives from 15 countries attending, this is the international safety conference to attend.  Register today while there is still time!

2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium – February 20-23, 2018, Orlando, Florida:

Registration and hotel room reservations will open up soon – keep checking the website for updates.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are open with some being limited availability.  Don’t delay on your decision to become a sponsor at our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee kick-off Symposium.  Stay tuned for additional information.