ICPHSO Website Changes Coming…

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With ICPHSO’s 2018 International Symposium just a couple of weeks away, registration closed and the schedule now finalized, ICPHSO will be updating our website over the next couple of weeks.  While visitors to our website should still be able to access information concerning Brussels, and when posted, our upcoming 2019 Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., members will not be able to log in to your account on line until the upgrade to our website is complete.   We are excited about the opportunity to be able to provide our stakeholders an updated website in the coming weeks.   Once our website is completed, new account information will be sent to each member so you can access your information on the website.  Continue to watch this blog as well as our Twitter and my LinkedIn account for updates on the status of the website.

Also, a reminder that we are still taking applications (until November 30, 2018) for ICPHSO Board Member positions.  If you are interested in working in a volunteer capacity for the only global organization dedicated to consumer product safety, please submit an application.  Generally, we do receive more applications than we have space, and many of our existing board members didn’t get in on the first try, so don’t be deterred if your application hasn’t been accepted in the past or isn’t this time around.  An organization is only as strong as the people who participate, and we are fortunate to have many active volunteers who share our passion for product safety.

For those of you who responded to our questionnaire for panelists for our 2019 Annual Symposium, thanks and know that your name and expertise will be shared with session moderators once the sessions have been selected for Symposium.  The ICPHSO Executive Committee will be reviewing the recommendations over the next couple of weeks and we hope to announce the proposal selections very soon.  Standby for more information.

I hope to see you at a future ICPHSO event.

Regards,

Marc

 

ICPHSO International Symposium Sponsors and Exhibitors – Thank you!

ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us in Brussels at our 2018 International Symposium on November 12-13, 2018. The support they provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors and join us in Brussels.

SPONSORS

Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦ ICW

Platinum: ♦ Cooley LLP ♦ STC ♦ Oculus

Gold: ♦ TÜV SÜD

Silver: ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ Exponent ♦ The Toy Association

Friends: ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦ Electrical Safety First (UK)

Scholarship: ♦ ADK Information Services LLC/Saint Louis University Supply Chain Center

♦ Belinda May/Ralph Spitz

Angel: ♦ Jakks Pacific ♦ Free Bananas ♦ Insight Quality Services

Conference Bag: ♦ TÜV SÜD

Nametag Lanyards: ♦ European Commission

Meeting App and Voting App: ♦ Cooley  LLP

EXHIBITORS

♦ Compliance and Risks

♦ Cooley LLP

♦ Hogan Lovells International LLP

♦ ICIX

♦ ICW

♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Contributors

♦ Marketpoint Recall

♦ STC

Click here for sponsor and exhibitor information

Registration deadline to attend the International Symposium was extended by the European Commission.  Registration remains open for a very short period of time. 

REGISTRATION

See you in Brussels!

Regards,

Marc

European Commission Extends ICPHSO Registration Deadline!

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Thanks to the European Commission extending our International Symposium registration deadline, you have a few more days to register if you still want to attend this important global training and networking opportunity.  Highlights of Symposium:

  • Product safety regulators and safety professionals representing 35 countries
  • Over 40 safety and health professional Speakers
  • Over 200 global safety attendees representing manufacturers, importers, retailers, testing labs, certification and standards organizations, regulators, trade associations, consumer organizations, advocacy groups, academia and health researchers, lawyers, consultants and many others
  • Keynote presentations from European Commissioner Věra Jourová and CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle
  • Plenary and Breakout sessions covering wide variety of topics including:
    • Tracking Big Data in EU’s Digital Single Market
    • Social Media and Product Misuse
    • Traceability of Products in the EAEU, EU and USA
    • Interactive Product Safety Crisis Simulation
    • Use of Historical Data to Establish Tolerable Risk
    • Safety of Toys and Taking Steps Towards Alignment  and other topics
  • International Product Safety Week Activities including the following:
    • Global Regulator Panel Discussion
    • Market Surveillance
    • Product Safety Networking Dinner Sponsored by the European Commission at Noble Palace
    • Joint OECD-EC Conference on IoT and Product Safety
    • Product Safety On-Line

REGISTER HERE

Looking forward to seeing you in Brussels!

Regards,

Marc

 

 

Not so funny…

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Spam email! Everybody seems to get them and unfortunately they have became something we seem to experience every day.  ICPHSO has been the target of a number of spam emails to our members and attendees of many of our conferences.  We track the source and send cease and desist letters when we can identify the entity sending the email and pursue other courses of action to limit the unauthorized use of our name and conference related information.

Notwithstanding, these efforts,  late last week, my email address – mschoem@icphso.org apparently was pirated and used to send to a number of contacts in my address book an urgent message stating that the recipient  was sent an encrypted message Via One Drive.  It then asks the recipient to click on a link for a preview/download.   DON’T CLICK ON IT PLEASE!   

I didn’t send this email and thankfully only a very limited number of my contacts seemed to have gotten the email.  In fact if there was any good to come out of a really frustrating and difficult situation, I heard from some former colleagues and even some friends I hadn’t heard from in a while.  But I wouldn’t suggest this as a way to keep in contact with people.   Hopefully others who may have received the email had sufficient filters to send the spam mail right to deletion with your other junk mail.  As you can imagine, the use of my ICPHSO email account has caused all kinds of issues, especially coming just a few days before the October 19, 2018 deadline for registration for Brussels.  I’ve created a new email for myself so if you have recently sent me an email, I am not ignoring you, but chances are I didn’t receive it.  I am working with IT staff in an effort to recover lost email sent to my email box and to ensure we have sufficient protections and have taken adequate steps to safeguard our email accounts.

I can now be reached at this new email address: marc.schoem@icphso.org .  If nothing else, now everyone will be reminded how to spell my first name!

And one last reminder, we still have room for you in Brussels during our International Symposium on November 12-13, 2018, but time is running out.  The deadline to register is this Friday, October 19, 2018.  We can’t extend the deadline nor can we accept any on-site registrations so if you intend to join us in Brussels, please register before Friday.  If you need to talk to us about your registration feel free to contact me or send an inquiry to info@icphso.org.   Information on registering can be found here.   I hope to see you in Brussels.  The program Rod Freeman and his team from Cooley have put together will be packed with useful information that every health and safety professional can use.

Regards,

MarC

2018 ICPHSO International Symposium Call For Presentations Now Open

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The 2018 ICPHSO International Symposium is scheduled for November 12 – 13, 2018, in Brussels, where we will again participate in the European Commission’s International Product Safety Week.  Our Call for Presentations has been announced and we look forward to hearing from you with your ideas and recommendations for panel and breakout sessions during the two days of our Symposium.  The theme of the International Symposium is “Alignment and Inclusion in a Divergent World,”  and with our Symposium taking place during the EC’s International Product Safety Week, it provides an opportunity for global health and safety professionals to participate in discussions around the theme.  We want to hear from you and look forward to receiving your proposal for our conference.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Deadline:  June 29, 2018

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Thanks for your continued support and I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO International Symposium Day 1 Plenary Session Summaries

I previously summarized the International Symposium day one key note speakers in Tokyo, Japan and below I am including a link for the summaries of the two plenary sessions held on day one of the Symposium.  Thanks again to Rod Freeman and his team from Cooley for providing summary notes for the Symposium.

Click here for the day one summary presentation.

Just a reminder about our upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018.  Summary information for the various sessions are now beginning to be posted on the ICPHSO website highlighting the sessions.  Don’t delay in registering and securing your hotel room for our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee year celebration.  Sponsorships and Exhibit Tables are still available but going fast.  Many of these opportunities are limited so you don’t want to miss out on being one of our Silver Jubilee Sponsors.  Thanks to those sponsors who have already signed up and committed to participate in our Symposium. There continued commitment to ICPHSO is much appreciated.

Click here for more information on the 2018 Annual Symposium.

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Regards,

Marc Schoem