2018 Annual Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available!

ICPHSO’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities have now been posted on our website.  By posting these opportunities early, we hope to maximize sponsor participation during our 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee celebration in Orlando, Florida.  Available sponsorships at  various levels include a number of new and  exclusive benefits to highlight the services and goods you provide to the product safety community. We also have some limited availability anniversary sponsorships at our Splitsville event that you don’t want to miss.  Check out all the available sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities and lock in your support today.

Click here:  2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium Sponsorship-Exhibitor Opportunities


Thanks for your continued support and don’t forget we still have space available to attend our 2017 International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan, November 14-15, 2017.  Register today and join your global health and safety colleagues in Tokyo for this important safety training conference focused on the product life cycle.

ICPHSO Updates….

Here’s some updates on recent ICPHSO activities:

ICPHSO – ASTM Voluntary Standards Workshop – October 10, 2017:

  • ICPHSO again joined together with ASTM to present our third collaborative training workshop with this one being focused on the “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How” of voluntary standards development and the process used. With over 100 attendees present at the Covington and Burling Law Office in Washington, D.C., leading safety professionals discussed the advantages and in some cases, the disadvantages of voluntary standards as well as the process itself and how to get the best results, among a number of other specific issues related to voluntary standards.
  • CPSC Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle gave a keynote presentation on the role voluntary standards play within the regulatory environment at CPSC.
  • ICPHSO will continue to look for future collaborative efforts to advance specialized product safety training. Thanks to ASTM International, Procter & Gamble and Covington and Burling, for co-sponsoring the workshop with ICPHSO.

ICPHSO- CPSC Lab Tour – October 11, 217:

  • ICPHSO was fortunate to be able to schedule a tour for a very limited number of Workshop participants at the CPSC’s National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Rockville, MD. We hope to be able to schedule future lab visits for interested stakeholders. Thanks to CPSC Lab staff for providing the tour opportunity.

2017 International Symposium – November 14-15, 2017 at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

  • Registration remains open and will be available on-line through November 14, 2017. To make sure your name makes it into the printed on-site attendee list, register by October 13, 2017. ICPHSO member rate for the two-day global product safety conference is $450 and the non-member rate is $550. Registration includes evening receptions, breakfast, lunch, networking breaks and Symposium materials as well as access to power point presentations after the Symposium.
  • Translation services are being provided for all sessions
  • ICPHSO’s Group Hotel Rate remains available through October 29, 2017, but don’t delay since room availability is limited.
  • A special thanks to those of you who have already registered to attend as well as our sponsors and exhibitors who will be with us in Tokyo. Please be sure to check out the services and goods they provide.

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2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium – February 20 – 23, 2018 – Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel, Orlando, Florida

  • The theme of the Annual Symposium is “Accelerated Change in the Exponential Age: Learning from History to Make Safer Products in the Future” and is kicking off ICPHSO’s 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary.
  • The 2018 meeting will take place beginning at noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, and end at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 (this is a change from previous years where we started on Monday). Our traditional bag stuffing and early on-site Symposium check-in will take place on Monday, February 19, 2018.
  • Registration rates are posted on-line and registration and hotel information will soon be opened and available. While you don’t have to be an ICPHSO member to attend the Symposium, members do receive a significant discount on the registration rates as well as other Symposium benefits.
  • Sponsorship and Exhibitor information should be available within a few days and will be announced by email and on ICPHSO’s social media platforms.
  • Program information will also be announced in the very near future as will special 25th anniversary opportunities and events.
  • On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, ICPHSO will hold a special 25th Anniversary Event at Splitsville in Disney Springs for a nominal $25 charge.  Bus transportation and special food and beverages will be provided.  Space will be limited, so keep an eye out for when registration opens for the Symposium to be a part of this special event. You won’t want to miss this Symposium!

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I am always interested in hearing from members of the product safety community.  If you have ideas or suggestions which you think could be of interest to ICPHSO and our members, please feel free to contact me at mschoem@icphso.org.  I look forward to seeing you at future ICPHSO events.


Best Regards,



Fall is here…

With the cooling weather (at least in some parts of the world!) we turn our attention to ICPHSO’s International Symposium scheduled November 14-15, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba.  Symposium Planning Chair Rod Freeman and his planning committee have developed an agenda over two days that includes critical safety information around the theme, “It Started with an Idea:  Safety in the Product Life Cycle.”  

This is ICPHSO’s first Symposium in Tokyo and with less than 40 days to go the Symposium is set to be one of the best ever.    With nearly 100 attendees expected from 11 countries, participants include regulators from the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA), National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE), European Commission, Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Attendees represent all sectors of the consumer product safety community, including, manufacturers, retailers, consumers, testing and certification laboratories, associations, service providers and many others.

You don’t want to miss this Symposium so be sure to register today while hotel rooms are still available.  Further information about the International Symposium can be found on ICPHSO’s website and here. Your registration includes access to all sessions, where translation services will be provided, as well as two days with breakfast, lunch, networking breaks, receptions and access to presentations after the Symposium.

I look forward to seeing you in Tokyo and thanks again to our sponsors, speakers, and attendees for your continued support of ICPHSO as we further our mission to provide product safety training and education to safety and health professionals around the world.

Bes Regards,


Thank You International Symposium Sponsors/Exhibitors!

Thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors at ICPHSO’s upcoming International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan November 14-15, 2017.  ICPHSO appreciates their continued support and encourages you to check out the services they provide.

Samsung *  Panasonic *  STC *  Asiainspection (AI) *  Cooley UK LLP *   ADK Information Services LLP/St. Louis University *  Product Safety Letter (PSL) *  The Toy Association *  Dentons US LLP *   Insight Quality Services * Hogan Lovells International LLP * Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu *

For information on attending the 2017 International Symposium please visit ICPHSO’s Event Page for details on registration, hotel availability and the program agenda.  To be included in the printed on-site attendee list, please register before October 13, 2017.  Registration remains open until the event.  Hotel rooms are limited and must be booked on or before October 29, 2017 to receive the discounted ICPHSO room rate.  Any additional questions, please let me know by sending me an email at: mschoem@icphso.org.




ASTM-ICPHSO Voluntary Standards Workshop Agenda Now Posted!

An agenda has now been posted for the upcoming ASTM-ICPHSO Voluntary Standards Workshop on October 10, 2017 at the Law Office of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C.  The workshop is open to all and there is no cost to attend.  Pre-registration is required and you can register on the ASTM Website.  As you will see on the agenda, we are planning for an interactive discussion on the “Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Voluntary Standards.” We anticipate a comprehensive and lively workshop detailing all aspects of the voluntary standard development process.  If you aren’t able to attend the workshop in person, we are planning on broadcasting the workshop through web ex.  Details will be provided prior to the Workshop.

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It’s also not too late to still register for ICPHSO’s 2017 International Symposium in Tokyo, Japan on November 14-15, 2017.  Details can be found on the ICPHSO event page on our website.  Take advantage of the ICPHSO hotel rate before it closes.

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Watch this blog for additional information on ICPHSO 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary kicking off during the 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, February 20-23, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.  Sponsorship, Registration, and Hotel Information is coming soon.


Upcoming Events – Dates To Note…

ICPHSO has a number of event deadlines coming up over the next couple of months so I thought I would provide everyone a recap so you don’t miss any of these opportunities:

ICPHSO Board of Director Applications  due by September 15, 2017 Board Applicant Information Available Here

ICPHSO Northwest Lunch Event (Seattle, WA and Portland, OR) – September 21, 2017 on competing State requirements.   Information available here.  Pre-registration required to attend this ICPHSO member limited space event.

ICPHSO-ASTM Voluntary Standards Workshop on October 10, 2017 at the Law Office of Covington & Burling, 850 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.  Pre-registration required – No charge to attend – open to everyone.  Breakfast, Lunch and Breaks provided free of charge.  Agenda Information Available Here.  To register to attend, go to the ASTM Website and Register.

ICPHSO-CPSC Lab Tour on October 11, 2017 The lab tour the day after the Voluntary Standards Workshop is now filled.  Attendees who requested transportation assistance will be notified soon about the arrangements.  A waiting list will be maintained for this limited attendee event.

ICPHSO International Symposium, November 14-15, 2017, Tokyo, Japan.  Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities remain open but the deadline to be included in the printed Program Book is September 12, 2017.   Registration for the Symposium remains open.  Please register before October 13, 2017 to be included in the printed attendee list.  Registration will be taken through the dates of the Symposium.   The preliminary agenda is now posted online and additional details about the program will soon be updated on the website.  Additional hotel rooms have been added to the ICPHSO room block at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba Hotel.  The hotel deadline is for the ICPHSO block rate is October 29, 2017.  Make your reservations today!

ICPHSO 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, February 20-23, 2018, Orlando, Florida – ICPHSO 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary.  Registration information is posted now for budget planning purposes. Sponsorship Information will be posted soon with special 25th Anniversary sponsorship opportunities to be announced.  Registration for the Symposium and hotel information will be available in the near future.  For the latest Symposium information check here.


ICPHSO Strategic Planning – ICPHSO’s current strategic plan is for the time period of 2013-2018.  A Strategic Planning Committee has been formed and we are in the process of updating our strategic plan for the period of 2018-2023.  After some initial work by the Strategic Planning Committee, a survey will be sent to all ICPHSO members in November 2017 seeking input on our new Strategic Plan.  If you aren’t already a member, now may be the time to consider joining us so your voice can be heard as we shape the future of the organization.

As you can see, ICPHSO is busy with a number of events coming up in the next couple of months.  I hope you are able to take advantage of these various opportunities.  Please contact me if you have any questions.




ICPHSO-ASTM Voluntary Standards Workshop and CPSC Lab Visit REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

To ICPHSO continues to work with ASTM and other organizations to bring you current and timely product safety information.  We are pleased to announce a one-day workshop on October 10, 2017 at the Law Offices of Covington & Burling LLP, 50 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There is no cost to attend this workshop and all are welcome.

This one-day workshop will help participants better understand the potential benefits, drawbacks, and limitations of voluntary safety standards, the process for developing a consensus-based standard, some key considerations associated with standard development, and how regulators and government representatives perceive the utility and role of voluntary safety standards. The workshop’s panels will feature representatives from various manufacturers, retailers, law firms, standards organizations, global regulatory agencies, and consumer advocacy organizations who will present the full range of views.

While there is no cost to attend the workshop, advance registration will be required. Click Here to Register on the ASTM website.  The agenda will be posted on the ICPHSO and ASTM website soon.

In addition, to the one day Voluntary Standards Workshop, ICPHSO is pleased to provide attendees to the workshop with an opportunity to visit and tour the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission laboratory on October 11, 2017.  Transportation will be provided by ICPHSO to and from the lab from D.C..  While you don’t have to be an ICPHSO member to participate in the lab visit, since there will be limited space for the tour, ICPHSO members will receive priority registration.  To register for the ICPHSO CPSC Lab Visit – Click Here to Register.  Completing the questionnaire does not guarantee a space on the tour since we are limited at the number of people who can participate.  Participants will be contacted by email..