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.

Regards,

Marc

3 Days to Tokyo!

ICPHSO’s first symposium in Tokyo is only three days away!  As I get ready to fly to our first International Symposium in Japan, I want to again thank our Symposium Planning Chairman, Rod Freeman and his team from Cooley, especially, Alex Radcliffe, Sara-Jane Dobson, Carol Roberts and Fergal Duggan and any others who I have missed, who have worked nearly around the clock it seems with the time differences between Washington, D.C., London and Tokyo, to make sure we will again have another successful Symposium.  Over 150 attendees are registered from 15 different countries, along with strong regulator participation and support from Japan,  South Korea, United States, Canada, the European Commission and the OECD.  This is truly an International Symposium and I look forward to the panels and speakers we have lined up to discuss safety in the product life cycle.

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The ICPHSO team including our Association Manager, Kimber Nation; Association Administrator, Tara Reddy; Sponsorship Manager, Heather Konya (who will be staying back at ICPHSO headquarters); President Rick Brenner;  President Elect and 2018 Symposium Planning Chair, Belinda May; Vice President Matt Howsare;  Past President Nancy Cowles; and Board Member Renee Chiang are already in Tokyo or will soon be joining me.  I appreciate the support they provide to me and ICPHSO everyday.  I am also looking forward to again seeing Ross Koeser, ICPHSO Founding Member and former Executive Director who is also attending the Symposium.

Registration for Tokyo will remain open and if you still want to join us there is still time to register both on-line or at the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba where the Symposium is being held.

Safe travels for those of you attending and for those who are unable to join us in Tokyo, remembers its never too early to start making reservations and registering for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida, February 20-23, 2018!  Our 25th Anniversary and Silver Jubilee Year.

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Regards,

Marc

ICPHSO Update on Regulators and 2018 Annual Symposium…

The support ICPHSO receives from all segments of the product safety community contributes to the success we have had over the last 24 years in bringing together safety and health professionals from the broad spectrum of the safety community.  Among these safety and health professionals we include regulators whose significant contributions at our three yearly conferences provide the opportunities for stakeholders to hear directly from and interact with global regulators.

During my previous life as a regulator, it became very clear to me how important it was for regulators to be able to attend ICPHSO conferences and talk and interact with the regulated industry in a non-adversarial manner.  Of course, my dealings with industry when I was at CPSC were always non-adversarial, but in that environment there was always some lingering doubts about everyone’s intentions.  Participation in ICPHSO broke down those walls and allowed the CPSC staff the opportunity to talk with industry in a neutral forum in a more casual and relaxed manner.   A mutual trust could be developed especially when there wasn’t a “pending case” to discuss.  Of course, over the years a lot of business was conducted during ICPHSO, which I think worked out to everyone’s benefit.

It was with this in mind, that ICPHSO realized early on the collaboration it established with  product safety regulators was a key aspect of our mission to bring everyone together.

CPSC and more recently Health Canada have been important members of the ICPHSO Board of Directors providing advice and guidance to the ICPHSO Executive Committee and Board on regulatory issues affecting our membership.

I am pleased to announce two new appointments as Ex-Officio members of the ICPHSO Board of Directors from Health Canada and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Geoff Barrett, Ex-Officio Board Member from Health Canada

Geoff is currently the Acting Director General of the Consumer Product Safety Directorate (CPSD) of Health Canada.  In this role, Geoff is responsible for the assessment, management, and communication of health and safety risks for all consumer products and cosmetics in Canada.  As Director of CPSD’s Risk Management Bureau, Geoff is also responsible for the development and implementation of risk management approaches for Health Canada.

Carol Cave, Ex-Officio Board Member from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Carol has been the Deputy Director for the Office of Compliance and Field Operations since October 2015. In this senior leadership position, Carol oversees and coordinates all Compliance and Enforcement activities for the Commission.  These activities include working with Commission staff, other federal agencies and industry on the identification of consumer product defects, negotiation of voluntary recalls and efforts to reduce the risk of injury from consumer products through safe design.

ICPHSO is very appreciative to both Health Canada and the CPSC for allowing Geoff and Carol to participate at ICPHSO and represent these key regulators with our membership.  I encourage everyone to get to know both Carol and Geoff and visit with them at a future Symposium.

2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium Update


I am also happy to announce that our 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium scheduled for February 20-23, 2018 in Orlando, Florida is proceeding at a rapid pace. Registration, Hotel, Sponsorship, Exhibitor, and Scholarship information can be found on our website.  We also just posted the  preliminary schedule for the Annual Symposium and, as you will see, we have a full schedule beginning with a CPSC Lunch and Learn Tutorial on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 11:30 am and ending with Roundtable discussions on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm.  The roundtable discussions start at lunch on Friday with leaders from product safety and other fields brainstorming both process and new products to further safety.  After lunch, we will further the discussion on new technology to assist industry and consumers to identify recalled products and improve the effectiveness of recalls;  and then conclude the Symposium with a roundtable discussion about the practical use of data mining including new technology, in an effort to identify emerging hazards and trends before they can do harm.

As you can see, we have filled the Symposium to the core, from beginning to end with important safety information that every safety and health professional will need to assist them in their jobs.  We hope you will be a part of the conversation and make your plans to participate during the entire Symposium.  You won’t be sorry!

Check back on our website frequently for updates on the agenda as we will post new information as it becomes available.

Regards and for those traveling with us to Tokyo – safe travels,

Marc

 

 

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

Regards,

Marc

25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee…

Registration, Hotel and Sponsorships Now Open for ICPHSO’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium.  Don’t miss out! Register today and reserve your hotel room while they are available.  Check for latest Updates Here.

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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.

Regards,

Marc

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

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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.