ICPHSO Midwest Regional Training Workshop Sponsors and Exhibitors


ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us  at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, at our 2019 Regional Training Workshop on July 11, 2019.The Workshop is hosted by Saint Louis University, Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Excellence. The support our sponsors, exhibitors and host provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors.  We still have sponsorship’s and exhibit space available.


Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦

Gold: ♦ Eurofins/MET Labs ♦  HUSCH Blackwell LLP ♦

Friends: ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc. ♦ Dentons US LLP ♦ ServiceLive, Inc.♦ Quality Certification Alliance ♦

Scholarship: ♦ Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz ♦  David & Johnna Kosnoff ♦ Nelson Mullins ♦ Recall Results ♦ STC  ♦ Stericycle Expert Solutions ♦

Pre Workshop Reception Snack/Drink: ICIX ♦
Notepad: Eurofins/MET Labs  ♦
Welcome  Kit: Husch Blackwell LLP ♦


♦ Cleartrack Information Services
♦ ICPHSO Scholarship Sponsors
♦ Saint Louis University, Center for Supply Chain Management Studies
♦ STC Group

Click Here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Register today to attend the Workshop.  Agenda Information Here

Looking forward to seeing you in Saint Louis!



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!



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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ICPHSO Conference Locations Wanted!



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.










ICPHSO Announces New Board Members for 2019-2020


ICPHSO 2019 Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. February 26, 2019 –- The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) announced today at its Annual Meeting and Training Symposium being held in Washington, D.C., the selection of new Board Members to lead the organization that is comprised of product health and safety professionals from around the world.  The ICPHSO Board of Directors determines basic policies, sets goals and objectives, elects officers and approves the budget in accordance with the bylaws of the organization.

Elected to the Board of Directors to serve an initial three-year term are the following:

  • Brian Grochal – Digital Innovations Manager, UL LLC, Boulder, Colorado
  • David Kosnoff – Vice President, Quality Assurance, Hasbro Far East Limited, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Len Morrissey, Director, Global Business Development and Strategy, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • Rebeca Sharpe, Senior Manager, Product Safety & Compliance, Best Buy, Richfield, Minnesota
  • Kami Snowbarger, Director of Product Safety & Recalls, Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma

In addition to the new board members, an existing Board Member was elected to move to ICPHSO’s Executive Committee as a Vice President of the organization:

  • Andy Church, Founder & CEO, Insight Quality Services, Irving, Texas and current ICPHSO Board Member

The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers of the Board and with the election of new board members and move of Andy Church to Vice President on the Executive Committee, and several existing positions within the Executive Committee are changing:

  • Matt Howsare, Member and Co-Chair, Consumer Products Practice, Mintz, Washington, D.C., becomes the President for 2019-2020
  • Rick Rosati, Vice President, Government Affairs and Industry, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Buffalo, New York, becomes the President Elect and the 2020 Symposium Planning Chair
  • Belinda May, Partner, Dentons US LLP, St. Louis, Missouri, becomes the Past President and will also serve as Treasurer
  • Rick Brenner, President, Product Safety Advisors, Mamaroneck, New York, departs the Board after serving as Past President and Nominating Committee Chair
  • Mike Dwyer, President, The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), Mount Laurel, New Jersey, departs the Board after serving as a Board Member and Treasurer
  • Marc J. Schoem, Executive Director, ICPHSO, Olney, Maryland, remains as Secretary


ICPHSO, founded in 1993 is the only organization which attracts a global membership of health and safety professionals and meets annually during three training conferences, to exchange ideas, share information, and address health and safety concerns affecting all consumers.  ICPHSO members represent U.S. and global government agencies, manufacturers, importers, retailers, trade associations, certification/testing laboratories, law firms, academia, standards writing organizations, consultants, media and consumer advocacy groups.  More information is available on ICPHSO’s website at: www.icphso.org.


ICPHSO 2019 Annual Symposium – Thank You Sponsors and Exhibitors!

ICPHSO thanks our generous sponsors and exhibitors who will join us in Washington, D.C. at our 2019 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium on February 25-28, 2019. The support they provide us is appreciated. Please take advantage of all the opportunities provided by our sponsors and exhibitors.


Diamond: ♦ ICIX ♦

Platinum: ♦ Intertek ♦ SGS North America ♦

Gold: ♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc. ♦ CSA Group ♦ Dentons LLP ♦ Eurofins/MET Labs ♦ Exponent, Inc. ♦ Husch Blackwell LLP ♦ Mintz ♦ Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP ♦ Oculus ♦  QIMA (formerly Asia Inspection) ♦ Recall Results ♦ STC Group ♦ Stericycle Expert Solutions ♦ The Toy Association♦ TUV SUD America Inc. ♦  UL ♦

Silver: ♦ American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)  ♦ Arnold & Porter LLP ♦  Cooley LLP ♦ Crowell & Moring ♦ CTI Laboratory Group ♦ Ferrero USA, Inc. ♦ Norton Rose Fulbright ♦ The Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP ♦  TUV Rheinland ♦

Friends: ♦ ADK Information Services ♦ Amazon ♦ Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) ♦   Insight Quality Services ♦ Johnson Matthey Inc./Bitrex ♦  Procter & Gamble ♦ ProductIP  B.V. ♦  Product Safety Letter (PSL) ♦ Quality Certification Alliance ♦

Scholarship: ♦ Belinda May/Captain Ralph Spitz ♦ Britax Child Safety, Inc. ♦ CalletLaw ♦ Compliance and Risks, Ltd. ♦ Crayola ♦ Gradient ♦ Hasbro ♦ Hunter Douglas ♦ ICL-IP America, Inc. ♦ International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) ♦  J. Crew ♦ Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA) ♦ KARV Communications ♦ Keller and Heckman LLP ♦ David & Johanna Kosnoff ♦ The LEGO Group ♦ Mattel, Inc. ♦ McDonald’s ♦ Miles & Stockbridge PC ♦  Modern Testing Services ♦ Morrison & Foerster LLP ♦ Nordstrom Product Group ♦ NSF International ♦ ProductIP ♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL)♦  Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) ♦ Safety Research & Strategies (SRS) ♦ Samsung Electronics America, Inc. ♦ Schiff Hardin LLP ♦  Society of Product Safety Professionals (SPSP) ♦ Stinson Leonard Street LLP ♦ The Home Depot ♦  The Law Office of Alan H. Schoem ♦ Whirlpool Corporation ♦

Conference Bag: TUV SUD ♦
Nametag Lanyards: Mintz ♦
Meeting App: Cooley LLP ♦
Wellness Lounge: Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc. ♦
Headshot Studio: Recall Results ♦
Magnetic Phone Stand: Johnson Matthey, Inc./Bitrex ♦
Hotel Key Cards: Crowell & Moring ♦
Luggage Tags: Ferrero ♦
Evening Nightcap: ICIX ♦


♦ ADK Information Services, LLC
♦ API/SgT Group
♦ Applied Safety & Ergonomics
♦ Applied Technical Services
♦ Asia Quality Focus (AQF)
♦ Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc.
♦ Cleartrack Information Network
♦ Compliance and Risks Ltd
♦ Cooley LLP
♦ CSA Group
♦ Engineering Systems, Inc. (Esi)
♦ Eurofins Scientific, Inc.
♦ Exponent, Inc.
♦ Global Registration Services, Inc.
♦ Health Canada
♦ Hogan Lovells
♦ ICIX International, Inc.
♦ Insight Quality Services, LLC
♦ International Compliance Workshop Limited (ICW)
♦ Intertek
♦ Marketpoint Recall
♦ MET Laboratories
♦ Modern Testing Services
♦ Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
♦ Product Safety Letter (PSL)
♦ QIMA (formerly Asia Inspection)
♦ Quality Certification Alliance (QCA)
♦ Scivera
♦ SGS North America
♦ STC Group
♦ Stericycle Expert Solutions
♦ The Toy Association
♦TUV Rheinland
♦ TUV SUD American Inc.
♦ UL
♦ Unitec Laboratory Services Limited

Click Here for Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

On-Line Registration now closed.   Limited number of on-site registrations will be available. For updated information on the Symposium, check out our website.

Looking forward to seeing you in DC!




2019 ICPHSO Annual Symposium Highlights…


We are excited about the addition of our Tuesday luncheon presentation by NBC4 News (Washington, D.C.) Consumer Reporter, Susan Hogan.  Susan has over 25 years of consumer reporting experience and she is encouraging a “dialogue” with attendees which should be of interest to all present.  Prepare your questions in advance!   Our new meeting app will be providing live polling opportunities as well as the ability to send questions to the speakers during each session.  Agenda, speaker, sponsor and exhibitor information is also provided.  Thanks to Cooley, LLP for sponsoring the use of this new meeting app during our Symposium.

We also previously announced a number of events taking place during ICPHSO, including our job matching program, an escape room adventure, a D.C. monument tour, and a late evening nightcap at the hotel bar, sponsored by ICIX.  During the Symposium, attendees will be able to take advantage of a Wellness Lounge, a group charging station and a Head Shot studio.

Wednesday morning is “CPSC Day” and we are optimistic that the government will remain open and attendees will have an opportunity to hear from CPSC Commissioners and staff on many important safety issues confronting the product safety community.  If there is any change in CPSC attendance at the Symposium, we have contingency plans in place to provide relevant information for all stakeholders.

Check out the agenda for updated information and if you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time and room for you to participate.