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Why Attend an ICPHSO Meeting

 

Keeping yourself current with knowledge and ahead of the game is key to excelling in the Consumer Product Health and Safety Industry.  By attending one of ICPHSO's training meetings, you gain the tools to make a valuable difference in your organization and return to your employer armed with the latest consumer product information/solutions.

By attending one of ICPHSO's three annual training meetings, you’ll experience cutting-edge sessions, network with hundreds of professionals from all product safety segments (industry, global safety and health regulators, test labs, consultants, consumer organizations, trade associations, lawyers and others), learn about strategies and solutions to today’s  concerns, network with the many attendees and exhibitors and gain a better understanding of how to best prepare for the future in product safety.

While you’ll absorb a wealth of information through our sessions led by product safety professionals, the learning continues well beyond the program. The building blocks of a great network start with casual conversations in hallways, chatting over coffee or engaging with other attendees and exhibitors. During the scheduled networking opportunities throughout the meeting, you will:

  • Work through common issues with colleagues during sessions that include industry, consumer and regulator point of views.
  • Build new relationships and strengthen partnerships with other attendees and exhibitors
  • Enjoy chatting with peers during networking breaks

If you need more information on why to attend, visit our Reasons to Attend page.

 

Annual Meeting and Training Symposium: Attracting over 800 participants each year, ICPHSO's signature symposium is held each year in the United States, generally either the third or last week in February, and features plenary sessions on international trends and developments in product health and safety, sessions about and from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its work, and on basic training in legal/compliance-oriented aspects of product health and safety.  The symposium also features such prominent public-sector keynote speakers as the CPSC Chairman and private sector experts as well. Concurrent tutorials and interactive breakout sessions round out the program, enabling participants to engage on timely and specialized topics of particular interest.  The Annual Symposium is held in Orlando, Florida and every third year in the Washington, D.C. area.

International Symposium: Since 2005, ICPHSO has hosted symposiums outside of the United States in support of international dialogue on product health and safety matters.  Such international symposiums to date have been held in Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada.  Similar to ICPHSO's Annual Meeting, the International Symposium attracts between 200 - 350 participants representing a broad cross-section of product safety stakeholders, organizations, agencies and economies.  Every two years, ICPHSO joins with the European Commission and holds its International Symposium in Brussels during the European Commission's International Product Safety Week.

Regional Training Workshop: ICPHSO also hosts a yearly regional workshop that offers manufacturers and suppliers in-depth training on product health and safety requirements and compliance obligations.  These one-day workshops to date have focused primarily on understanding and complying with CPSC, Health Canada and other regulatory agency rules and regulations and provide a single day of smaller interactive training.  Regional training workshops have been held through North America, including at the corporate headquarters of Amazon, Seattle, Washington; Home Depot, Atlanta, Georgia; McDonalds, Chicago, Illinois' Coca Cola, Atlanta Georgia; Best Buy, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Toys R' Us, Wayne, New Jersey; on the campus of St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri and in Toronto Canada.  The workshops generally include about 200 - 250 safety professionals from North America and beyond.