Applications Due By November 30, 2018

    • 2018 International Symposium Highlight
      Plenary Session # 1: Tackling Big Data and IoT Challenges and Enforcement Trends in the EU

      Navigating different global regulatory regimes has become increasingly difficult as products are distributed globally and some become interconnected raising questions of both safety and security. Companies offering digital products and the retailers selling those products often use innovative digital technologies to collect large amounts of data for many different purposes. 
      Equally important is looking ahead to the different European initiatives in the context of EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy. GDPR directly affects the use of data collected by and about consumer products as consumer complaint data now needs to be manage to meet cross order privacy protections.  The EU’s Internet of Things Policy and the proposed European cybersecurity certification framework for ICT products and services are two more examples that will definitely play a critical role in increasing security and consumer trust. The panelists will tackle all of these issues in an interactive dialogue.
      Lastly, we will discuss the enforcement risks within this regulatory framework. Companies will also have to reconsider their liabilities and related compliance strategy both in view of the new safety risks posed by the digital technologies and the scope of mass harm situations which, in a digital world, are likely to cross borders.  The trend toward representative actions in the EU, and the potential implications of the proposed new “Goods Package” will be highlighted by the panelists. 

    • 2018 International Symposium Highlight
      Breakout Session # 1: Social Media and Product Misuse

      Social media is no longer optional for brands; it is now a critical part of any brand strategy.  In this engaging and interactive session, three major brands will review current examples of social media posts and memes impacting on product safety. These examples, drawn from an international perspective, show consumers misusing products in a manner that would provide any responsible brand cause for concern.  The panel will provide attendees with a “toolbox” of approaches to address concerning social media at the “right” level given the varying risks. Recognizing that each factual social media situation differs, the toolbox will provide examples of successful (and unsuccessful) attempts at managing and controlling these risks. We also hope attendees will be willing to participate with their own examples.

    • 2018 International Symposium Highlight
      Plenary Session # 3: Design Products for Diverse Global Populations

      While products are typically designed and manufactured to be sold into large diverse communities, the risk profile of those products can vary from person to person within those communities. Best practices in product design dictate that pre-market risk assessments should take into account particular risks that may be presented to more vulnerable members of society, in particular children, the elderly and those with disabilities.  At the same time, there are strong imperatives to ensure that, wherever appropriate, groups in the community are not shut out of access to the benefits and enjoyment of products, and not exposed to additional risks, by reason of their particular differences or vulnerabilities.
       
      This session will explore the concept of inclusivity in product design, and considering ways in which safety can be managed within that concept.  It will include a discussion of “applied anthropometry”, a tool used to guide the design of products by reference to the variations in physical characteristics of people.
       
      By focusing on diversity and inclusion in a more holistic way, the concept of product safety can be taken to new level. This session will consider these issues from a number of perspectives, providing expert insights and perspectives from a range of stakeholders into ways in which the key objectives can be met.

    • 2018 International Symposium Highlight
      Plenary Session # 4: Interactive Product Safety Crisis Simulation

      Customer concerns captured in viral video. Product advisories. Recalls. Civil and criminal penalties. EU Single Market. EU General Product Directive. Every company that manufactures, sells or distributes consumer products throughout the world faces the possibility of a product safety crisis that erodes their corporate reputation, brand preference and bottom line. Are you prepared to lead in this crisis? Don’t miss this exciting and interactive "crisis simulation lab". You’ll gain practical insights and best practices in product safety from the 360-degree perspectives of international regulatory compliance and legal strategy, engineering science, recall management and global crisis communications. Together with our expert panel, you’ll be immersed in multiple simulated scenarios designed to expose the operational and reputation risk and seek alignment in a divergent product safety landscape.
       

    • ICPHSO International Symposium

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    • 2018 International Symposium Highlight
      Inclusion and Diversity Panel Closing Discussion

      The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) launched an Inclusion Initiative in June 2018 to bolster its longstanding mission that is founded on embracing all stakeholder voices.  The Inclusion Initiative is intended to shine a spotlight on the 'human' participants within these stakeholder categories.  We seek to enhance ICPHSO's value to the product safety community and thus improved product safety worldwide by demonstrating objectively how inclusion improves product safety. The Inclusion Initiative is further intended to provide value to ICPHSO members and consumer product safety stakeholders by maximizing inclusive learning and networking opportunities, while promoting diversity within the organization.

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