Matthew R. Howsare, ICPHSO President Elect and Program Planning Chair
Based in Washington, DC, Matt focuses his practice on federal, state, and international product safety matters and related regulatory issues and litigation. He provides representation on compliance with product safety regulations, product safety incident reporting, imported products, recalls, civil penalty proceedings, investigations, and other regulatory and enforcement matters. Matt works with a variety of different clients on issues and matters before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other federal and state agencies.
Matt previously served as the Chief of Staff of the CPSC from 2010 to 2013 and as the Chairman’s Senior Counsel in 2009. While working at CPSC, Matt played a leadership role in the implementation of the rules, regulations, and policies associated with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, landmark legislation that revitalized and transformed the agency. He provided legal and policy counsel to the Chairman on the implementation of third-party testing and tracking label requirements for children’s products, the new civil penalty rules, the creation of the SaferProducts.gov public database, the new limits on lead and phthalates, the requirements for certificates of compliance and laboratory accreditation, the new standards for durable infant nursery products, and numerous high profile compliance and enforcement actions.