Bringing Health and Safety Professionals Together
Founded in 1993, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organiztion (ICPHSO - pronounced IC - FA - SO) is the only organization which attracts a global membership of health and safety professionals which meets annually 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, health educators, standards writing organizations, media, and consumer advocacy groups.
What We Do
The Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, International Symposium and Regional Training Worskshop
ICPHSO’s services can be divided into two general categories – educational programs and information. ICPHSO hosts three types of programs – an annual symposium in the United States, an annual symposium outside of the United States, and US-based regional training workshops. ICPHSO also seeks to provide current and timely information to the public and its members on product health and safety developments through its website – www.icphso.org – and through electronic newsletters.
Annual Symposium (US): Attracting over 700 participants each year, ICPHSO’s signature symposium typically features plenary sessions on international trends and developments in product health and safety, on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its work, and on basic training in legal and compliance-oriented aspects of product health and safety. The symposium also features such prominent public sector keynote speakers as the CPSC Chairman and such private sector experts as the Chairman of Safe Kids Worldwide. Concurrent tutorials and interactive breakout sessions round out the program, enabling participants to engage on timely and specialized topics of particular interest.
International Annual 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 North America (Canada), Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands and England), Asia (China, Korea) and Australia. Similar to ICPHSO’s annual symposium, the international annual symposiums attract between 200-350 participants representing a broad cross-section of organizations and economies.
Regional Training and Workshops: ICPHSO also hosts periodic regional workshops that offer manufacturers and suppliers in-depth training on product health and safety requirements and compliance obligations. Such workshops to date have focused primarily on understanding and complying with CPSC rules and regulations and provide a single day of smaller interactive training. Regional training workshops have been held throughout the United States including at the corporate headquarters of McDonalds, Chicago, Illinois; Coca Cola, Atlanta, Georgia; Best Buy, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Toys R' Us, Wayne, New Jersey and on the campus of St Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
How We Do It
The ICPHSO website contains a publicly available list of websites where interested parties can locate additional information on consumer product health and safety matters. ICPHSO’s members enjoy special access to the expanded information library housing past symposium proceedings, among other things. ICPHSO’s quarterly newsletter offers insights to recent product health and safety trends and issues, scheduled events and programs, and individuals in the field.
Six working committees and two caucuses reflect the varied interests of the ICPHSO membership:
To create a vision of ICPHSO's direction by molding collective experiences of its past into paradigms for the future.
Symposium Planning and Program
To plan effective and engaging components for the three-day Annual Meeting and Training Symposium and one-day opening Seminar to meet the needs of ICPHSO's diverse membership.
To provide ICPHSO with long-term growth and diversity in terms of member services, participation, and international representation.
Outreach + Training
To provide ICPHSO membership with good communication tools and access to effective and available information and education programs.
To respond to ICPHSO membership needs with unique programs or events. For example, in November 2010, ICPHSO held a two-day global meeting in London, England focusing on recent and upcoming product safety actions in the European market place.
Sponsors and Scholarships
To enhance ICPHSO national and international effectiveness by encouraging members' organizations to sponsor events or scholarships.
To provide the opportunity and forum for the international product safety community to identify common issues and workable plans for improving the safety of products in the global marketplace.
Through these committees and caucuses, each ICPHSO member has the opportunity to apply her or his own knowledge and commitment for the betterment of consumer product health and safety. As an ICPHSO member, you are invited to participate in one or more of these committees. For more information, please contact: Marc Schoem, 301.774.3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org