ASTM-ICPHSO Voluntary Standards Workshop

October 10, 2017

Covington and Burling, LLP

850 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Voluntary Standards


Voluntary Standards Workshop October 10, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm  The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) and ASTM International are sponsoring a one-day workshop on the development of voluntary safety standards for consumer products. The workshop will be on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, at the offices of Covington and Burling, LLP, 850 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. There is no cost to attend.
This one-day workshop will help participants better understand the potential benefits, drawbacks, and limitations of voluntary safety standards, the process for developing a consensus-based standard, some key considerations associated with standard development, and how regulators and government representatives perceive the utility and role of voluntary safety standards. The workshop's panels will feature representatives from various manufacturers, retailers, law firms, standards organizations, global regulatory agencies, and consumer advocacy organizations who will present the full range of views. While there is no cost to attend, advance registration will be required. Breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided.


Attendees can register on line at  (search ICPHSO - ASTM Voluntary Standards Meeting to get to the registration page for the meeting).  You don't have to be a member of ICPHSO or ASTM to attend.  .

PRELIMINARY AGENDA (Subject to change - Updated 9/6/17) 

​The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Voluntary Standards

8:00-8:55 am:  Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 am:  Introduction / Opening Remarks

9:05 am:  Who and What: Who is at the table and what do they want?

9:15 am:  When? What are the trigger points that might drive you into a voluntary standards process?  When do you know it’s “time” to engage?   Panel moderated by Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson.  Panel will include representatives from major retailers, manufacturers, government agencies, and consumer advocacy organizations.

10:30 am:  Where: Which standards body should you go to?  Panel moderated by Marc Schoem.  Panel will include representatives from voluntary standard setting organizations, consumer advocacy organizations, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

11:45 am:  Lunch

12:30 pm:  Key Note:  Why CPSC values Voluntary Standards.  CPSC Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle (invited).

1:15 pm:  Why: Why would you want to develop a voluntary standard?  Why might you not want to? What are some of the benefits and burdens of voluntary standards?  Panel moderated by Kimberly Eberwine.  Panel will include plaintiff and defense side, antitrust, and patent attorneys[, and a representative from a strategic communications and government affairs group].

2:45 pm:  How? How do you (successfully) navigate the process?  “Fireside chat” with Nancy Cowles and Rick Hackman, facilitated by Don Mays.

3:45 pm:  Conclusion / Program Closing

Thanks to our sponsors for providing the opportunity for this free workshop:

ASTM           -        Covington & Burling LLP             -           Procter & Gamble​             -            ICPHSO

Thanks also to the Planning Committee:

Len Morrissey, ASTM; Rachel Weintraub, Consumer Federation of America; Kimberly Eberwine, Procter & Gamble; Sarah Wilson, Covington & Burling; Nancy Cowles, Kids In Danger; Dr. Lori Mitchell Dixon, Great Lakes Marketing; Marc Schoem, ICPHSO