ICPHSO Report / December 2015
Al Kaufman, President
We have had quite an eventful year at ICPHSO— in addition to a very successful annual symposium last February in Orlando and terrific conferences in Wayne, New Jersey and Billund, Denmark, Marc Schoem has joined us as our first full-time Executive Director, and we are in the midst of transitioning to a new association management company.
As the days grow shorter and cooler, our thoughts now turn to the 2016 Annual Symposium, to be held in Washington, DC February 29 – March 3. Please mark your calendars, and we anticipate registration to open within the next few weeks, so watch your email inbox for a notice that this has happened. This year’s program will be better than ever, covering topics as diverse as green chemistry and the Internet of Things, in addition to the ever-popular CPSC day and a repeat of the international track and tutorials that were so well-received in 2015. Nancy Cowles, our President-Elect and symposium chair, has been hard at work with the symposium planning committee to finalize the slate of excellent offerings.
As you are aware, ICPHSO is a unique organization comprised of regulators, consumer representatives, manufacturers, retailers, and others, all working together to advance the state of consumer product safety. ICPHSO does not advocate on specific issues, and exists solely to educate and inform stakeholders by providing a neutral forum where these disparate interests can come together to learn from each other, exchange ideas, and find common ground in the quest to make consumer products as safe as possible.
If you are a member, we thank you. If you are not, please join us-we need your support as well as your ideas and energy. Please also support our mission by joining us in Washington, and encouraging your colleagues to do the same.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you in Washington!
Alan P. Kaufman
President, International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization