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Wednesday, February 22 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Breakout Session # 11: Practical Issues In Managing Product Safety In China

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For more than four decades the majority of consumer products sold were imported from China. In the last decade due to the huge increase in the Chinese middle class, China has become a major importer of consumer products. 

The panel will discuss an overview of the product liability and quality regime in China including the major pieces of legislation at issue, the types of liability that may arise, how China defines and treats defects, the key agencies likely to be encountered, and touch briefly on issues like recalls, product inspections, and product certifications. 

The panelists will discuss details on how various products are categorized in China, various national and local government and industry standards, and certification and inspection processes. 

A major retailer presently selling in China will focus on issues related to implementation of the legal and regulatory regime, with personal company experiences. 


Moderators
avatar for Rod Freeman

Rod Freeman

Partner, Product Law Team, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Rod Freeman is an International Products Lawyer. He works alongside the world's leading global companies to help them solve their product-related issues, protect their reputations, defend their products and build more successful businesses. With more than twenty years devoted to international products law and a background in high-stakes product liability litigation, Rod understands the challenges faced by international brand names in an... Read More →
avatar for David Schmeltzer

David Schmeltzer

Product Safety Consultant, Consumer Product Safety Consultant
David Schmeltzer is a product safety consultant who specializes in matters involving the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He joined the Commission shortly after it was formed in 1973 and remained with the Commission working with seven different Chairmen. First as Deputy General Counsel and then held the key position of Director of Compliance for the CPSC for twenty years. He is a founding member and a former Vice President of ICPHSO... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eugene Chen

Eugene Chen

Partner, Litigation Team, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Eugene Chen is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Shanghai office.  With over 18 years of combined litigation experience in the US and China, Eugene helps clients navigate the complexities of China-related product disputes. With a deep understanding of the Chinese regulatory and business environments, he helps Western clients proactively confront problems they face when doing business in China.  Eugene focuses primarily on product... Read More →
avatar for David Kosnoff

David Kosnoff

Director World Wide Compliance, Amazon
David Kosnoff serves as the Director of Worldwide Product Compliance for Amazon, overseeing the safety and compliance of over 1 billion unique items through his teams based in Seattle, Mexico City, Luxembourg, Bangalore, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. Prior to joining Amazon, David was honored to be part of Mattel’s Global Quality and Regulatory Compliance, most recently leading the team as Sr Vice President.  During his run with... Read More →
avatar for Francis Yuk

Francis Yuk

Senior Vice President, Center Testing International (CTI)
Francis Yuk, Senior Vice President of Center Testing International (CTI) with 30 plus years veteran of consumer product manufacturing, retail sourcing, quality assurance and laboratory testing with various international organizations. Much of his career involved direct dealings and experiences with the National and Provincial Chinese officials that regulate and enforce Chinese consumer product safety laws. Francis was educated in Hong... Read More →


Wednesday February 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grand Cypress B/C