The Society of Product Safety Professionals invites you to learn more about this new membership and certification entity organized by a group of Saint Louis University product safety program graduates to serve consumer product safety professionals through professional development activities and certification examinations. Members of the organizing committee look forward to sharing information and dialogue.
Panel tutorial on risk assessment approaches focusing on the ways that different product safety professionals look at risk to 1) evaluate potential product hazards, and 2) determine which risks may merit discussion with CPSC or Health Canada and corrective action.
Supply chains are becoming ever more complex. But one broken link in the chain can cause major business disruption, cause significant financial and reputational damage, and can put consumers in harm’s way. This session will help you recognize and understand the various risks through multiple tiers of a supply chain. It will explain what to consider when sourcing from small- and medium-sized enterprises or moving manufacturing overseas. Our experts will then turn to defining strategies to avoid getting burned by suppliers, including performing market and facility due diligence, risk-sensing tools and analytics, and contingency plans that help build resilient supply chains.
Product conformity and risk associated with product safety can be affected by decisions about where to source manufacturing of that product. This panel will discuss vendor qualification, transparency in the supply chain and detection of unauthorized subcontracting. Product continuity and substitution of unapproved raw materials will be examined as symptoms of unauthorized subcontracting. The panel will explore methods for detecting and prevention of unauthorized subcontracting.
Mark your calendar and attend this breakout session to explore important civil penalty developments. Within the last year, we have seen many developments in the civil penalty world, including the Gree maximum civil penalty, the Spectrum Brands and Zen Magnets court opinions, and multiple statements from Commissioners. In addition, as of January 1, 2017, the maximum civil penalty for a related series of knowing violations under the Consumer Product Safety Act became $16,025,000. Get the latest information at this breakout session.
The market is changing, consumer behavior is changing. Demand and Supply has replaced Supply and Demand. Speed and efficiency are the dominant drivers in the process. Retailers, brands and manufacturers continue to be challenged with complying with the ever-changing, and complex, regulatory environment (federal, state and local). The “need for speed” and the necessity to be compliant is putting stress on the entire supply chain. This panel discussion will cover the associated risk factors and present measures to manage those risks at an upstream level in the supply chain to minimize cost and address speed to market.
Product counterfeiting is a billion dollar industry that negatively affects the global economy. Once thought to be a crime associated with luxury knock offs, counterfeiting has become a sophisticated realm leaving virtually no brand or product untouched. Poor workmanship and lack of concern for standards jeopardizes the health and safety of unknowing consumers.
This panel will give the attendee an insightful view of how counterfeiting is being combatted on the frontlines. Through working with numerous government and private entities, companies can work together to negate this criminal act.
All product manufacturers need to understand risk and reward before introducing products into the marketplace but those within a company may view the importance of risk assessment differently. Compliance and quality assurance departments understand the obligation a company has to analyze, alter and improve products throughout the risk assessment process. However, not all companies fully understand how detailed or complex a risk assessment program should be and the placement and where the reporting structure should sit within the company.
This panel discussion about the creation of risk assessment programs, the commitment companies should have for a fully vetted and executional program and why the C-Suite should be fully invested and support quality assurance and risk assessment programs and departments.
CPSC Commissioners Adler and Mohorovic discuss their views on what the Commission’s policy should be with respect to regulating products in which much of the risk to consumers arises from their misuse of products.
This interactive panel will follow the product safety path of millennial inspired and innovative products from the initial product pitch to dealing with product safety issues and customer communications crises in the age of social media and online reviews. The session will also demonstrate how the millennial and centennial generations are driving changes in the consumer product marketplace that are increasingly impacting product safety and engage the audience on how to deal with new and traditional types of product safety issues with modern products aimed at connected consumers.
Emerging technology in the consumer products market is growing faster than ever. Products in our daily life are getting smarter: from wearable electronics and fashion accessories to virtual reality and 3D printing. With this growth come challenges and questions: Are the products safe? Do they work? Who is monitoring risk? How are they regulated? The panel will discuss these questions and how each stakeholder group approaches this evolving world of new products.
Safe is not simply ‘free of risk’; instead a product is deemed safe when its attendant risks are judged to be tolerable. The determination of safe requires both a risk assessment and a judgment of the tolerance of the risks.
Risk tolerance is one of the most difficult and controversial decisions regulators, industry, risk managers and consumers make. A number of examples demonstrate an apparent inconsistent determination of risk tolerance:
· Products with zero reported incidents can be recalled globally
· Products involved in fatalities may remain in the marketplace for years
· Products banned in one country are ok to sell in another
· Products with known risks may be deemed more tolerable/controllable than the ones unknown
The tolerability of product safety risk is influenced by policy, culture, and familiarity along with numerous other factors. This session presents an interesting dynamic with panel discussions and audience interaction.
With a new Administration, there are inevitably implications for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission including new leadership, funding levels and priorities. What will new leadership look like and mean for the CPSC? What do changes in the makeup of the House and Senate mean for product safety efforts? What are the priorities of stakeholder groups? What is the best way to achieve product safety goals in this new era? Participants in this plenary will include experts who represent all segments of the product safety community.
Is there really such a thing as a perfect supply chain? What happens when the ivory tower of rules and regulations comes face to face with the harsh realities of overseas production? How do you balance competing priorities of product safety, price and time to market? While some larger firms may have the know-how and resources to implement robust supply chain programs, the honest truth is that many companies are simply not big enough or have not dedicated the necessary resources to properly manage their supply chain.
You, compliance professionals, are not alone in navigating these difficult decisions. This engaging, interactive session is designed for compliance professionals to learn from one another and from the panelists. This is a great session for first-time attendees and those new to compliance as well as seasoned veterans willing to share their experiences.
This breakout session will be an interactive exploration of consumer product chemicals management processes, discussion of needs/gaps, and overview of available solutions to close gaps. Participants will contribute perspective on chemicals management “pain points” and priorities for improving results. We will discuss available tools and frameworks for evaluating chemicals as well as seek input and share the business value prospect of an enhanced chemicals management program. The workshop will culminate with a “sprint” to show how participants can quickly enhance a current chemicals management program toward business value.
Through examination of the Frankentoy, a hybrid toy comprised of several common toy components, attendees will learn federal toy labeling and testing requirements along with the applicable parts of the new toy standard, ASTM F963-16. The presenters will pose questions via a Q&A format and attendees will answer via anonymous poll using their smartphones. Small business resources available through the Consumer Product Safety Commission will also be discussed.
This presentation will focus on the defect investigation process utilized by the Office Compliance, and will discuss the factors taken into consideration when evaluating the risk posed by a product. Also included will be information about Commissioner involvement in the approval of corrective action plans where there is a death associated with the recalled product.”
Takashi Tatsumi was appointed as the 4th President of the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) on April 1, 2015.
Prior to joining the NITE, Dr. Tatsumi served as Executive Vice President for Research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He also served as Vice-president for the International Zeolite Association. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the British Zeolite Association. He is also an editor of the Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical.
His achievements are outstanding and he has won many awards. The main prizes are as follows: Catalysis Society of Japan Award in 2003, Science & Technology Award from the Minister of Education & Science in 2005, Japan Petroleum Institute Award in 2006, Chemical Society of Japan Award in 2007, and Alwin Mittasch Prize from DECHEMA, the expert network for chemical engineering and biotechnology in Germany, in 2012.
He obtained his Ph.D. in engineering from The University of Tokyo.
Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, manufacturers, retailers and importers are required to report certain product safety information to CPSC. What guidance and tools exist to assist industry in identifying reportable safety issues at the earliest possible moment to avoid late reporting and exposing consumers to an avoidable risk?
Through this panel of industry representatives and a practicing attorney we will discuss the following: 1) Development of a comprehensive internal compliance program to identify risks/defects before they can do harm to your customer; 2) Use of available systems to assist you in identifying risks/defects; and 3) Understanding what data to collect and review to assist in making appropriate determinations and when to actually report information to CPSC.
This panel consists of experienced product safety professionals, who also have one common element among them - they (and the moderator) all previously worked at CPSC - so with this panel you get both the industry perspective as well as insights from the panelists based upon their experiences at CPSC on what you might expect from the regulatory agency responsible for product safety.
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.
Lithium-ion batteries are a desirable choice as an energy source in a broad range of applications due to the many advantages over other battery chemistries. However, using these batteries in applications requires managing and mitigating risk in a different way. The overview will provide regulatory requirements including current gaps and strengths along with a view from engineering and human behavioral contributions.
While manufacturers are expected to participate in developing voluntary standards, what is expected of distributors and retailers? Are non-manufacturers expected to develop their own safety requirements where voluntary standards are not adequate? What risks are non-manufacturers assuming when they get involved in setting safety standards or in specifying safety components when industry-wide standards don't exist? What are the tensions between manufacturers and downstream firms that sell their products? All firms are responsible for reporting defects, but what are the respective responsibilities and liabilities of setting and meeting safety standards? The panel represents several perspectives on these issues and our roundtable welcomes comments and questions from the audience.
While most consumer product categories are regulated at the Federal level, more and more states (not just California) are passing statutes and enacting regulations that directly impact doing business. All aspects of the supply chain face the challenges of compliance and the failure to do so. A panel discussion, comprised of effected constituencies, will address “real-world” scenarios and provide “take-aways” to successfully deal with the risks that arise from the ever increasing landscape of state requirements.
Must compliance and risk management always be just a cost of doing business? Or is there a way to make those investments actually pay off—in better sourcing decisions, improved supply-chain collaboration, brand promotion, greater customer loyalty, and new business? These panelists will discuss companies that are automating the collection of product safety and compliance information, and using it to meet company-wide strategic goals. Some are now ready to make this information available in stores and online, to consumers poised to make buying decisions. What does it take, and how should you plan to make this pivotal transformation for your business? This session will help attendees understand how companies make the transition from compliance, testing and certification as a necessary cost, to enterprise-wide initiatives and information-sharing that help these savvy technology adopters generate revenue and surpass their competition.
Whether children can access a product that could contain a potentially harmful substance and the amount of time it takes for children to get inside the packaging are key factors that dictate whether an exposure occurs, the severity of the outcome, and the design of the packaging. This roundtable session will provide you with an overview of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act: how it works, how it helps, and what you need to know. Expert panelists will:
· detail the scope and origin of the PPPA,
· provide insight to the data around its efficacy in reducing exposures,
· dive into the implementation and application of the PPPA in multiple product categories,
· discuss how special packaging is designed and tested, and
· describe what enforcement may look like if something goes wrong.