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Wednesday, February 27 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Breakout #12: Chasing the Unicorn - Why is it so Hard to Achieve International Harmonisation of Product Safety Standards?

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Within the international product safety community, across all stakeholder groups, there is universal acceptance of the desirability of international harmonization of product safety standards and regulatory requirements for product safety.   Yet this remains an elusive goal, with examples of high degrees of harmonization being rare in any consumer product sector.  Yet strong examples of success are seen in other sectors, for example the aviation industry.  So why is harmonization so challenging in the consumer products sectors?

This session will start to open up a new discussion on the topic, highlighting some real-world case studies that provide examples of where a good degree of international harmonization has been achieved, and examples of where it has proved to be elusive.

The discussion will be led by experts in the field from around the world with hands-on experience of the practical challenges that arise when seeking international harmonisation, and the difficulties that exist when that goal proves to be difficult to achieve.

Ultimately, the objective of this discussion is to start looking at this issue from a fresh angle, to help us to start to find workable solutions.  

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Claire Temple

Special Counsel, Cooley LLP
Claire Temple, Special Counsel at Cooley LLP. An international products lawyer and regulatory specialist, Claire helps clients navigate the world of international product regulation to understand their compliance obligations and risk when designing and developing consumer products... Read More →

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Eva Sinkovic

Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers Product Safety and Rapid Alert System, European Commission
Eva Sinkovic works in Brussels, Belgium at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers as Policy officer in the unit Product Safety and Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products. She is dealing with standards for consumer products as well as with... Read More →
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Len Morrissey

Director, Technical Committee Operations Division, ASTM International
Len Morrissey is a director in the Technical Committee Operations Division of ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world.In his role, he leads a team that coordinates the standardization activities of over 50 ASTM Technical Committees... Read More →
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Carol Pollack-Nelson, Ph.D.

Human Factors Psychologist, Independent Safety Consulting
Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson is a Human factors psychologist specializing in consumer product safety.  Serves as consultant to industry, government, attorneys to evaluate product design, warnings, instructions for a wide variety of products including children's toys and furniture, recreational... Read More →
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Joan Lawrence

Senior Vice President of Standards and Regulatory Affairs, The Toy Association
Joan Lawrence is Senior Vice President of Standards and Regulatory Affairs for The Toy Association. A 25+year veteran of The Toy Association, Ms. Lawrence's role includes managing the Association's product safety programs -- including leading efforts in the development of U.S. and... Read More →

Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST
Congressional A/B