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Tuesday, February 26
 

3:50pm

Breakout #01: Seeking Safer Chemicals Beyond Regulatory Requirements (repeating)
Consumer product brands and retailers are taking proactive steps to screen and select safer chemicals for products and processes. These efforts began with regulatory requirements like the REACH Regulation and Toy Safety Directive in Europe as well as California Proposition 65 in the US. Brands are moving beyond these drivers in response to pressure from NGOs, consumers, and other non-regulatory stakeholders. Coming to the forefront of these brand and retailer efforts is a growing culture of collaboration and alignment. Brands and categories are creating harmonized restricted substance lists to make it easier for suppliers to identify the priority chemicals of concern for action. But this work is going beyond the conventional list-checking processes to proactively screen and score formulations so supplier can objectively select safer formulations. In this panel discussion you will hear from professionals active in this collaborative work to describe these developments, provide examples, and offer ideas on how your company can engage as a supplier, brand, or retailer.

Moderators
avatar for Bobbi Wilding, MS

Bobbi Wilding, MS

Deputy Director, Clean & Healthy New York
Bobbi Wilding, MS, has been an environmental health advocate for over two decades. She is Deputy Director and co-founder of the non-profit organization Clean and Healthy New York. Since 2013, she has directed the Getting Ready for Baby campaign, comprised of over 100 organizations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Echols

Scott Echols

Programme DIrector, ZDHC Foundation
Scott Echols is an expert in sustainable materials and processes for the apparel and footwear industries. He has B.S and M.S. Degrees in chemistry and over 30 years of experience that has ranged from environmental chemistry to textile and footwear product chemistry. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Kern

Kristen Kern

Government Relations Representative, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
Kristen Kern is a Government Relations Representative for the American Apparel & Footwear Association. She leads AAFA’s Environmental Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Rinkevich

Joseph Rinkevich

President, Scivera
Joseph Rinkevich is Founder and President of Scivera, leading product development and customer relationships for the company. Scivera started in 2008 with a mission to help consumer product companies engage more efficiently with suppliers on the topic of safer chemicals selection... Read More →
avatar for Mike Schade

Mike Schade

Mind the Store Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Mike Schade is the Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families where he coordinates a national U.S. campaign challenging the nation’s leading retailers to transform the marketplace away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. For the previous... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Grand Ballroom North

3:50pm

Breakout #02: Exploration of Foreign Body Hazards, Mitigation Strategies, Manufacturing and Quality Controls (repeating)
Small part release continues to be a leading cause of recalls and consumer injury. The diverse backgrounds of the panelists will first expose the hazards of different types of small parts and foreign bodies via medical expert discussion, then offer practical solutions from a safety consulting lab and manufacturer perspective. By understanding the hazards, foreseeable uses, and biomechanics, panelists will continue to divulge key information to mitigate potential hazards through design direction and manufacturing process controls.

Moderators
avatar for Keith Rhoades

Keith Rhoades

Client-Facing Safety Consultant, Intertek
Keith Rhoades has dedicated his professional and academic careers to consumer product safety, human factors research, and risk awareness. At Intertek, he works within the Product Assurance group as a client-facing safety consultant. His efforts help their clients design, manufacture... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Mohorovic

Joe Mohorovic

Senior Consultant, Troutman Sanders, Chicago
Board-certified product safety expert and former CPSC Commissioner, Joe Mohorovic brings real world experience in both the private and public sectors to Troutman Sanders' world-class Product Safety team, which offers best-in-class representation over the full lifecycle of a consumer... Read More →
avatar for Kris R. Jatana, MD,  FAAP,  FACS

Kris R. Jatana, MD, FAAP, FACS

Doctor and Author
Dr. Jatana has been an author on >75 published manuscripts and book chapters and >100 presentations at scientific meetings. His research has earned several national and international awards. Since 2012, Dr. Jatana has served a leadership role on the National Button Battery Task Force... Read More →
avatar for Jared Fry

Jared Fry

Section Manager Toy Development & Safety, Mondelez International
Jared Fry, Section Manager Toy Development & Safety at Mondelez International, Jared develops winning toy offerings to be distributed within chocolate, biscuit, and snack items around the globe. His role is ensuring the safety, quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction of these... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Grand Ballroom Central

3:50pm

Breakout #03: A Computer Generated Reality is Worth 1000 Words
In a global environment for resolving disputes, visual communication crosses the barriers of technical expertise, language, and culture to achieve a united consensus. Using real time psychological testing on the audience, live demonstrations of data capture laser scanning technology, virtual reality (VR) applications, drone technology, and case specific examples of engineering visualization used in accident investigations, the panelists will provide an interactive multimedia presentation illustrating the effectiveness of scientific and engineering graphics in conveying complex concepts to fact finders and will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse at emerging demonstrative techniques.

The presentation is an interactive demonstration of best practices for using demonstrative tools and aids in technically oriented design of consumer products, independent safety research, government approved recalls, and safety standard development to give real world practical advice to attendees. Following the interactive demonstration, the moderator and panelists from industry, legal and regulated community compliance will provide comments and information regarding the practical use of this technology in real life situations, to understand accident mechanisms, to safely explore alternative product design and to investigate possible alternate incident scenarios and will further engage the audience for input and discussion of this topic.

The audience will be guided through cases involving a variety of accidents with consumer products, showing how innovative scientific approaches help investigators understand and reconstruct unwitnessed accidents, engaging the audience with visual depictions and real case specific examples. The audience will witness a virtual tour of an accident scene using the latest in Virtual Reality and hear about how this breakthrough technology is changing how investigators interact with 3D data. The audience will connect with how visualization tools provide insight into the details of emerging consumer product safety issues. Demonstrations will show how 3D laser scanned data can be combined with 3D animated surrogates to capture meaningful, detailed input to help investigators and stakeholders determine the root cause of an accident.

This audience involved presentation is a real-time, dynamic demonstration that combines new technological advancements in data capture with utilization of laser scanning and drone technology, illustrates how 3D visualization tools are a natural platform for data convergence, and provides guidelines for creating effective groundbreaking visual teaching tools for stakeholders that can be applied to various consumer products. Multiple consumer product safety stakeholder perspectives will be discussed, including independent mechanical engineering safety consultant, in-house manufacturer product safety engineer, plaintiff’s counsel, and defense counsel.

Moderators
avatar for Dennis Brickman

Dennis Brickman

Principal, Engineering System Inc.
Dennis B. Brickman, P.E. is a Principal at Engineering Systems Inc. in Aurora, IL. Mr. Brickman received a BSE in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science from Duke University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. Mr. Brickman is a licensed Professional... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Van Bree

Michael Van Bree

Director of Product Safety & Engineering, Louisville Ladder
Michael Van Bree is Director of Product Safety & Engineering at Louisville Ladder. He has held several product design and safety positions during his 20 years of industrial employment. Mr. Van Bree is responsible for safety analysis, development of safety standards and warnings, product... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Cash

Andrew Cash

Partner, Cash Frugler Fredericks
Andrew Cash is a trial lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia. A founding member of Cash Krugler Fredericks, Mr. Cash focuses exclusively on representing victims and their families in a variety of complex cases, including defective products, elevator accidents, trucking accidents and medical... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl A. Possenti

Cheryl A. Possenti

Partner, Goldberg Segalla LLP
Cheryl Possenti is a founding partner of Goldberg Segalla and has more than 30 years’ experience in the defense of complex personal injury actions. With a practice that focuses on product liability matters and related litigation — and whose extensive experience includes defending... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Grand Ballroom South

3:50pm

Breakout #04: Surviving the Fray: Uniting Differing Perspectives in Standard Development
Development of voluntary standards in the consensus-based forum of ASTM or other standard setting bodies is not always easy. Differing perspectives representing various stakeholder groups ultimately require negotiation, compromise and in some cases, relinquishing an ideal. Hear lessons learned and best practices for navigating these tricky waters from those who have survived the fray and created standards ensuring the utmost in product safety.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Trofe

Lisa Trofe

Managing Director, The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Lisa Trofe is the Managing Director for the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA).  In this role, she oversees the trade association’s product safety programming, including the Certification 2.0 program, which certifies 2,000+ juvenile products in 27 product categories... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Cowles

Nancy Cowles

Executive Director, Kids In Danger (KID)
Nancy is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy... Read More →
avatar for Bob Crowley

Bob Crowley

Global Compliance Manager, Newell Brands
Bob Crowley is a Global Compliance Manager for Newell Brands with 20 years of experience in product safety. He works in the Baby Division on juvenile products with brands such as Graco®, Aprica® and Baby Jogger®. Some of his responsibilities include compliance and testing for juvenile... Read More →
avatar for Celestine Kish

Celestine Kish

Senior Engineering Psychologist, CPSC
Celestine Kish has been with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for more than 29 years.  She is a Senior Engineering Psychologist in the Division of Human Factors.  During her tenure with the CPSC, she has done extensive work in areas pertaining to children’s products... Read More →
avatar for Len Morrissey

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 →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Congressional A/B

5:00pm

Breakout #05: Consumer Product Safety Through the Years and Into the Future: A Fireside Chat
The panelists will give their perspectives on consumer product safety before and after landmark federal laws, and on what safety oversight may look like in the future. The panelists will discuss the challenges and successes for manufacturers, suppliers, consumers, and test labs, safety culture, and the role of federal regulators.

Moderators
avatar for Kitty Pilarz

Kitty Pilarz

Vice President of Product Safety & Regulatory Compliance, Mattel, Inc.
Kitty Pilarz is Vice President of Product Safety & Regulatory Compliance for Mattel Inc.  Her team is responsible for product safety policies  and regulatory compliance for the corporation. She received the 2013  Ron Brown Leadership Award, recognizing leadership in promoting standardization... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nancy MacPherson

Nancy MacPherson

Sr. Director, Government & Public Affairs-Americas, The LEGO Group
Nancy is the Sr. Director of Government & Public Affairs at LEGO Systems, Inc. (LSI), located at the LEGO Group’s Americas headquarters in Enfield, CT.  She leads a team of experienced government affairs professionals who engage on a wide variety of issues that support the LEGO... Read More →
avatar for Don Mays

Don Mays

Chief Safety and Quality Officer, Samsung Electronics America
Don Mays is Chief Safety and Quality Officer at Samsung Electronics America where he has oversight of enterprise quality and product safety. He works to identify and mitigate product risks to Samsung, its customers, and consumers. Most recently Don was Managing Director at Deloitte... Read More →
avatar for David Pittle, Ph.D.

David Pittle, Ph.D.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (ANSI) and Consumer Product Safety Certification Services
R. David Pittle has dedicated his career to advancing the consumer interest, with special emphasis on product safety. In 1973, President Richard Nixon appointed David to be one of the original five commissioners of the U.S. CPSC. He was reappointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977... Read More →
avatar for David Friedman

David Friedman

Vice President, Advocacy
David Friedman an experienced leader, engineer, and longtime consumer advocate, David Friedman joined CR in 2017. In his role as VP, Advocacy, he leads our organization’s efforts to secure consumer safeguards, improved corporate practices, and innovative solutions to realize a fairer... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Congressional A/B

5:00pm

Breakout #06: Seeking Safer Chemicals Beyond Regulatory Requirements (repeating)
Consumer product brands and retailers are taking proactive steps to screen and select safer chemicals for products and processes. These efforts began with regulatory requirements like the REACH Regulation and Toy Safety Directive in Europe as well as California Proposition 65 in the US. Brands are moving beyond these drivers in response to pressure from NGOs, consumers, and other non-regulatory stakeholders. Coming to the forefront of these brand and retailer efforts is a growing culture of collaboration and alignment. Brands and categories are creating harmonized restricted substance lists to make it easier for suppliers to identify the priority chemicals of concern for action. But this work is going beyond the conventional list-checking processes to proactively screen and score formulations so supplier can objectively select safer formulations. In this panel discussion you will hear from professionals active in this collaborative work to describe these developments, provide examples, and offer ideas on how your company can engage as a supplier, brand, or retailer.

Moderators
avatar for Bobbi Wilding, MS

Bobbi Wilding, MS

Deputy Director, Clean & Healthy New York
Bobbi Wilding, MS, has been an environmental health advocate for over two decades. She is Deputy Director and co-founder of the non-profit organization Clean and Healthy New York. Since 2013, she has directed the Getting Ready for Baby campaign, comprised of over 100 organizations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Echols

Scott Echols

Programme DIrector, ZDHC Foundation
Scott Echols is an expert in sustainable materials and processes for the apparel and footwear industries. He has B.S and M.S. Degrees in chemistry and over 30 years of experience that has ranged from environmental chemistry to textile and footwear product chemistry. He is currently... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Kern

Kristen Kern

Government Relations Representative, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
Kristen Kern is a Government Relations Representative for the American Apparel & Footwear Association. She leads AAFA’s Environmental Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Rinkevich

Joseph Rinkevich

President, Scivera
Joseph Rinkevich is Founder and President of Scivera, leading product development and customer relationships for the company. Scivera started in 2008 with a mission to help consumer product companies engage more efficiently with suppliers on the topic of safer chemicals selection... Read More →
avatar for Mike Schade

Mike Schade

Mind the Store Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Mike Schade is the Mind the Store Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families where he coordinates a national U.S. campaign challenging the nation’s leading retailers to transform the marketplace away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. For the previous... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom North

5:00pm

Breakout #07: Exploration of Foreign Body Hazards, Mitigation Strategies, Manufacturing and Quality Controls (repeating)
Small part release continues to be a leading cause of recalls and consumer injury. The diverse backgrounds of the panelists will first expose the hazards of different types of small parts and foreign bodies via medical expert discussion, then offer practical solutions from a safety consulting lab and manufacturer perspective. By understanding the hazards, foreseeable uses, and biomechanics, panelists will continue to divulge key information to mitigate potential hazards through design direction and manufacturing process controls.




Moderators
avatar for Keith Rhoades

Keith Rhoades

Client-Facing Safety Consultant, Intertek
Keith Rhoades has dedicated his professional and academic careers to consumer product safety, human factors research, and risk awareness. At Intertek, he works within the Product Assurance group as a client-facing safety consultant. His efforts help their clients design, manufacture... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kris R. Jatana, MD,  FAAP,  FACS

Kris R. Jatana, MD, FAAP, FACS

Doctor and Author
Dr. Jatana has been an author on >75 published manuscripts and book chapters and >100 presentations at scientific meetings. His research has earned several national and international awards. Since 2012, Dr. Jatana has served a leadership role on the National Button Battery Task Force... Read More →
avatar for Jared Fry

Jared Fry

Section Manager Toy Development & Safety, Mondelez International
Jared Fry, Section Manager Toy Development & Safety at Mondelez International, Jared develops winning toy offerings to be distributed within chocolate, biscuit, and snack items around the globe. His role is ensuring the safety, quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction of these... Read More →
avatar for Joe Mohorovic

Joe Mohorovic

Senior Consultant, Troutman Sanders, Chicago
Board-certified product safety expert and former CPSC Commissioner, Joe Mohorovic brings real world experience in both the private and public sectors to Troutman Sanders' world-class Product Safety team, which offers best-in-class representation over the full lifecycle of a consumer... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Central

5:00pm

Breakout #08: Using Consumer Product Liability Information Constructively for Product Safety
Lawsuits can have merit and valuable injury data and defect patterns come to light in the evidence submitted. The regulated community should be aware of information created that may be relevant to present and future production of their products. The panel will discuss their experiences in product liability cases that could help the regulated community and the Commission focus on eliminating defects that create a substantial product hazard.

Moderators
avatar for David Schmeltzer

David Schmeltzer

Senior Advisor to Stericycle, Consumer Product Safety Consultant
David Schmeltzer is a product safety consultant who specializes in matters involving the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He joined the Commission shortly after it was formed in 1973 and remained with the Commission working with seven different Chairmen. First as Deputy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Herling

Dan Herling

Member & Co-Chair, Mintz
Dan Herling  is the member and co-chair, Product Liability Practice with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. law firm. His offices are in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is highly regarded for his defense of product liability cases involving consumer products. He... Read More →
avatar for Don Keenan

Don Keenan

Product Liability Attorney, The Keenan Law Firm
Don Keenan is a founder of Keenan’s Kid Foundation and well-known plaintiff’s trial attorney. During his 43 years of practice Mr. Keenan has handled children catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in 47 states and 5 foreign countries. He calls this unique approach to law... Read More →


Tuesday February 26, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom South
 
Wednesday, February 27
 

3:15pm

Breakout #09: Think Like a Consumer: Proactive Safety Engineering (repeating)
This interactive panel will discuss how to integrate safety into the design and manufacturing process. This includes going beyond safety standards, especially when standards aren’t keeping up with new technology or don’t exist for a product and involves understanding consumer behavior, being able to predict consumer use patterns, and tools to design solutions to hazards that don't themselves become a hazard. The panel will discuss scenarios, highlighting best practices and strategies for anticipating safety issues more effectively in design.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Cowles

Nancy Cowles

Executive Director, Kids In Danger (KID)
Nancy is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rana Balci-Sinha

Rana Balci-Sinha

Division Director, Human Factors, US CPSC
Rana Balci-Sinha serves as Director of Human Factors Division at CPSC. She worked as human factors engineer at CPSC for seven years before being appointed to her current position in 2016. In her previous role, Rana managed rulemaking projects, worked on product recall effectiveness... Read More →
avatar for Jeanne Murphy

Jeanne Murphy

FERRERO: Kinder Toy Development
Jeanne joined Ferrero in 1993 and spent 18 years abroad working for the Group in Bruxelles and Luxembourg doing marketing, advertising and strategic planning for brands around the world.  In 2011 she returned to the USA in a government/public affairs capacity with remit for a wide... Read More →
avatar for Simon Long

Simon Long

Product Safety, Dyson
Having gained many years of engineering experience across a range of industries, Simon is currently Head of Product Safety at Dyson, manufacturers of domestic appliances. With new technology and innovative designs, Dyson recognizes that simply meeting Approvals Standards does not... Read More →
avatar for John McNulty

John McNulty

Head of Safety and Compliance Engineering for Hardware, Google
John McNulty leads the Compliance (Safety-Environment-EMC-RF-Carrier) and beyond regulatory Safety teams for Google's consumer hardware division. The products he is responsible for include smart phones, laptops, tablets, wireless chargers, WiFi routers, speakers, thermostats, smoke/CO... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom North

3:15pm

Breakout #10: Technology: A Powerful Tool for Improving Recall Effectiveness (repeating)
Technology is a silent yet highly effective advocate in its role of product and recall notifications uniting manufacturers and consumers. And today’s consumers expect the speed and ease of technology – and in fact may even prefer, during a recall, to interact with chatbots to receive company and personal communications. 

We will discuss the importance of technology for identifying consumers during critical onboarding moments and the best ways to connect to them when needed. We’ll share perspectives from all constituents alongside of the latest research on consumer communication preferences. We will hear from marketing experts and safety and recall experts who can provide insight into these issues and discuss whether companies should have different strategies to reach different consumer populations.

Moderators
avatar for Heather Wilkerson

Heather Wilkerson

VP, Marketing, Registria
Heather leads Marketing at Registria, with a diverse background in customer data, marketing technology and SaaS organizations. Heather's experience leading marketing initiatives and driving business growth has been across various business stages ranging from startup to challenger... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Remington Gregg

Remington Gregg

Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights
Remington is Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights where he leads the fight to protect American consumers from corporate rip-offs and abuses, working on a portfolio that includes access to justice, forced arbitration, product safety, and consumer protection.Previously, Remington... Read More →
avatar for Linnea Catalan

Linnea Catalan

Executive Director, Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA)
Linnea Catalan has been the Executive Director of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance trade organization for 6.5 years. Through the BCIA Linnea works to propagate industry standards and promote educational outreach, working with regulators, consumer groups and industry leaders. One... Read More →
avatar for Shelby Mathis

Shelby Mathis

Small Business Ombudsman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Shelby serves as the Small Business Ombudsman at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Through her office, Shelby aims to provide information to small businesses that is clear, easy to understand, and consistent with agency policy. Before joining the CPSC, Shelby worked at Johns... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom Central

3:15pm

Breakout #11: Policymakers' Perspective on Product Safety
Current and former Congressional staff and stakeholders will discuss historical, current and possible future Congressional perspectives and action on CPSC. What are the lessons learned in previous Congressional reviews of the Commission and its statutory authorities which might foreshadow future Hill activity? How does working on the Hill and then at CPSC or in the private sector change one's perspectives about CPSC and product safety policy?

Moderators
avatar for Charles A. Samuels

Charles A. Samuels

Partner, Mintz
Chuck Samuels is an antitrust and regulatory lawyer who devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting clients with consumer product safety and environmental regulations. He serves as general counsel to numerous trade associations. For the Association of Home Appliance... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Day

Christopher Day

Democratic Deputy Staff Director, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Christopher Day is the Democratic Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  Prior to that, Mr. Day served as Deputy Legislative Director in the Office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, where he handled all of the Senator's non-transportation... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Goldman

Lisa Goldman

Senior Counsel, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Lisa Goldman is Senior Counsel for the Majority Staff of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Her work focuses on product safety, emerging technology, auto safety, and general consumer protection. Before coming to work in the... Read More →
avatar for Jana Fong-Swamidoss

Jana Fong-Swamidoss

Senior Counsel to Commissioner Elliot Kaye, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Jana Fong-Swamidoss is Chief Counsel to Commissioner Elliot F. Kaye of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  From September 2014 to February 2017, she also served as Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel to Commissioner Kaye during his tenure as Chairman of the CPSC.  Ms... Read More →
avatar for Paul Nagle

Paul Nagle

Former Senate Commerce Committee, Alibaba
Mr. Nagle is a Director of International Government Affairs for Alibaba Group. Product safety is one of the many important issues that Mr. Nagle focuses on for Alibaba Group, with other issues including foreign investment, export controls, data security and privacy, as well as fintech... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom South

3:15pm

Breakout #12: Chasing the Unicorn - Why is it so Hard to Achieve International Harmonisation of Product Safety Standards?
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.  

Moderators
avatar for Claire Temple

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Eva Sinkovic

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 →
avatar for Len Morrissey

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 →
avatar for Carol Pollack-Nelson, Ph.D.

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 →
avatar for Joan Lawrence

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
Congressional A/B

4:25pm

Breakout #13: Think Like a Consumer: Proactive Safety Engineering (repeating)
This interactive panel will discuss how to integrate safety into the design and manufacturing process. This includes going beyond safety standards, especially when standards aren’t keeping up with new technology or don’t exist for a product and involves understanding consumer behavior, being able to predict consumer use patterns, and tools to design solutions to hazards that don't themselves become a hazard. The panel will discuss scenarios, highlighting best practices and strategies for anticipating safety issues more effectively in design.

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Cowles

Nancy Cowles

Executive Director, Kids In Danger (KID)
Nancy is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rana Balci-Sinha

Rana Balci-Sinha

Division Director, Human Factors, US CPSC
Rana Balci-Sinha serves as Director of Human Factors Division at CPSC. She worked as human factors engineer at CPSC for seven years before being appointed to her current position in 2016. In her previous role, Rana managed rulemaking projects, worked on product recall effectiveness... Read More →
avatar for Jeanne Murphy

Jeanne Murphy

FERRERO: Kinder Toy Development
Jeanne joined Ferrero in 1993 and spent 18 years abroad working for the Group in Bruxelles and Luxembourg doing marketing, advertising and strategic planning for brands around the world.  In 2011 she returned to the USA in a government/public affairs capacity with remit for a wide... Read More →
avatar for Simon Long

Simon Long

Product Safety, Dyson
Having gained many years of engineering experience across a range of industries, Simon is currently Head of Product Safety at Dyson, manufacturers of domestic appliances. With new technology and innovative designs, Dyson recognizes that simply meeting Approvals Standards does not... Read More →
avatar for John McNulty

John McNulty

Head of Safety and Compliance Engineering for Hardware, Google
John McNulty leads the Compliance (Safety-Environment-EMC-RF-Carrier) and beyond regulatory Safety teams for Google's consumer hardware division. The products he is responsible for include smart phones, laptops, tablets, wireless chargers, WiFi routers, speakers, thermostats, smoke/CO... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Grand Ballroom North

4:25pm

Breakout #14: Technology: A Powerful Tool for Improving Recall Effectiveness (repeating)
Technology is a silent yet highly effective advocate in its role of product and recall notifications uniting manufacturers and consumers. And today’s consumers expect the speed and ease of technology – and in fact may even prefer, during a recall, to interact with chatbots to receive company and personal communications. 

We will discuss the importance of technology for identifying consumers during critical onboarding moments and the best ways to connect to them when needed. We’ll share perspectives from all constituents alongside of the latest research on consumer communication preferences. We will hear from marketing experts and safety and recall experts who can provide insight into these issues and discuss whether companies should have different strategies to reach different consumer populations.

Moderators
avatar for Heather Wilkerson

Heather Wilkerson

VP, Marketing, Registria
Heather leads Marketing at Registria, with a diverse background in customer data, marketing technology and SaaS organizations. Heather's experience leading marketing initiatives and driving business growth has been across various business stages ranging from startup to challenger... Read More →

Speakers
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Remington Gregg

Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights
Remington is Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights where he leads the fight to protect American consumers from corporate rip-offs and abuses, working on a portfolio that includes access to justice, forced arbitration, product safety, and consumer protection.Previously, Remington... Read More →
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Linnea Catalan

Executive Director, Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA)
Linnea Catalan has been the Executive Director of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance trade organization for 6.5 years. Through the BCIA Linnea works to propagate industry standards and promote educational outreach, working with regulators, consumer groups and industry leaders. One... Read More →
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Shelby Mathis

Small Business Ombudsman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Shelby serves as the Small Business Ombudsman at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Through her office, Shelby aims to provide information to small businesses that is clear, easy to understand, and consistent with agency policy. Before joining the CPSC, Shelby worked at Johns... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Grand Ballroom Central

4:25pm

Breakout #15: - Knowing Your Suppliers: Emerging Technologies to Affirm Provenance
Companies undertake a variety of activities to identify, understand, and manage supply chain related risks. These risks range from product quality, to regulatory compliance, to social concerns, to environmental sustainability. Foundational to effective supply chain management is understanding the participant’s in a company’s supply chain. In an environment where ​Transparency​ is the new norm - knowing the supply chain is critical. Through emerging technologies, companies are increasingly able to understand and affirm critical assertions related to the composition of their supply chain. These technologies range from supply chain mapping and management platforms to blockchain applications to enabling and enhancing technologies using DNA forensics. In all cases, through technology - including Big Data Analytics and Distributed Computing - companies are better positioned to have more confident insight into the location, processes and activities outside of their direct control.

Moderators
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Dr. Pratik Ichhaporia

Director, Technical Services, Intertek
Dr. Pratik Ichhaporia is a frequent speaker and author on quality, safety and environmental issues affecting the textiles, toys, and hardlines industries. In his capacity as the Director of Technical Services, Pratik provides counsel to Intertek customers about compliance with and... Read More →

Speakers
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Adam Altrichter

Product Manager, Phylagen, Inc.
Adam Altrichter is a Product Manager at Phylagen leading product and customer development in supply chain applications. He has a background in data science and molecular ecology with extensive experience in microbiome technology applications. He has previously been on trailblazing... Read More →
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Matt Smith

President & Founder, ICIX
Matt Smith is the Founder of ICIX, where he is responsible for determining the company’s vision and cultivating strategic relationships. A recognized authority in supply chain risk management and product safety, he works with governments and advocacy groups to determine and champion... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Grand Ballroom South

4:25pm

Breakout #16: Expanding Your Business - Product Safety Approaches in Non-Traditional Markets
Companies are increasingly looking to expand into less traditional markets such as Asia and the Middle East. Taking a holistic approach, this session looks not just at product safety regulations but also the nuances of individual country approaches to product safety, their enforcement and real-life challenges and solutions to help you grow your business in these areas. Countries to be discussed include Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Russia, Brazil, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Moderators
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Toni Galligan

Global Director of Premium Safety and Packaging Quality, Kellog Company
Toni Galligan is Global Director of Premium Safety and Packaging Quality at the Kellogg Company. With 20+ years’ experience in various roles, Ms. Galligan has worked with Kellogg Premiums and promotions since 2005. She led the development of global policies and best practices for... Read More →

Speakers
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Ann Leung

QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection)
Dr. Ann Leung holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Imperial College in London, England. She is an expert in global regulatory compliance in the sphere of chemical, toys, hardlines, and softlines, with over a decade of experience in consumer product testing and certification... Read More →
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Alexander Murph

Director, Product Safety & Compliance, The Step2 Company
Alexander Murph is the director of product safety and compliance at Step2. He has worked in product safety for 10 years and is in charge of global compliance for Step2 products. In this role he oversees the day to day operations of the lab, involved in product realization and ensures... Read More →


Wednesday February 27, 2019 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Congressional A/B