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Wednesday, February 27
 

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 →
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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
Congressional A/B

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
avatar for Toni Galligan

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 →
avatar for Alexander Murph

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