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Tuesday, February 26

8:15am EST

Plenary #01: "It's a Small World After All" - Global Regulator Interactive Discussion
It’s a small product safety world, after all!  During this plenary panel, government officials representing regulatory agencies from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, and the United Kingdom will bring us up to date on the priorities of new administrations, key regulatory initiatives, and policies all ICPHSO stakeholders will want to know about.

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Richard O'Brien

Director of International Programs, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
At the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Richard. O’Brien oversees the regulatory agency’s international activities.  This includes coordinating with foreign product safety agencies and providing training on U.S. requirements to foreign suppliers and to overseas buyers for... Read More →

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Paulo Coscarelli

Specialist in product safety regulation, Inmetro
Paulo Coscarelli is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a Master degree in Management Systems. He also holds a Post-Graduate degree in Management of Market Surveillance and Regulatory Activities in Product Safety Systems. He is taking a PhD in International Regulatory Cooperation on product... Read More →
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Richard Frewin

Assistant Director, Office for Product Safety & Standards (UK)
Richard Frewin is an experienced national and international regulator. He is currently working on the development of the UK’s national product safety capability.  He is leading on a number of projects relating to product safety risk assessment and the coordination of market surveillance... Read More →
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Neville Matthew

Executive General Manager, Consumer Small Business Product Safety Division, Custralian Competition & Consumer Commission
Neville Matthew is the General Manager of the Consumer Product Safety Branch at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Neville has an extensive background in regulation and joined the ACCC in October 2013, on transfer from the Australian national agricultural chemical... Read More →
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Tolga Yalkin

Director General, Health Canada
In his role as the Director General of Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Directorate Tolga Yalkin is responsible for the assessment, management and communication of health and safety risks for all consumer products and cosmetics in Canada.Tolga was previously the Executive... Read More →

Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am EST
Grand Ballroom

9:15am EST

Plenary #02: E-commerce and the Rise of Counterfeits: Ensuring the Safety of Products Sold Online
Global ecommerce sales have surpassed the trillion-dollar mark, and it has allowed products to reach consumers’ hands faster than ever. Direct-to-consumer sales via e-commerce platforms allow consumers to buy products from anywhere in the world and have it delivered directly to their homes. There are immense benefits of e-commerce, but also challenges.

Although product safety requirements apply to products regardless of whether they are sold online or via brick-and-mortar stores, products sold online may be harder to track, monitor and verify, and non-compliant products may more easily reach consumer’s hand. In addition, there is a growing trend of counterfeited product being sold online: the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 40% of items purchased from third-party sellers on five popular e-commerce sites (ranging from cosmetics to sneakers to electronics) ended up being counterfeit.

Most counterfeit products are poor-quality and can cause serious injuries. This panel discussion will engage e-commerce platforms, brick and mortar retailers, governments, consumer groups and the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) industry to discuss best practices and recommendations for addressing the challenges caused by counterfeit and unsafe consumer products sold online.

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Hanane Taidi

Director General, IFIA The International Federation of Inspection Agencies
Hanane Taidi has joined IFIA (The International Federation of Inspection Agencies) as Director General in July 2016. In this role, Ms Taidi represents the Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry, a sector that provides independent conformity assessment around the world with... Read More →

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Steve Burkhart

Vice President Administration, General Counsel and Secretary, BIC Corporation
Steve is Vice President Administration, General Counsel and Secretary for BIC Corporation in Shelton, Connecticut. Before joining BIC, Steve was in private practice at Venable.In addition to his general counsel responsibilities, Steve serves as a Convenor of ISO TC61 SC4 WG10 for... Read More →
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Dana Baiocco

Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Dana Baiocco joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on June 1, 2018. She was confirmed by the Senate on May 22, 2018. Ms. Baiocco’s appointment by President Donald Trump is for a seven-year term, retroactively beginning on October 27, 2017.Prior to joining the Commission... Read More →
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Q VanBeschoten

Vice President, Compliance & Risk, Intertek
Q VanBenschoten, Vice President, Compliance & Risk for Intertek, is a licensed private investigator and maintains certifications in fraud examination, human resources and mediation. She focuses on compliance, business risk and brand protection, leads investigations, collaborates with... Read More →
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Amy Ziegler

Shareholder, Green Burns & Crain Ltd.
Amy Ziegler is a shareholder with the law firm Greer Burns & Crain in Chicago. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, Internet and technology law. Ms. Ziegler manages global trademark portfolios for a variety of businesses, including companies in the consumer and luxury goods... Read More →

Tuesday February 26, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Grand Ballroom

10:45am EST

Plenary #03: Hot Topics from Prop. 65 and Other State Right to Know Laws
Hear the latest in new and expected Proposition 65 regulations, litigation trends, agency guidance, and recent Court decisions.  How are companies dealing with recent DEHP, DINP, and lead Notices of Violation?  How are supply chains reacting to the new regulations governing allocation of responsibility for warnings?  Also hear about the implementation of cleaning product right to know laws in New York and California.

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Gary Roberts

Partner, Dentons US LLP
Gary Roberts has been assisting consumer product companies and their trade associations on Proposition 65 issues for over 28 years. Proposition 65 litigation, counseling, and government interactions are over half of his practice. Gary was one of the three lead authors of comments... Read More →

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Paul Bokota

Vice President & Division General Counsel, Spectrum Brands
Paul Bokota is the Vice President & Division General Counsel for the Hardware & Home Improvement division (“HHI”) located in Lake Forest, California. Paul oversees and manages all legal work for HHI worldwide and Spectrum Brands legal issues in Canada. He also manages Spectrum... Read More →
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Jennifer Gibbons

VP, State Government Affairs, The Toy Association
Jennifer Gibbons is Vice President of State Government Affairs for the Toy Association. She directs the Toy Association’s legislative and regulatory efforts at the state level, and works on issues related to product safety, chemical regulation, and environmental sustainability across... Read More →
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Michael Green

CEO, Center for Environmental Health
Michael Green is Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) which he founded in 1996. CEH is a leading advocate for comprehensive chemical policy and uses both a carrot and stick to change corporate behavior in order to protect people from illnesses related... Read More →

Tuesday February 26, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EST
Grand Ballroom

2:20pm EST

Plenary #04: Compliance Officer: Company Super Hero or Company Super Villain
How do compliance teams and product teams co-exist? This panel will examine the challenges that may arise while creating a product for the consumer marketplace when the teams are not fully aligned and discuss strategies for building a harmonious cross-functional relationship within the organization.

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Danni Cugini

Product Compliance Manager, Harbor Freight Tools
Danielle R. Cugini is the Product Compliance Manager for Harbor Freight Tools. Prior to joining Harbor Freight in 2016, Danielle managed product compliance and digital environmental compliance programs for Barnes & Noble/NOOK. Before transitioning into compliance, Danielle worked... Read More →

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Nathan Cardon

Associate General Counsel, AR/VR Quality & Safety Operations, Facebook, Inc.
Nathan Cardon works with Facebook’s Oculus and Portal teams to ensure their augmented and virtual reality products provide fun, engaging, and safe experiences to people who use them. He supports these products across their full life-cycle. Previously, Nathan worked in private practice... Read More →
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Shelia Gottschalk

Product Integrity Consultant, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Shelia Gottschalk is experienced in product safety, regulatory compliance, and quality management for more than 18 years developing product that includes home décor, seasonal décor, children’s product, toys, and apparel. Primary responsibilities include working with suppliers... Read More →
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Monica Welt

Director of Compliance, Big Lots Stores, Inc.
Monica Welt is Director of Compliance for Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG), a Fortune 500 unique, discount retailer with annual revenues exceeding $5 billion. Monica joined Big Lots in 2015 to build an enterprise-wide compliance program governing ~1450 stores and 5 distribution centers... Read More →

Tuesday February 26, 2019 2:20pm - 3:20pm EST
Grand Ballroom
Wednesday, February 27

2:15pm EST

Plenary Session: ICPHSO Inclusion
Hear and see a compelling video of ICPHSO's efforts over the last year to take its commitment to stakeholder inclusion to an even higher level within the product safety community.  Product safety has no boundaries and is non-partisan from the human perspective.  We kicked off the Inclusion Initiative during Pride Month at Amazon, in Seattle, WA  in June 2018 at our Northwest Regional Product Safety Training Workshop.  An additional session took place in November 2018 at the ICPHSO International Symposium in Brussels. 

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Belinda May

ICPHSO President/Partner, Dentons US LLP
Belinda May is ICPHSO's President.  She has served on the ICPHSO Board of Directors since 2015.  Ms. May practices with Dentons' US consumer products, regulatory, and litigation groups and routinely works with colleagues on matters around the world.  She is a partner in the firm's... Read More →
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Carol Roberts

Associate, Cooley LLP
Carol  Roberts is an associate in Cooley’s product compliance and product liability team. She advises world leading brands on product compliance and regulatory matters, ranging from new product launches, to challenges that can arise throughout the life of a product.  Her experience... Read More →

Wednesday February 27, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm EST
Grand Ballroom
Thursday, February 28

8:30am EST

Plenary #05: Agencies Stand United for Consumer Product Safety - Evolving Approaches for Innovation & Technology
In the new age of the IoT, innovative and nontraditional products are making their way into consumers' hands with increasing regularity.   In fact, IoT products are touching every aspect of our lives, resulting in blurred lines amongst agencies' cross-jurisdictional reach. As a result, agencies must balance desires not to over-regulate with the competing desires to make sure consumers are somehow protected when they engage with non-traditional products. In this session, a panel of senior government regulators will discuss how the government approaches regulating emerging technology products from a risk and regulatory perspective. Additionally, the panelists will explore how they can and do unite to best effectuate a shared mission of protecting consumers and how they are adapting as it becomes easier for consumers to obtain innovative and cross-functioning products.

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Sarah Carlson

Partner, Dentons US LLP
Sarah Carlson is a Partner at Dentons, where she focuses on consumer products and advertising law.  Sarah is a member of ICPHSO and presented at the 2016 International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization Annual Meeting & Training Symposium (presentation titled - "Civil... Read More →

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Lesley Fair

Senior Attorney, Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection
Lesley Fair is a Senior Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. For more than 20 years she litigated false advertising and fraud cases. She now specializes in industry outreach and serves as the primary author of the FTC’s Business Blog, which... Read More →
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Peter A. Feldman

Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Peter A. Feldman is a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump, and confirmed by the United States Senate, to complete the remainder of a term expiring in October 2019.  Mr. Feldman was re-nominated, and confirmed... Read More →
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Finch Fulton

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, US Department of Transportation
Finch Fulton is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.He served as a member of the President’s Transition Team, focusing on Transportation and Infrastructure Policy, and with the Department of Transportation as a Special Advisor to the Secretary on Transportation... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am EST
Grand Ballroom

9:30am EST

Plenary #06: Periscope Up! - Fresh Approaches to Product Safety Questions for Fast Moving New Consumer Technologies
New digital technologies including IoT, artificial intelligence, autonomous machines and 3D printing are creating new challenges, and raising new questions for innovative manufacturers of products deploying those technologies. Existing standards frequently fall short of providing meaningful parameters, and manufacturers risk falling foul of regulations which may inhibit their ability to continue to innovate and market their products. Likewise, regulators and policy-makers around the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the adequacy of existing regulatory structures to deal with the new safety challenges of new digital technologies.  They are questioning whether significant reforms are needed but struggling to adapt quickly enough to deal with the tech revolution.
As the rate of implementation of these technologies in the consumer products sector continues to gather pace, these challenges, and these questions are not going to go away.  New approaches are needed, and fast.
This session will start to discuss how solutions to many of these issues for the consumer products sector may be more readily found if we avoid “tunnel vision” on the topic.  Beyond the consumer products sector, many of the same questions are being considered in other sectors and in other contexts, in some cases with the development of solutions being relatively advanced around the world.  
• What can we learn from those other sectors, and those other contexts?  
• How can the consumer product safety community benefit from a more “united” outlook with other sectors when it comes to new tech?

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Richard O'Brien

Director of International Programs, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
At the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Richard. O’Brien oversees the regulatory agency’s international activities.  This includes coordinating with foreign product safety agencies and providing training on U.S. requirements to foreign suppliers and to overseas buyers for... Read More →

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Rod Freeman

Partner, Cooley LLP
Rod Freeman is an international products lawyer. He is routinely ranked as a leading product litigation lawyer in the major legal directories, where he is described as “the outstanding go-to specialist for product liability matters” and “without a shadow of a doubt the most... Read More →
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Matt Dickman

Technical Program Manager, Health & Safety, Oculus VR
Matthew Dickman leads the product health and safety efforts at Oculus with a focus on real-world utilization. Prior to joining Oculus, Matt spent 9 years working in medical imaging driving worldwide applications for portable CT scanners, most recently with Samsung. He has a passion... Read More →
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Jason Levine

Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety
Jason Levine is the Executive Director of the Center for Auto Safety, an 48 year-old independent, member supported, non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington, DC focused on auto safety, quality, and fuel economy. Prior to joining the Center, Jason served as the Director... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am EST
Grand Ballroom

11:00am EST

Plenary #07: Interactive Product Safety Simulation
Humans are “emotional, semi-rational creatures, plagued with a host of biases, mental shortcuts, and errors in thinking.” Most product safety professionals are humans, ergo most of us are also semi-rational and plagued with flaws in our logic (non-humans excepted). Thanks to the research on cognitive bias, our semi-rationality is predictable. This interactive simulation will take you on a fun journey to explore how confirmation bias, arguably one of the most common cognitive biases, can impact product safety. Diverse viewpoints will be illustrated by the lively characters showcased by the panel. Practical takeaways will be given on how the safety community can work together to evolve and cope efficiently with a complex and dynamic environment.

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Xiao Chen

Vice President Product Assurance, Intertek
Xiao Chen serves as Vice President Product Assurance at Intertek. Xiao has more than 18 years’ experience advising manufacturers, retailers, governmental agencies and standard development organizations on hazard analysis, risk assessment, and risk communication. Her specialty resides... Read More →

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Geoff Barrett

Director, Risk Mangement Bureau, Health Canada
Geoff Barrett is the Director of the Risk Management Bureau (RMB) of the Consumer Product Safety Directorate, HECSB, HC. In this role he is responsible for the development of risk management approaches including communications with consumers, contributing to the development of regional... Read More →
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Matt Howsare

Member and Co-Chair Consumer Products Practice/ICPHSO President Elect and Symposium Planning Chairman, Mintz Levin
Matt Howsare is a Member with the law firm of Mintz Levin in Washington, DC and Co-Chair of the firm’s Consumer Products Practice. Mr. Howsare focuses on federal, state, and international product safety matters and related regulatory issues and litigation. He provides representation... Read More →
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David Kosnoff

Vice President Quality Assurance, Hasbro Far East, Ltd
David Kosnoff is Vice President Quality Assurance for Hasbro Far East, Ltd, the global development and sourcing arm of Hasbro, Inc., the world’s largest toy company. Based in Hong Kong, he leads Quality Engineering, Vendor Quality Management, Chemical Compliance, and Asia Product... 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 →

Thursday February 28, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Grand Ballroom

12:00pm EST

United for Senior Safety - Lunch and Luncheon Keynote Presentation: CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler
Commissioner Robert Adler will discuss his vision for senior safety including CPCS’s incident data involving older Americans. Commissioner Adler will also highlight the Senior Safety Initiative he proposed in 2014 as Acting Chair of the Commission which will include the action steps he recommends for the CPSC to address and ultimately reduce product safety related hazards to seniors

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Robert S. Adler

Commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Robert S. Adler is a Commissioner at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He began serving as a Commissioner August 18, 2009. He was renominated by President Obama on May 14, 2014 and confirmed by the senate on December 2, 2014. His term runs through October 2021... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm EST

Plenary #08: United for Senior Safety Plenary Session
This panel brings together expert panelists representing community groups, academia, and manufacturers, all working to promote safer products for seniors. Our goal is to highlight the complex and nuanced issues related to the regulation, design, marketing, and safe use of products for seniors.

Dr Johnathon Ehsani from Johns Hopkins University will share recent examples and highlights of safety concerns in products for seniors.

Helen O’Connor, is a researcher at P&G one of the world's largest fast-moving-consumer-goods companies. She will discuss her work with seniors to identify the challenges they face across multiple product categories that are key to Activities of Independent Daily Living. She then works with design teams to create solutions to address those challenges focusing on irresistible consumer experiences that happen to also drive safe independent living.

Randy Cooper, VP for Technical Operations and Standards at the Association for Home Appliance Manufacturers, will discuss potential hazard patterns for seniors related to appliances, and solutions that appliance manufacturers are implementing through proposals to voluntary consensus standards.

Dr Wendy Baldwin, AARP Chapter President, will provide perspective from the country's best known advocacy organization for older Americans, and discuss moving from data to policy as we work together towards making products safer for seniors.

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Alan Abrahams

Associate Professor of Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech
Dr Alan Abrahams is an Associate Professor of Business Information Technology at Virginia Tech, and is a member of the Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research team are winners of the international... Read More →

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Dr. Wendy Baldwin

AARP Chapter President
Dr. Wendy Baldwin trained as a social demographer, Baldwin spent 30 years at the National Institutes of Health. She also led an international poverty, gender, and youth program at the Population Council in NY. Before retiring to Blacksburg, VA, she was president of the Population... Read More →
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Randy Cooper

Vice President, Technical Operations & Standards, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers - AHAM
Randy Cooper joined AHAM in July 2016 as AHAM’s Vice President of Technical Operations & Standards. In this role, he is the staff leader on a host of technical and regulatory issues, including liaison with safety and performance standards organizations. He is the staff coordinator... Read More →
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Dr. Johnathon Ehsani

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Ehsani is an injury prevention researcher based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research areas include road safety, product safety and opioid-related deaths. is the current Leon S. Robertson Chair in Injury Prevention.
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Helen O'Connor

Group Scientist, Procter & Gamble
Helen O’Connor is a Group Scientist at Procter & Gamble who spends her days searching for the consumer truths that will turn everyday chores like doing laundry, the dishes or sweeping the floor into something people can enjoy or maybe even look forward to doing. As a Product Researcher... Read More →

Thursday February 28, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom