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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