This week, product safety experts from around the globe will gather for a weeklong symposium in Washington DC. The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) is unique in that it brings together experts from consumer organizations (Rachel Weintraub of Consumer Federation of America is the group’s outgoing President), industry, testing labs, regulatory bodies and others interested in product safety.
The meeting starts Monday with International Day, looking at recall effectiveness and information sharing internationally. Tuesday’s workshops include those on social responsibility and business ethics, environmental and chemical issues, new research and more. Wednesday is “CPSC” day — invaluable for those interested in CPSC’s current activities or implementation of CPSIA — and the conference ends Thursday with a Consumer Product Safety Law Seminar and CPSC compliance workshop for beginners.