ICPHSO Annual Meeting Brings Together Global Regulators, Retailers, Manufacturers and More

7 March 2012

The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) held its 19th Annual Meeting and Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida from February 28 to March 2, 2012.

The meeting drew regulators, retailers, manufacturers, consumers, standards and testing organizations, and industry organizations, such as the North American Toy Industry Association (TIA), from around the world who gathered to learn about updates in the field of consumer product safety and exchange information.

On Consumer Product Safety Commission Day (March 1), CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum delivered a keynote address to more than 600 consumer product safety professionals, during which she commended ASTM International and the North American toy industry for completion of the ASTM F963-11 toy safety standard in December 2011. CPSC Commissioners unanimously approved the revision of ASTM F963-11 at a meeting last month, which will make the revised edition a mandatory consumer product safety rule in June 2012 under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

Tenenbaum also thanked TIA and its members and the Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Trade Association for supporting ASTM voluntary standards for cadmium and other toxic metals in surface coatings and substrates of children’s jewelry and toys.

The four-day event included Manufacturers Day (Feb. 28), Workshop Day (Feb. 29) and Closing General Session (March 2), covering a wide range of topics spanning global product safety strategies and education; risk management; global regulatory outlooks; and recalls.

Created in 1993, ICPHSO is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing forums for the exchange of ideas and information on health and safety issues related to consumer products manufacturers and marketed in the global marketplace.

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