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

ICPHSOMarch 3, 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.

Toy Industry Association (TIA) staff was present at the meeting, which drew regulators, retailers, manufacturers, consumers, standards and testing organizations, and more 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, the toy industry, TIA and TIA vice president of standards and government affairs Joan Lawrence, who chairs the ASTM Subcommittee F15.22 on Toy Safety, for completion of the ASTM F963-11 toy safety standard in December 2011. CPSC Commissioners unanimously approved the ASTM F963-2011 revision 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).

“Joan Lawrence did a very good job of leading [Subcommittee F15.22 on Toy Safety] and incorporating the viewpoints of a variety of stakeholders,” stated Chairman Tenenbaum.

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. TIA also hosted a booth at the Symposium communicating the importance of safe and fun play.

“TIA shares ICPHSO’s commitment to protect consumers by enhancing the safety of products manufactured and sold in the global marketplace,” said Lawrence, who is a member of ICPSHO’s Board of Directors. “We were pleased to participate in this year’s conference, where we promoted the toy industry’s role in ensuring toy safety.”

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. TIA was a founding member of the organization; along with Lawrence, TIA SVP of technical affairs Al Kaufman sits on the Board of Directors.