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ANSI to Sponsor International Consumer Product Health and Safety Conference


New York, Apr 13, 2006

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced its intention to sponsor the 13th annual meeting and training symposium of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) to be held May 9-12, 2006, in Bethesda, Maryland. The ICPHSO event draws health and safety professionals from around the world for an exchange of information and experience on product safety issues. Participants include manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, government regulators, trade associations, legal professionals, consumer advocates, and members of the academic community.

In addition to the Gold sponsorship being provided by ANSI, the Trustees of ANSI’s Consumer Participation Foundation have authorized a Scholarship sponsorship to help enable representatives of consumer organizations to attend the conference. The Foundation was established by the ANSI Board of Directors for the purpose of facilitating consumer interest participation in standards-related activities.

“ANSI shares ICPHSO’s commitment to protect consumers by enhancing the safety of products manufactured and sold in the global marketplace,” commented James McCabe, ANSI director of consumer relations and public policy. “Through our participation and sponsorship, we hope to advance understanding of the role of standards in protecting consumer health and safety, and to foster consumer participation in standards development.”

McCabe will moderate a workshop on issues to be considered when developing a consumer product safety standard. The Interactive Exercise in “Writing” a Consumer Product Safety Standard will challenge participants to identify the potential hazards associated with a consumer product and to work out in small groups how those hazards can be addressed in a safety standard. The session will begin with a case study presentation from Kitty Pilarz, director of worldwide product safety for Mattel, Inc., and chairman of ASTM Committee F15 on consumer products. Consumer representatives with no prior experience in standards-setting are encouraged to attend.

Corporate perspectives for improving product safety and performance with standards will be the subject of another workshop. Standards will also figure in a discussion of international issues, imports, and China as part of a day of meetings with staff and commissioners of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is located in Bethesda. Other sessions will address customs regulations, injury databases, human factors, recall effectiveness, etc.

The meeting agenda and registration information may be accessed on ICPHSO’s website.

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