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Tuesday, November 15 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Connecting the Dots: Safety Criteria for Innovative Products

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One of the over-arching safety topics for industry is how to develop safety criteria for innovative products including wearables, health trackers, virtual reality devices, electronic cigarettes, drones, etc. when relevant industry and regulatory standards do not exist.  
 
Some experts take the approach that we can predict safety concerns for innovative products and develop product criteria to address those safety concerns utilizing injury and property loss incident data for products with similar characteristics in combination with foreseeable use and human factors assessments.  Other experts, however, take an epidemiological approach to developing safety criteria that requires significant consumer exposure and incident history before criteria can be developed.  Significant accessible injury and property loss databases exist for the US but our European colleagues lack an accessible European injury database and are reluctant to rely upon incident data from other markets.
 
The situation sets up an interesting dynamic for a panel discussion.  We will present the business/industry issue, e.g. developing safe innovative products in an increasingly regulated and litigious Europe / World; the different approaches, e.g. epidemiological versus predictive, different available tools, e.g. incident data rich versus data poor, and discuss several innovative product examples to articulate the differing approaches and available tools.
 

Moderators
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Belinda May

Partner, Dentons US LLP
Belinda May practices in Dentons' consumer products, regulatory, and litigation groups.  She is a partner in the firm's St. Louis and Washington, D.C. offices and specializes in regulatory and contested proceedings arising in connection with the design, manufacture and sale of consumer products.  Belinda is also an active member of ICPHSO and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015 and became Vice President in 2016.  She... Read More →

Speakers
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Sydney Lucia

Program Manager for Europe and International Organizations, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Ms. Sydney Lucia joined the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Office of International Programs in 2014 as the Program Manager for Europe and International Organizations. In this role, she works as part of a team responsible for the CPSC’s engagement with foreign governments and manufacturers. Ms. Lucia’s area of focus is Europe and international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development... Read More →
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Richard O'Brien

Director, International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs, U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Richard O’Brien is Director of International Programs and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  He oversees the regulatory agency’s international activities.  He also coordinates efforts with other U.S. government agencies on import product safety issues.  Mr. O'Brien is a retired career U.S. Foreign Service Officer with over 29 years of federal service. Before joining the... Read More →
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Gene Rider

Principal, Exponent, Inc.
Gene Rider spent the past 30 years focused on the design, development, manufacturing and qualification of consumer goods.  He recently joined Exponent, a science based company that solves complex technical problems and provides design and process safety consulting services to the consumer product industry.  Gene has worked closely with the medical and scientific community to develop innovative technologies for assessing the risks... Read More →
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Tania Vandenberghe

Senior Programme Manager for the Safety of Domestic Appliances and for Child Safety, ANEC
Tania Vandenberghe works for ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation. ANEC represents the European consumer interest in the creation of technical standards, especially those developed to support the implementation of European laws and public policies. Tania is the Senior Programme Manager responsible for the Safety of Domestic Appliances (electrical appliances, gas appliances and machinery) and for Child Safety. Tania joined ANEC in... Read More →


Tuesday November 15, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Charlemagne Building - Gasperi

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