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Tuesday, February 20 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Tutorial # 9: How to Make Retailers Happy - So Many Programs, So Much Documentation

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In the 25 years since ICPHSO was founded, the world of consumer product manufacturing has changed profoundly. It has been almost ten years since passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, and that has had a major impact on the rules – especially for children’s products. The percentage of consumer products made overseas has increased dramatically.  The requirements for importation are complex, so manufacturers and retailers have to be far more sophisticated to comply with increasingly complex importation and certification rules.  Whether you're a retailer or a manufacturer, it can be difficult to know how to meet all the requirements. 

In addition to CPSIA, CCPSA, EN71, GHS, MSDS and other requirements, many retailers have their own compliance programs with unique platforms.  Some of these platforms are proprietary; some retailers specify certification laboratories and dictate acceptance criteria. 

Is there a practical global protocol out there that satisfies everyone?  What are the experiences of firms trying to bring products into the United States?  If you’re a retailer trying to reach a purchase agreement with a foreign manufacturer, do you seem caught in Catch-22 situations?  Does it matter that the MSDS documents indicate that hazardous raw chemicals were used to make the finished product?  Could CPSC do more to help firms understand what they need?  Are there conflicts between CPSC certification requirements and others, such as GHS?  What is U.S. Customs and Border Protection looking for when products come into the country?  Where should a firm turn for help?  What resources are available?  What have we learned in 25 years?

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Roy Deppa

Partner, Marchica & Deppa
Roy Deppa is a partner in Marchica & Deppa, a product safety consulting firm established in 2005, providing services to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers such as setting up safety management programs and consulting services relating to the policies and practices... Read More →
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Jane McGarry

Compliance Manager, Melissa & Doug
Jane McGarry is a Compliance Manager at Melissa & Doug, LLC, a children’s toy company.  In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that Melissa & Doug products are compliant with retailer compliance programs.  Jane is also part of the team that ensures compliance to global... Read More →

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Hailey Mann

Director, Quality & Engineering, American Plastic Toys (APT)
Hailey Mann is currently the Director of Quality & Engineering at American Plastic Toys (APT). She has been with APT for ten years. Hailey has over 20 years of experience in engineering, quality assurance, and Federal, State and corporate compliance in both the Toy and Automotive... Read More →
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Tim Mattulke

Vice President of Technical Services and Consultancy, Bureau Veritas - Consumer Products Services
Tim Mattulke, since joining BVCPS in 2009, has held various positions; most recently responsible for technical services and consulting activities for BVCPS in the Americas region. These teams provide specialized services to help clients meet the challenges associated with global expansion... Read More →
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David Smith

Senior Compliance Manager, Lego Systems, Inc.
David Smith is the Senior Compliance Manager at LEGO Systems, Inc., the United States affiliate of The LEGO® Group.  In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that LEGO branded products are compliant with legislation and standards in North and South America, and also meet strict... Read More →
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Mary Toro

Director, Regulatory Enforcement Division, Office of Compliance and Field Operations, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Mary Toro has worked in various positions at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for the past 30 years.  She joined the CPSC in December 1983, as a textile technologist in the Directorate for Engineering Sciences.  She transferred to the Office of Compliance to concentrate... Read More →

Tuesday February 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm PST
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