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Wednesday, February 21 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Breakout Session # 2: The Nuts & Bolts of Product Safety in 2018--Or, How to Avoid Building Frankenstein's Monster!

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In 2018, consumer products are more innovative than ever, with new features and new functionality, being introduced every day.  In many cases, these products represent novel combinations of features that haven't been seen in the marketplace.  As more functionality and features are sewn-in or bolted-on to products, we may be creating a greater potential for problems in terms of consumer health and safety or the environment.  The ever increasing pressure to shorten the product development time line also adds to the difficulty in fully evaluating product risks.

The panel will share best practices and insight on how to capitalize on this innovation, while managing product safety, testing and regulatory implications and protecting consumers, as well as your company and brand’s reputation. 

The session will emphasize practical take home points and the use of specific case examples to illustrate concepts that could otherwise be abstract. We will reserve at least 20 minutes for interactive discussions with the audience.



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Lisa Trofe, CAE

Director, Product Safety & Certification, Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
Lisa Trofe is the Director of Product Safety & Certification for the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA).  In this role, she oversees the trade association’s product safety programming, including the Certification 2.0 program, which certifies 2,000+ juvenile products... Read More →

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Patty Adair

Director, Risk Management Group, U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Patty Adair is the Director of the Risk Management Group at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  In this role, she is responsible for the agency’s risk management program, which includes five program areas – chemical, fire and combustion, children’s, electrical... Read More →
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Tom Lewandowski, Ph.D., DABT, ERT, ATS

Principal/Toxicologist, Gradient
Dr. Thomas Lewandowski is a toxicologist and chemist working in Gradient’s Seattle, Washington office. He has over 25 years of experience in the areas of product safety evaluation, pharmacokinetics, metals toxicology, and developmental toxicology. He is currently leading Gradient’s... Read More →
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Stacey Bowers, MILS

Manager, Global Market Access, Compliance and Risks, Ltd.
  Stacey Bowers, MILS, is the Manager of Compliance & Risks' Global Market Access team. Stacey is a self-described "law nerd" with 15 years' experience monitoring, selecting and summarizing international consumer products regulations and standards, including the Consumer Product... Read More →
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Pelagio Payumo

Product Safety & Compliance Manager, Oculus, VR, LLC
Pelagio Payumo is the Product Safety and Compliance Manager at Oculus VR, LLC.  His over 18 years of experience in Product and System Safety span both the Military Vehicle Systems (the Bradley Fighting Vehicles of the U.S. Army) as well as the Information Technology products from... Read More →

Wednesday February 21, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST
Grand Cypress D/E/F/G/H/I Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress