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Tuesday, October 27
 

7:00am EDT

Networking Session with Cooley
Tuesday October 27, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am EDT

8:00am EDT

5 Minute Welcome
Tuesday October 27, 2020 8:00am - 8:05am EDT

8:05am EDT

8:05am EDT

Breakout 2 - Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Product Safety: Mitigating Risk to Keep Consumers Safe
This session will examine the important developments on AI in the EU earlier this year with the recent White Paper on AI, the European Commission's Expert Working Group on New Technologies Report and the subsequent Commission Report on safety and liability implications of AI, the IOT and Robotics. We will discuss the significant impact of some of the issues discussed therein on product design, product manufacture, product safety and consumer protection.This session will also examine the practical challenges arising as a result of AI and emerging technologies on product safety and liability. We will be investigating the gaps within the Product Safety Legislative framework with regard to these emerging digital technologies by exploring the complex characteristics which are not explicitly dealt with and which raise new challenges for product safety. It will be an interactive session with the panel and audience on potential reforms to existing product safety legislation against these new technologies. The session covers or touches on the following areas:
 
Product Safety
The EU Approach to AI Regulation The General Product Safety Directive
The New Legislative Framework for AI
New Technologies
Product Liability
Challenges faced by victims of AI defective products
Identifying gaps in the Product Safety legislative framework



Speakers
avatar for Michaela Herron

Michaela Herron

Partner, Mason Hayes and Curran
Michaela Herron advises clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device (including software medical device), healthcare, digital health, cosmetic and general consumer product sectors on various regulatory compliance matters, including regulatory approval, labelling, traceability, safety... Read More →
avatar for John McNulty

John McNulty

Head of Safety and Compliance Engineering for Hardware, Google
John McNulty leads the Compliance (Safety-Environment-EMC-RF-Carrier) and beyond regulatory Safety teams for Google's consumer hardware division. The products he is responsible for include smart phones, laptops, tablets, wireless chargers, WiFi routers, speakers, thermostats, smoke/CO... Read More →
AS

Asli Solmaz-Kaiser

CEO, iComplai


Tuesday October 27, 2020 8:05am - 8:55am EDT

8:55am EDT

Breakout 3 - Disruption: Action and Reaction at Times of Crisis –lessons learned from Covid-19
Earlier this year, regulators, companies in supply chains, safety professionals (and lawyers) adapted phenomenally quickly to the ground-breaking emergency presented by COVID-19, and they continue to adapt now. This has been done with extraordinary creativity and resilience whilst overcoming significant challenges.
 
Together with leading experts, this session looks to take the learnings from our actions and reactions as product safety professionals to COVID-19, and examine how we can use them to build stronger crisis management plans to better manage potential product safety issues in the future.
 
Join us to explore the issues that manufacturers, distributors, and regulators came across, the measures they took, and the lessons they learned, all with a view to identifying the key elements of a strong crisis management plan for product safety issues.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 8:55am - 9:45am EDT

8:55am EDT

Breakout 4 - Making Rapex/Safetygate User Friendly
The panel will discuss elements that could make the safety notifications on Rapex/Safetygate more useful from the point of view of a consumer, a regulator, a manufacturer, and a retailer/e-commerce.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 8:55am - 9:45am EDT

9:45am EDT

Break
Tuesday October 27, 2020 9:45am - 9:55am EDT

9:55am EDT

Intro
Tuesday October 27, 2020 9:55am - 10:05am EDT

10:05am EDT

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Keynote
Speakers
RS

Robert S. Adler

Acting Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Robert S. Adler is the Acting Chairman at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He began serving as a Commissioner August 18, 2009. He was renominated by President Obama on May 14, 2014 and confirmed by the senate on December 2, 2014. His term runs through October 2021... Read More →


Tuesday October 27, 2020 10:05am - 10:40am EDT

10:40am EDT

Plenary 1 - Multi Stakeholder Collaboration on Sustainability and Safe Products
Product safety and sustainability imperatives have driven successful collaborations between product manufacturers and retailers, governmental entities, and non-profit organizations. These collaborations have ranged from voluntary standard-setting efforts to climate change credits to global single-use plastic and chemicals-in-products reduction initiatives to accelerate clean water programs, to natural resources damages settlements.  This multi-stakeholder session will explore specific examples of multi-stakeholder product safety and sustainability collaborations, highlighting the external and internal imperatives that led to collaboration, the organizational structures and systems facilitating change, and the tangible outcomes resulting from the collaborations.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 10:40am - 11:30am EDT

11:30am EDT

Break
Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:30am - 11:50am EDT

11:50am EDT

Plenary 2 - IOT Policy Development in European and North America Markets
As an enabling technology that allows connected products to bring new and innovative functionalities to products, IoT also carries the potential to make safe products hazardous to consumers, without warning. Stakeholders around the world continue to demonstrate great interest in policy developments related to IoT product safety.  

Among the significant activities that may drive requirements for connected consumer products in the worlds two biggest markets are policy-making activities by European Union authorities related to connected consumer products; work by standards development organizations (such as UL and ASTM), which are especially important in the United States; and NIST guidelines for IoT products supplied to U.S. federal agencies.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Norton

Travis Norton

Technical Director, Global Technical Services, Americas Region, Bureau Veritas
Travis Norton has been with BV for more than 20 years. As the Director of Global Technical Services in the Americas region, he leads and manages a technical consultation team. Previously, he was the Director of Technical Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that... Read More →
MS

Megan Stifel (invited)

Executive Director, Americas Global Cyber Alliance
KM

Katerina Megas (invited)

Program Manager for the Cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT) program, NIST
OC

Orsolya Csorba

Deputy Head, Product Safety and Rapid Alert System Unit DG Just, European Commission


Tuesday October 27, 2020 11:50am - 12:40pm EDT

12:40pm EDT

12:40pm EDT

Breakout 2 (Repeat) - Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Product Safety: Mitigating Risk to Keep Consumers Safe
This session will examine the important developments on AI in the EU earlier this year with the recent White Paper on AI, the European Commission's Expert Working Group on New Technologies Report and the subsequent Commission Report on safety and liability implications of AI, the IOT and Robotics. We will discuss the significant impact of some of the issues discussed therein on product design, product manufacture, product safety and consumer protection.This session will also examine the practical challenges arising as a result of AI and emerging technologies on product safety and liability. We will be investigating the gaps within the Product Safety Legislative framework with regard to these emerging digital technologies by exploring the complex characteristics which are not explicitly dealt with and which raise new challenges for product safety. It will be an interactive session with the panel and audience on potential reforms to existing product safety legislation against these new technologies. The session covers or touches on the following areas:
 
Product Safety
The EU Approach to AI Regulation The General Product Safety Directive
The New Legislative Framework for AI
New Technologies
Product Liability
Challenges faced by victims of AI defective products
Identifying gaps in the Product Safety legislative framework



Speakers
avatar for Michaela Herron

Michaela Herron

Partner, Mason Hayes and Curran
Michaela Herron advises clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device (including software medical device), healthcare, digital health, cosmetic and general consumer product sectors on various regulatory compliance matters, including regulatory approval, labelling, traceability, safety... Read More →
avatar for John McNulty

John McNulty

Head of Safety and Compliance Engineering for Hardware, Google
John McNulty leads the Compliance (Safety-Environment-EMC-RF-Carrier) and beyond regulatory Safety teams for Google's consumer hardware division. The products he is responsible for include smart phones, laptops, tablets, wireless chargers, WiFi routers, speakers, thermostats, smoke/CO... Read More →
AS

Asli Solmaz-Kaiser

CEO, iComplai


Tuesday October 27, 2020 12:40pm - 1:30pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

Break
Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:30pm - 1:40pm EDT

1:40pm EDT

Breakout 3 (Repeat) - Disruption: Action and Reaction at Times of Crisis – lessoned learned from Covid-19.
Earlier this year, regulators, companies in supply chains, safety professionals (and lawyers) adapted phenomenally quickly to the ground-breaking emergency presented by COVID-19, and they continue to adapt now. This has been done with extraordinary creativity and resilience whilst overcoming significant challenges.
 
Together with leading experts, this session looks to take the learnings from our actions and reactions as product safety professionals to COVID-19, and examine how we can use them to build stronger crisis management plans to better manage potential product safety issues in the future.
 
Join us to explore the issues that manufacturers, distributors, and regulators came across, the measures they took, and the lessons they learned, all with a view to identifying the key elements of a strong crisis management plan for product safety issues.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT

1:40pm EDT

Breakout 4 (Repeat) - Making Rapex/Safetygate User Friendly
The panel will discuss elements that could make the safety notifications on Rapex/Safetygate more useful from the point of view of a consumer, a regulator, a manufacturer, and a retailer/e-commerce.

Tuesday October 27, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Review of Day 1
Tuesday October 27, 2020 2:30pm - 2:45pm EDT
 
Wednesday, October 28
 

8:00am EDT

Review of Day 1
Wednesday October 28, 2020 8:00am - 8:05am EDT

8:05am EDT

Breakout 5 - Consumer Safety and Sustainability Within the Internet of Things
As consumers increasingly use connected devices at home and for personal care, risks for their safety may occur from malfunctions caused by software, connectivity, and update failures. 

For example, when a smart home ecosystem is tempered, it is possible that intruders gain control of the equipment and potentially put consumers in danger. This is often caused by connected devices running on outdated or unsupported operating systems. 

This is not limited to smart homes, but also to other consumer devices, including medical devices. For example, research that analyzed 1.2 million IoT devices in the United States, illustrated that 83% of medical imaging devices are running on unsupported operating systems. This leaves hospital organizations vulnerable to attacks that can disrupt care. 

These concerns may render connected devices dangerous and thereby obsolete earlier than initially foreseen. Moreover, a single compromised device could potentially turn a whole smart home ecosystem unsafe for consumers. For example, if a connected oven turns dangerous, it might affect the safe operation of other connected devices used in the same household. 

Replacing compromised equipment is often necessary to ensure consumers' safety. Nevertheless, this causes waste. It also increases the need for critical raw materials used in electronic devices, as consumers replace the equipment. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that connected home equipment would remain safe and would receive necessary safety assessment and safety patches while in use by consumers. 

This panel will explore the necessary regulatory conditions for minimizing the need to replace connected devices prematurely. This may include preparedness for future patching, interoperability, reduction of material use, as well as other instances respecting the precautionary principle in the IoT environment. 

In this context, this panel will ask:
- What are the main safety risks for consumers using connected devices? 
- What is the probability of such risks in a connected household? 
- How can safety and security by design lead to fewer product removal from connected environments? 
- What steps should companies take when a device becomes hazardous or vulnerable to risks? 
- What is the role of recalls in keeping IoT ecosystems safe and minimizing the need for replacing devices within a compromised ecosystem? 
- How can the regulatory framework promote continuous conformity assessment and the possibility to patch vulnerabilities while in use? 
- Can products that were subject to a recall be safely reused or recycled?  safely reused or recycled?

Speakers
avatar for Hanane Taidi

Hanane Taidi

Director General, TIC Council
Hanane Taidi joined IFIA (The International Federation of Inspection Agencies) as Director General in July 2016. IFIA has since then merged with CEOC International, forming a new entity called TIC Council. Hanane Taidi was appointed Director General of TIC Council in June 2019. In... Read More →
KJ

Karel J. Golta

Founder & CEO, INDEED, TOI, simplexion
JK

Jacques Kruse Brandao

Global Head of Advocacy, Digital Trust Services, SGS
AF

Allan Friedman

Cybersecurity Initiatives National Telecommunications & Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce


Wednesday October 28, 2020 8:05am - 8:55am EDT

8:05am EDT

Breakout 6 - Functional Safety in Small Electric Vehicles
During the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase of e-vehicles demand. Small electric vehicles like pedelecs (so-called e-bikes) and e-scooter become more and more popular, especially in cities. Pedelecs replace the car for the daily commute and e-scooter are good for the last mile. But in several cases, the Functional Safety of the control system of those vehicles have not been considered and caused avoidable consumer incidents.

Wednesday October 28, 2020 8:05am - 8:55am EDT

8:55am EDT

8:55am EDT

Breakout 8 - Impact of Covid-19 on Children's Product Safety
From regulators working remotely, slowdowns in testing and research, supply chain problems and simply children being at home more, the potential for injury related to products has increased.  Consider: families trying to work and school remotely 24/7, recall fixes aren't available, toddlers have more access to toys for older children, parents are turning to home pools, trampolines, and other equipment when community sports and activities are stopped.  The session will talk to regulators, manufacturers, pediatricians, and consumers to discuss the impact and frame solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Cowles

Nancy Cowles

Executive Director, Kids in Danger
Nancy Cowles is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger... Read More →
DB

Dr. Benjamin Hoffman

Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention
TG

Tyler Goodier

Unit Head - Mechanical and Physical Hazards, Risk Management Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Directorate,, Health Canada
JP

Jackie Pawluk

Quality Assurance Manager, Manhattan Toy Company


Wednesday October 28, 2020 8:55am - 9:45am EDT

9:45am EDT

Break
Wednesday October 28, 2020 9:45am - 9:55am EDT

9:55am EDT

European Commission Keynote
Wednesday October 28, 2020 9:55am - 10:40am EDT

10:40am EDT

Plenary 3 - Regulatory Trends: How Increased Consumer Rights of Repair/Durability Impact Producers' Safety Decisions
This session will assess how recent and forthcoming regulatory changes on the “Right to Repair”, warranties on durability, and obligations regarding installation and updates in EU law will impact manufacturers as regards product safety obligations. Climate Change and the sustainability agenda are driving significant regulatory changes in this area, which will impact manufacturer's design decisions,  and on aspects of the sale of goods and strategies for the availability of spare parts and repair services.

Wednesday October 28, 2020 10:40am - 11:30am EDT

11:30am EDT

Break
Wednesday October 28, 2020 11:30am - 11:50am EDT

11:50am EDT

Plenary 4 - Managing Product Safety in the Age of Sustainability: Best Practices
How to build Consumer Product Safety into the product in the design stage (Fundamental introduction of Risk Assessment of product, debugging of software, Engineering Pilot and Final Engineering Pilot preparation, Compliance & Reliability test of product and Product Release.

Speakers
RZ

Raymond Zhu

Sr. Director of QA & Product Safety, Five Below Inc.
NA

Norman Aronowitz

Director of North America, STC Lab
JC

Jacqueline Cline

Director of Business Development, UL


Wednesday October 28, 2020 11:50am - 12:40pm EDT

12:40pm EDT

Breakout 5 (Repeat) - Consumer Safety and Sustainability Within the Internet of Things
As consumers increasingly use connected devices at home and for personal care, risks for their safety may occur from malfunctions caused by software, connectivity, and update failures.

For example, when a smart home ecosystem is tempered, it is possible that intruders gain control of the equipment and potentially put consumers in danger. This is often caused by connected devices running on outdated or unsupported operating systems.

This is not limited to smart homes, but also to other consumer devices, including medical devices. For example, research that analyzed 1.2 million IoT devices in the United States, illustrated that 83% of medical imaging devices are running on unsupported operating systems. This leaves hospital organizations vulnerable to attacks that can disrupt care.

These concerns may render connected devices dangerous and thereby obsolete earlier than initially foreseen. Moreover, a single compromised device could potentially turn a whole smart home ecosystem unsafe for consumers. For example, if a connected oven turns dangerous, it might affect the safe operation of other connected devices used in the same household.

Replacing compromised equipment is often necessary to ensure consumers' safety. Nevertheless, this causes waste. It also increases the need for critical raw materials used in electronic devices, as consumers replace the equipment. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that connected home equipment would remain safe and would receive necessary safety assessment and safety patches while in use by consumers.

This panel will explore the necessary regulatory conditions for minimizing the need to replace connected devices prematurely. This may include preparedness for future patching, interoperability, reduction of material use, as well as other instances respecting the precautionary principle in the IoT environment.

In this context, this panel will ask:
- What are the main safety risks for consumers using connected devices?
- What is the probability of such risks in a connected household?
- How can safety and security by design lead to fewer product removal from connected environments?
- What steps should companies take when a device becomes hazardous or vulnerable to risks?
- What is the role of recalls in keeping IoT ecosystems safe and minimizing the need for replacing devices within a compromised ecosystem?
- How can the regulatory framework promote continuous conformity assessment and the possibility to patch vulnerabilities while in use?
- Can products that were subject to a recall be safely reused or recycled?

Speakers
avatar for Hanane Taidi

Hanane Taidi

Director General, TIC Council
Hanane Taidi joined IFIA (The International Federation of Inspection Agencies) as Director General in July 2016. IFIA has since then merged with CEOC International, forming a new entity called TIC Council. Hanane Taidi was appointed Director General of TIC Council in June 2019. In... Read More →
KJ

Karel J. Golta

Founder & CEO, INDEED, TOI, simplexion
JK

Jacques Kruse Brandao

Global Head of Advocacy, Digital Trust Services, SGS
AF

Allan Friedman

Cybersecurity Initiatives National Telecommunications & Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce


Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:40pm - 1:30pm EDT

12:40pm EDT

Breakout 6 (Repeat) - Functional Safety in Small Electric Vehicles
During the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase of e-vehicles demand. Small electric vehicles like pedelecs (so-called e-bikes) and e-scooter become more and more popular, especially in cities. Pedelecs replace the car for the daily commute and e-scooter are good for the last mile. But in several cases, the Functional Safety of the control system of those vehicles have not been considered and caused avoidable consumer incidents.

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:40pm - 1:30pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

Break
Wednesday October 28, 2020 1:30pm - 1:40pm EDT

1:40pm EDT

1:40pm EDT

Breakout 8 (Repeat) - Impact of Covid-19 on Children's Product Safety
From regulators working remotely, slowdowns in testing and research, supply chain problems and simply children being at home more, the potential for injury related to products has increased.  Consider: families trying to work and school remotely 24/7, recall fixes aren't available, toddlers have more access to toys for older children, parents are turning to home pools, trampolines, and other equipment when community sports and activities are stopped.  The session will talk to regulators, manufacturers, pediatricians, and consumers to discuss the impact and frame solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Cowles

Nancy Cowles

Executive Director, Kids in Danger
Nancy Cowles is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger... Read More →
DB

Dr. Benjamin Hoffman

Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention
TG

Tyler Goodier

Unit Head - Mechanical and Physical Hazards, Risk Management Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Directorate,, Health Canada
JP

Jackie Pawluk

Quality Assurance Manager, Manhattan Toy Company


Wednesday October 28, 2020 1:40pm - 2:30pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Closing Remarks
Wednesday October 28, 2020 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
 
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