Agenda for the First North America Consumer Product Safety Summit

September 26, 2011


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Headquarters
Bethesda, Maryland

September 26 - 27, 2011

"Consumer Product Safety - Toward a North American Vision"

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Monday, September 26  
  Closed session  
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Briefing for event participants, speakers, panelists (coffee and pastries served)
Public session  
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Public registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
Mr. Richard O'Brien
Director of International Programs, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (U.S. CPSC)
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speeches by Principals
National priorities and common concerns for consumer product safety
  • Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman, U.S. CPSC
  • Hilary Geller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada
  • Bernardo Altamirano Rodríguez, Federal Consumer Attorney, Consumer Protection Federal Agency (Profeco)
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel: Managing Global Supply and Distribution Chains to Protect Consumers
What companies are doing to ensure safety in each step of the chain in the context of Asia and NAFTA trade flows. (15 minutes each, followed by discussion)
  • Gene Rider, President, Intertek Consumer Goods, North America 
  • John Kraus, Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance, The Marketing Store 
Moderator: Jay Howell, Deputy Executive Director, Safety Operations,
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Panel: Emerging Product Safety Issues and the Importance of International Coordination
How international regulatory cooperation can benefit consumers - a civil society perspective (10 minutes each, followed by discussion)
  • Pamela Fuselli, Executive Director, Safe Kids Canada 
  • Dr. Pedro Morales Puente, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) 
  • Donald Mays, Senior Director, Consumers Union
Moderator: Helen Ryan, Acting Director General, Consumer Product Safety Directorate, Health Canada
1:00 p.m. Adjourn Public Session
Closed session
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Working Lunch
Keynote Speech by David Aguilar, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Cross-border Flows of Consumer Products in North America - Trends and Implications

Followed by discussion

Moderator: Carol Cave, Director, Office of Import Surveillance, U. S. CPSC
Government only session
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tour of the CPSC National Product Testing and Evaluation Center
7:00 p.m. Dinner
Tuesday, September 27  
  Government only session
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Trilateral staff working breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Principals plus one meeting
Review of agenda, joint statement, summit outcomes
Public session
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Welcome by Chairman Tenenbaum

Richard O'Brien, U.S. CPSC
Overview of existing cooperative activities
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Keynote speech by Michael Fitzpatrick,
Associate Administrator, White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)

Importance of regulatory coordination for safety, prosperity, and competitiveness in North America
10:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Panel: Managing Consumer Product Safety Requirements in Multiple Jurisdictions
Perspectives from Practitioners (10 minutes each, followed by discussion)
  • Nancy MacPherson, Director Government Affairs, LEGO Systems, Inc.
  • Beth Schommer, Vice President Product Safety Compliance, Walmart 
  • Jim Moore, President, StorkCraft
Moderator: José Luis Paz Vega, Director of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Panel: Private Sector Efforts on Standards Alignment
Industry, harmonize thyself (10 minutes each followed by discussion)
  • Carter Keithley, President, Toy Industry Association (USA) 
  • James Thomas, President, ASTM International 
  • Darryl Kingston, Program Manager, Global Governance, Standards Council of Canada (ISO Panelist) 
Moderator: Mr. Sean Heather, Executive Director, Global Regulatory Cooperation Project, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1:15 p.m. Adjourn public session
Closed session
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Working luncheon
Keynote speech by Dr. Robert A. Pastor, Professor and Director of the Center for North American Studies, American University, author of The North American Idea (Oxford University Press, 2011) 
The re-emergence of North America

Followed by discussion

Moderator: Dr. Rubén Durán Miranda, Deputy Attorney for Enforcement, Profeco
Public session
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing ceremony
Statements by Delegations (10 minutes each)

Moderator: Scott Wolfson, Director of Communications, U.S. CPSC
  • Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman, U.S. CPSC
  • Hilary Geller, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada
  • Bernardo Altamirano Rodríguez, Federal Consumer Attorney, Profeco
U.S. CPSC - Profeco MOU signing ceremony

Press conference

Moderator: Scott Wolfson

Chairman Tenenbaum, Assistant Deputy Minister Geller, and Federal Consumer Attorney Altamirano will be available to answer questions from the press about trilateral consumer product safety cooperation
4:00 p.m. Adjourn