CSPC’s Neal Cohen To Present At The Expo

PPAI is pleased to announce that Neal Cohen, the Small Business Ombudsman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will be speaking at the The PPAI Expo 2014. The presentation will be an overview of CPSC product safety requirements, including third-party testing requirements for children’s products and the requirements for periodic testing and material change testing. The presentation will also discuss best practices for dealing with the CPSC.

As Small Business Ombudsman, Neal provides guidance on product safety regulations specifically tailored to small businesses. He stays informed on the impact of CPSC regulations on businesses through relationships with manufacturers, retailers, and distributors in a variety of industries. Cohen uses this information to make recommendations to senior leaders at CPSC on ways to solve systemic problems and minimize the effects of regulations without compromising product safety.

Over the past few years, I, along with a number of you, have been fortunate enough to meet with Neal several times. Through this outreach, Neal has been able to learn about the industry and understands the unique compliance challenges we face. His continued connection to our industry makes him a valuable resource for anyone concerned with in product safety.

During the 2013 PPAI Product Safety Summit, Neal spoke to industry professionals about children’s product testing, a crucial subject in the industry. Neal also spoke candidly about the CPSC and its practices, addressing concerns and answering questions.

Neal has worked at CPSC in various capacities since 2009.  Prior to joining the commission, he was a criminal prosecutor in New York City.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his law degree from the Emory University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Neal’s presentation, “Product Safety 201: Everything You Wanted To Know About Product Safety But Were Afraid To Ask,” will be Tuesday, January 14 from 10:40 am to 12:10 pm in Jasmine E, level 3. This education session, part of the product responsibility track, is free to members and nonmembers.

For questions about the session, contact Tim Brown, PPAI Product Responsibility Manager, at TimB@ppai.org.

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