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Sunday, September 15,2019

  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Summit Registration · Hopkins · Second Level

  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    CPSIA Basics (Optional session for those new to compliance) · Banneker · Second Level
    · Susan DeRagon, QIMA
    · Anne Stone, PPAI

    This session reviews the top compliance issues for the promotional products industry, with a focus on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Promotional products professionals will be introduced to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), specific regulations concerning promotional products and other mandatory and voluntary standards. The content is appropriate for both suppliers and distributors. This course is required to attain the CAS designation, but attendees do not need to pursue a CAS to attend this session.

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Introduction to Prop 65 (Optional session for those new to compliance) · Banneker · Second Level
    · Susan DeRagon, QIMA
    · Anne Stone, PPAI

    The updated California Prop 65 regulations went into effect in August 2018. Is your house in order? This session will review those regulations and identify practical steps your company must consider in order to comply with the new rules. The content is appropriate for both suppliers and distributors.

  • 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

    Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Avoiding Undue Influence Training (Optional session for those new to compliance) · Banneker · Second Level
    · Maurice Norris, PPAI

    Do you or does a member of your team work directly with a third-party testing lab? Did you know that as a result of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act you must complete training on the topic of undue influence? This session will help you comply with those obligations by ensuring you understand what undue influence is and how to avoid it, as well as provide you with tools and resources that are easily shared with the rest of your team. The content is appropriate for both suppliers and distributors.

  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    New to compliance? What must you know? Panel discussion. (Optional session for those new to compliance) · Banneker · Second Level
    · Moderator: Anne Stone, PPAI
    · Rick Brenner, Logistical Advisors
    · Brian Campbell, 4imprint
    · Susan DeRagon, QIMA

    A panel of seasoned compliance pros will share simple tips and tricks to help you ensure your company keeps up with its product responsibility obligations.

  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Opening Dinner

Monday, September 16,2019

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Product Responsibility 101 (Optional session for those new to compliance) · Banneker · Second Level
    · Susan DeRagon, QIMA
    · Maurice Norris, PPAI

    This session reviews the top compliance issues for the promotional products industry, with a focus on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Promotional products professionals will be introduced to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), specific regulations concerning promotional products and other mandatory and voluntary standards. The content is appropriate for both suppliers and distributors. This course is required to attain the CAS designation, but attendees do not need to pursue a CAS to attend this session. (This is a repeat of the Sunday 1:30-2:30 PM opening session and is recommended for first-time attendees or those new to compliance.)

  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Registration Open · Hopkins · Second Level

  • 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

    Welcome · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

  • 9:15 AM - 10:20 AM

    Session 1: Prop 65 Panel · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

    It’s been a little over 12 months since the new CA Prop 65 regulations went into effect. What can we learn from the notices, settlements and trends? What do you need to do to ensure your internal procedures and practices continue are keeping up with recent litigation trends?

  • 10:20 AM - 11:30 AM

    Session 2: Button cell batteries and other choking hazards · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Dr. Kris Jatana

  • 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

    Lunch · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Remarks by CPSC Acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · CPSC Acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle

    Keynote CPSC update regarding the perspective, realities and priorities of this independent Federal agency.

  • 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

    Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

    Session 3: It’s Not Easy Being The Compliance Officer—How Not To Be The Bad Guy · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

    This panel discussion will take a frank look at the challenges of being a compliance officer. Panelists will share tips on how to build consensus; how to say no without damaging relationships; how to get buy-in from the top; and how to build a culture of product responsibility.

  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

    Session 4:Sourcing beyond China · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Moderator Nathan Cotter, HIT
    · Oliver Knack, Asia Quality Focus
    · Larry Whitney, Polyconcept
    · Cassie Wright, Fair Labor Association

    The recent focus on tariffs has driven many companies to seek new sources for product manufacturing, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. This panel will address the many issues you’ll need to consider including the regulatory climate of the country, logistics, known human rights issues, availability of raw materials and much, much more.

  • 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

    Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

    Session 5 Roundtable Discussions – PRAG members to facilitate table discussions · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · PRAG members to facilitate table discussions

    Roundtable discussions will allow for in-depth conversation among small groups, focused on compliance challenges. Share lessons learned, solicit feedback for current challenges, and exchange ideas, knowledge and resources with industry colleagues.

  • 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

    Wrap Up · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Networking Dinner

    Dine around for small groups at a number of local restaurants (included in registration fee).

Tuesday, September 17,2019

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    Networking Breakfast · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Session 6: Social Responsibility · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Frank Vasquez, Hanes

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Intellectual Property · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Justin Miller, Larson and Larson

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

  • 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

    Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    End buyer panel · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? We all know what the client needs in order to rest assured when they hand out promotional products to their own customers…or do we? We’ll start with some general insight questions, venture a bit more in-depth, and then let participants ask the questions we may not have considered. Get the inside dish as a panel of end buyers shares their perspectives during this moderated discussion.

  • 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Lunch · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Keynote: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking—What Are Your Obligations? · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Michael Littenberg, Ropes, Gray

    Modern slavery and human trafficking remain issues of concern both in the US and the world. Increasingly, countries around the world are passing more regulations to combat this human rights abuse. Michael R. Littenberg, an attorney and partner with Ropes and Gray, will review why this issue is still relevant and who is at risk. Littenberg will review what is required to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as emerging regulations in Australia, Canada and other countries.

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Voluntary standards · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Dana Baiocco, CPSC Commissioner
    · Len Morrisey, ASTM
    · Ibrahim Jilani, UL

    A panel of standards experts will address how voluntary standards affect safety. It will address how standards are formalized; the struggle to harmonize international standards and the considerations that must be made when selecting a new product that may not have established voluntary standards.

  • 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    Break · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    The Problem With Plastics · Edison Ballroom · Second Level

    This plastics pioneer will address not only the global problem with plastics, but will lay out solutions as well. Mike Biddle has patented a series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste to produce quality materials for reuse in the industry. His innovative recycling process diverts plastic waste from landfills and the ocean while negating the need for new oil-based plastics.

  • 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

    Designing for Vulnerable Users—A Focus on Senior Safety · Edison Ballroom · Second Level
    · Robert Adler, CPSC Commissioner

    Special safety considerations must be made when designing for vulnerable audiences. As Boomers age, the senior market will expand and with it so will the particular safety and accessibility issues for this demographic. CPSC Commissioner Adler will address the unique challenges and responsibilities associated with senior safety.

  • 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

    Reception · Edison Ballroom Foyer · Second Level

Wednesday, September 18,2019

  • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    CPSC AM Tour 1

    Optional Tour Of The CPSC Testing Laboratory, Rockville, Maryland Bus transportation provided, included with registration, seating limited.

  • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    CPSC PM Tour 2

    Optional Tour Of The CPSC Testing Laboratory, Rockville, Maryland Bus transportation provided, included with registration, seating limited.

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