Save the date: Product safety conference comes to town

This is the 10th anniversary year of Electrical Safety First’s annual product safety conference – an event that has led the way in raising the profile of product safety. This year, the theme is Reflecting on the Future and once again it will be held at Church House, Westminster, on Thursday 29th November.

While full details of the event are still being finalised, the conference will cover issues focusing on two specific areas – the impact of Brexit on consumer safety and how connected technology demands connected thinking. Expert speakers will include representatives from BSI, the new Office for Product Safety and Standards and international law firms, Cooley, DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells.

The morning session begins with a keynote speech by Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility. This will be followed by a review of how Brexit might affect the complexity of – for example – compliance, standardisation and online sales. The afternoon session will discuss issues around the benefits and challenges of connected technology, product and risk liability, and the impact of GDPR on consumer engagement.

The conference will also see the winners of Electrical Safety First’s Safety Innovation Award announced. The award was developed to acknowledge an innovative product or project that has – or will – help improve consumer safety.

At the end of the day, delegates are also invited to attend a drinks reception, hosted by the charity, where continuing debate and more informal opportunities for networking will be available.

“The event has grown, year-on-year and attracts a wide range of delegates, from government departments to manufacturers, retailers, importers, lawyers and test houses,” explains Martyn Allen, Technical Director of Electrical Safety First. “It’s this broad-church approach which is part of its appeal – and the fact that we bring to the forefront key and emerging issues impacting on the industry and consumers. So wherever you are in the electrical product chain – or beyond – you’ll want to attend!”

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