AHFA’s Regulatory Summit, originally scheduled October 7-8, has been revamped to address the health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. The reimagined program covers all of the essential topics planned for the October Summit, but in an extended series of 10 webinars beginning in July and extending through December.
The members only webinars are free of charge. All 10 sessions will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesdays.
Wednesday, September 16
Navigating a Recall From A to Z
Michael Sullivan, Womble Bond Dickinson
This session will cover the basics of responding to the CPSC when a product recall is advised, including the facts on Section 6(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act, which provides unique restrictions on the public disclosure of information. A complete overview of reporting responsibilities, including responding to complaints on SaferProducts.gov, also will be included. Presenter Michael Sullivan is a managing partner in the Atlanta office of Womble Bond Dickinson. He is a mass tort and complex commercial litigation attorney with over 30 years of experience. His practice today includes acting as a trusted advisor to senior level executives on risk management, cost control and litigation management issues. His pragmatic approach to understanding regulations and how they impact all aspects of business have made him a frequent speaker for AHFA programs.
Wednesday, September 23
What's Next on the Furniture Stability Horizon?
Bill Perdue, American Home Furnishings Alliance
2019 saw a flurry of proposals to substantially change ASTM F2057, the voluntary stability standard for clothing storage furniture. A new warning label was adopted, along with a lower minimum height for units covered by the standard. STURDY was introduced – legislation directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission to adopt a mandatory stability standard – and passed the House in September. New York passed Harper’s Law, requiring retailers in the state to sell compliant furniture, and the CPSC set out to find and recall non-compliant CSUs, focusing on products sold online. But COVID seemed to suck the wind out of every sail in 2020. While CPSC has continued its quest for non-compliant products, resulting in a steady parade of recalls, not much else has transpired this year … leaving bedroom furniture producers wondering, “What’s ahead for 2021?” AHFA’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Bill Perdue will try to read the tea leaves and help member companies prepare for the year ahead.
See additional webinars in this series listed in October and November.