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Published on September 19th, 2018 | by The GC Team


ESF releases conference framework

Electrical Safety First’s annual product safety conference will be held at Church House, Westminster on Thursday 29th November, the charity has announced.

While full details of the event are still being finalised, it will cover issues focusing on two specific areas – the impact of Brexit on consumer safety and how connected technology demands connected thinking. 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 will begin 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 matters such as compliance, standardisation and online sales.

The afternoon session will discuss topics concerning the benefits and challenges of connected technology, product and risk liability, and the impact of GDPR on consumer engagement.

The winners of Electrical Safety First’s Safety Innovation Award, which was developed to acknowledge an innovative product or project that has – or will – help improve consumer safety, will be announced at the event.

At the end of the day, delegates are 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,” commented 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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