ADVISORY: RILA Exec Discuss Product Safety at ICPHSO Annu

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s largest and most sophisticated retailers, will participate in the 2016 International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization (ICPHSO) annual meeting next week. Kathleen McGuigan, RILA’s senior vice president for legal and regulatory affairs will highlight the retail industry’s commitment to product safety and the industry’s collaboration with other public and private stakeholders.  

Retailers are committed to ensuring the safety of the consumer products sold to U.S. consumers. Their unswerving dedication to this goal is evidenced by their continuous efforts to improve the safety of consumer products, quickly remove unsafe products from the market and their collaboration with government regulators including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), industry and consumer advocacy stakeholders to educate consumers about product safety issues.  

RILA’s Kathleen McGuigan will participate in three panels during the meeting to elaborate on retail practices and the importance of a partnership between industry and regulators.   

Panel 1: Monday, February 29, 10:00am  
The 114th Congress: Product Safety Policies, Process and Outcomes 

Panel 2: Wednesday, March 2, 10:20am  
CPSC Panel: Solving Issues and Working toward Effective Recalls with Manufacturers 

Panel 3: Thursday, March 3, 11:00am  
Best Practices for Risk Assessment of new and Emerging Technology and Products 

About the Expert: Kathleen McGuigan, Senior Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs: Kathleen McGuigan handles regulatory and compliance matters and oversees RILA's Legal Direct Reports (Deputy General Counsel) Committee, Compliance Council and Product Safety Committee. McGuigan joined RILA after 11 years as senior counsel for JCPenney, where she was responsible for providing legal advice on international, trade, product safety, regulatory compliance, and contract matters. McGuigan started her legal career in the U.S. Customs Service Office of Chief Counsel and then went on to spend time at the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation, Office of International Law.   

Location: Renaissance Washington, 999 9th St, NW, Washington, DC 20001 

If you are interested in speaking with Ms. McGuigan about her presentation please contact Brian Dodge at (703) 600-2017 or at 

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad. 

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