Trump FDA relaxes FSMA enforcement

On Januay 5, 2018, the FDA announced that it will relax enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act in specified areas. Our colleagues at the Norton Rose Fulbright Health Law Pulse have put together a brief summary and analysis explaining the announcement, which is likely to have impacts on retailers and their food contact substance…

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President Trump Re-Nominates Ann Marie Buerkle For Permanent CPSC Chairman and Dana Baiocco as Commissioner

With Congress back in session, on January 8th President Trump was swift to re-nominate Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the CPSC, along with a nomination for a second term as a Commissioner.  President Trump also re-nominated Dana Baiocco to be a Commissioner. As we previously wrote, Chairman Buerkle was…

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FDA Resets Enforcement Priorities for OTC Homeopathic Drugs

Happy New Year!  And now on to your regular Consumer Product Matters programming… Another Federal agency with a consumer-protection mandate has taken a significant step to reset compliance expectations and enforcement priorities for over-the-counter homeopathic drug products. Although we will not re-cap the recent history of the industry here so we can keep this post…

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CPSC finalizes phthalate rule that may cause headaches for imports

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has finally published its Final Rule on phthalates. CPSC first proposed the rule nearly three years ago, and its publication brings to eight the number of phthalates included in CPSC’s consumer product safety standard for children’s toys and child care articles. The rule is effective April 25, 2018 – but in…

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Explainable AI – What does your voice say about you?

When you are in a conversation, you are naturally discerning a wealth of information about the other person – information about their mood, age, gender, accent – this provides you with additional insight into their meaning beyond the actual words spoken. Artificial Intelligence approaches can be used to give a similar level of insight into…

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The role of personas in the design process

Rosie Wells discusses the role of personas and user journeys in the design process. She looks at how developing and using personas are used to keep the design process focused on benefiting the relevant end user and how by understanding the journey they have with the product we can then identify key pain points to…

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The role of thermal design

Thermal design is an important part of overall product design, it’s not by chance that your car is designed to start in arctic temperatures and also run all day in the heat of a desert. it was engineered to do that. Chris Rosser looks at the how and why of thermal design.

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