From ambition to action!

Exploiting Vision Design to engage staff and inspire co-creation Many companies have big ambitions regarding innovation, often captured in press statements, shiny websites or key note talks by executives. But who has really managed to change the innovation culture in their organisations? Which companies are properly rejuvenating their R&D approaches? And what are ways to…

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California enacts law requiring cleaning product ingredient disclosures

California has enacted Senate Bill 258, the “Cleaning Products Right to Know Act of 2017.” SB 258 requires cleaning product manufacturers to disclose the ingredients of their products to consumers. The bill is a victory for disclosure advocates after many failed attempts at a California “right-to-know.” The first disclosure requirements take effect for products manufactured on…

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Disruptive innovation, is it for everyone?

‘Innovation’ – for many organisations the term is part of their company DNA, whilst others toy with the concept. Neither stance is right or wrong; some companies do well without constant innovation and others need to innovate just to survive the next quarter. Open or closed innovation? Again, it also doesn’t matter, some organisation will…

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Making consumer products sustainable by designing for disassembly – Part 2

Designing for Efficient Disassembly In my previous blog post on design for disassembly (DfD), I discussed how recycling rates can be increased by designing consumable products from the ground up with DfD principles: Reducing the number of different materials Enabling an efficient disassembly process Making disassembly an intuitive and compelling process In the first blog…

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Breaking: Republican Commissioner Mohorovic Departing the CPSC; Acting Chairman Buerkle Now Sole Republican in 3-1 Democratic Majority at CPSC

This morning at the CPSC’s public hearing Commissioner Joe Mohorovic announced that he would be resigning from his position as a Commissioner, effective Friday, October 20th. Mohorovic announced that he would be joining the law firm Dentons. While Acting Chairman Buerkle remains at the helm of the agency, Mohorovic’s absence will mean an unprecedented Democratic…

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OTC Drug Manufacturers: Keep Your Eyes and Ears on Congress

As we previously blogged about in mid-2016, Food and Drug Administration officials have been exploring and pushing for the creation of a new user fee program to support its regulatory activities related to over-the-counter (OTC, also known as nonprescription) drug products. In June of 2016, the Agency held a public meeting to solicit stakeholder feedback on…

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CPSC Round-Up: Buerkle Confirmation Hearing, Landmark Civil Penalty Ruling, and Partisan Action on Flame Retardants

Over the past few weeks, there have been many key goings-on related to the CPSC and its Commissioners. Chairman Buerkle’s Confirmation Hearing and Committee Vote First, on September 27, 2017, Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle sat for a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. At the beginning of the hearing,…

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