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Sphera Returns as Platinum Sponsor at 2019 Product Stewardship Society Conference

July 1st, 2019
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While the concept of “stewardship” dates back to biblical times, the idea of “Product Stewardship”—ensuring that products are designed to minimize or eliminate negative health, safety and environmental outcomes throughout the entire life cycle—is a relatively recent development. It’s almost like the medical equivalent of Primum non nocere (“First, do no harm”) but for consumer and industrial goods.

Even more recent is the annual Product Stewardship Society conference, which is now entering its sixth year. It’s designed to bring product stewards together from many different industry sectors to discuss chemical management issues and share best practices. And with the recently announced SiteHawk acquisition and its best-in breed chemical management platform Communicator, Sphera’s depth reaches farther than ever

For the second straight year, Sphera will be the Platinum Sponsor at the event.

In 2018, Francis Trudeau, Sphera’s solution manager for Product Stewardship, led a roundtable discussion titled “Elevating Your Product Stewardship Program With Integrated Risk Management.” The panelists were Chuck McCormick, consultancy ERM’s global partner for information systems; Jennifer Howell, director of regulatory innovations, FONA International; and Fred Gouzoules, Ph.D., a consultant with Whole-in-One LLC. You can read an edited transcript of the discussion exclusively in Spark magazine (p. 64).

Sphera’s Carrie Decatur, who is the company’s senior regulatory analyst, also was on hand to regale attendees with a tale about how she was able to talk at her daughter’s career fair about the joys of being a product steward. This led into a larger discussion about what makes a product steward a product steward—in other words, “How We Got Where We Are.”

The next Product Stewardship Society conference is scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2019, at the Hilton Columbus (Ohio). And Decatur is one of this year’s speakers. Mathematician Clive Humby once said, “Data is the new oil”—and that’s especially true today. At the conference, Decatur will be discussing today’s data requirements, including the much ballyhooed Poison Centres Notification (PCN) rules, and what it all means for product stewards. And if you missed last year’s event, go ahead and ask her about what being a good product steward means; let’s just say her answer promises to be nothing short of, well, you know, textbook.

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