This 2-day course provides participants with a clear understanding of how a formal compliance program adds value to their goods and services and how they can keep it continually in compliance.
- Course Outline
A long list of government bodies around the world require formal certification of products. Trade associations, consumers groups and other organizations offer voluntary standards and guidelines for a wide range of goods and services. A properly run compliance program can broaden your product’s market, ensure compliance with regulations and laws, and protect you from future product liability issues.
Objective To provide participants with a clear understanding of how a formal compliance program adds value to their goods and services and how they can keep it continually in compliance
Who Should Attend Product development engineers, designers and managers; new business development managers; risk managers. Companies thinking of expanding or modifying their product line, or attempting to break into new export markets, will especially benefit.
Program Outline Instructor: R.W. (Bill) Walker, Walker Technical Services
Day I Registration and Coffee
Welcome and Introduction
Introduction to Compliance
• What do we mean by compliance?
• Three basic forms of compliance:
- Compliance with government regulations and statutes
- Self compliance with standards and guidelines
- Third party certification
• Why do you need to show compliance?
- Statutes and regulations
- Customer/end user demand
- Insurance requirements
- A way to distinguish your product
• What is a formal compliance program?
Creating a Compliance Checklist (with Example Spreadsheets for Each Step)
• Introduce the overall process, then proceed to step by step details and examples
- Question asked at this stage, answered later: do you want different products for different markets, or can “one size fit all”?
• Define your target markets in terms of compliance requirements
• Find the applicable regulations, standards, and guidelines
- How and where to find this information
- An introduction to major standards and regulatory bodies: ISO, EU,
CSA, OSHA, ASTM, etc.
Application to Your Project
• Extract the relevant requirements from all these documents, and
apply them to your product
- How to create a “topic” or “design feature” list for your product
• Starting a compliance checklist, based on the previous steps
- Assigning detailed requirements to design features
- Sorting and combining the list
- Identifying the “the defining case”: examples
- This will answer the question asked earlier
Managing the Compliance Process
• Sidebar: discoverable documents in a products liability case
- Brief introduction to the discovery process
- How a plaintiff’s lawyer uses your documents against you
- The good and the bad of a compliance checklist: examples
• Introducing the process to you company: education, buy-in
• When to start a checklist for a product
• Sharing and controlling the checklist within your firm: how others in
your company can benefit
• How to use a completed checklist: document retention, sharing
information outside of the company
• Learning from the last checklist for your next checklist: capturing best
practices, the checklist as “corporate memory”
The Standards Development Process
• How standards are written
• The two global development organizations: ISO and the EU
• An introduction to “non-tariff trade barriers”
• How and why to get involved
Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment
There will be a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon.
8:00 Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
- research compliance requirements for your own products
- create a compliance checklist applicable to your products
- manage the ongoing compliance process within your organization
- document compliance and retain essential records
- determine if your product requires the CE Mark
- participate in Standards Development Organizations and achieve for yourself a competitive edge
- Prerequisites & Certificates
1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs
- Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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