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Suggested Topics and Criteria

Relevant topic areas for Product Stewardship 2018 include:

  • Banned/Restricted Substances
  • Emerging Articles Regulations
  • Emerging Product Stewardship Issues
  • Emerging Regulatory Issues/Global Regulations
  • Extended Producer Responsibility Requirements
  • Hazard Communication
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Product Stewardship Management Systems
  • Product Stewardship Program Management
  • Product Stewardship Risk Assessments
  • Supply Chain/Value Chain Communications & Challenges
  • Talent Management
Specifically, the Product Stewardship Society is seeking conference proposals that address the following key issues:
  • Establishing and integrating a product stewardship program into a company’s organizational structure
  • How to more effectively managing an established product stewardship program
  • Educating and gaining support from management, sales, marketing, etc.
  • Managing a variety of data sources, systems, and information
  • Managing talent, including hiring and developing staff and formalizing individuals’ roles and responsibilities
  • Keeping up with global regulatory changes and requirements
  • Nuances in doing business across a global marketplace, specifically in developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia Pacific
Additionally, the Product Stewardship Society is seeking submissions that represent a variety of product use areas, including, but not limited to chemicals, food/food contact, personal care, medical devices, automotive, aerospace, and others.

Session Review C​riteria​​

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
  • Is the topic and presentation innovative and thought-provoking with the goal of moving product stewardship programs forward?
  • Is the presentation clear, well-organized and well-written?
  • Are learning objectives clearly identified?
  • Does the presentation provide practical real-world ideas, tools, techniques and/or processes?
  • Does the presentation encourage and foster discussion and audience engagement?

Additional Criteria f​or Consideration

  • Presentations cannot be sales pitches. Presentations that appear to be selling, promoting, or advertising services or products are not acceptable.
  • While you may submit or be a co-presenter for multiple session proposals, individual speaker’s participation may be limited to two sessions.
  • Priority may be given to proposals that include a product stewardship professional from industry as the speaker or co-speaker.
  • Priority may be given to presentations that are interactive and promote audience engagement.​