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Product Stewardship 2018

Posted by Penman | October 22, 2018

On the 27th to the 29th of September Helen Penman and James Orr attended the Product Stewardship conference 2018 in Washington DC.

Helen and James gave us a review of their time at the conference:

What is Product Stewardship?

Product Stewardship is the safe, compliant, sustainable management of products, from their design through manufacture to the end of life of the product. (Find out more about Penman Consulting’s Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs offering here)

The Product Stewardship Conference

The Product Stewardship Conference brings together Product Stewardship professionals from a wide range of industries and provides educational, networking opportunities and a forum for sharing best practice.

Who was there?

“We spoke to Product Stewards who manage different aspects of the product life-cycle, from manufacturers of raw ingredients for chemicals for paints to Product Stewards who manage the life-cycle of articles with many component parts like office printers or laptops/computers.

The Conference attracts a diverse crowd of Toxicologists (How do you grow a Toxicologist?), Industrial Hygienists, Chemical Engineers, and Regulatory Affairs specialists, all of whom work in Product Stewardship!

Product Stewardship is championed more in America than it is in the UK, so it was good to gain the perspective of the largely American based attendees, from smaller companies aiming to improve their Product Stewardship practice to large industry-leading companies that have been involved in Product Stewardship for years.”

What did you learn?

“We were lucky enough to attend Gail Hart’s all-day training session called  ‘Essentials of Product Stewardship‘ where we were able to learn from his expertise and to discuss the issues affecting other Product Stewards in their day to day business lives.

These are just some of the things we learnt during the training session and the conference:


“Some highlights from our time in Washington DC were:

Anything else?

“We made the most of our time there with a touristy city bus tour. We saw the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument and ate with colleagues in a great restaurant, Georgia Browns – would recommend it!

The conference was a great opportunity for us to gain further understanding of the challenges that our clients face in their own companies, allowing us to further support their needs.”

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