Rick Brenner is president of Product Safety Advisors, a consulting firm advising clients in all facets of consumer product safety including best practices for product development, sourcing and factory vetting, consumer product safety risk assessment, FMEA, use and abuse testing, voluntary and mandatory standards, product warning labels, regulatory review and test protocols, supply chain oversight, corrective actions, supplier score card, recall readiness, post-sale monitoring, crisis management, pre and post recall advising and recall management.
Mr. Brenner draws on his many years in senior management at a major consumer products manufacturer and understands well the real-world budget and time crunch realities that present challenges for product development and compliance departments. Prior to founding Product Safety Advisors, Brenner was CEO and Chief Compliance Officer of Prime Resources, a $100 million consumer products importer in Bridgeport, CT.
Brenner is considered a foremost expert on best practices for safe sourcing and testing of imported products with a focus on Lithium-Ion Battery (LiB) powered products. He has served as a resource to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on these matters and was a featured speaker for the Commission at the Fourth North American Consumer Product Safety Summit held at CPSC headquarters in May, 2018.
In 2008, Mr. Brenner co-founded the non-profit product safety certification organization QCA – Quality Certification Alliance (qcalliance.org). He served as chair of QCA’s Compliance Committee for seven years and as a member of its Governance Committee. QCA certification focuses on comprehensive supply chain practices for consumer product quality, product safety, regulatory compliance, in addition to social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and supply chain security.
Key to QCA certification is Recall Readinessand Recall Management. Brenner has extensive experience designing and approving recall readiness programs, conducting mock recalls and developing supporting systems for batch and lot testing tracking to minimize recall exposure. He has written and spoken extensively on this topic for industry and safety events and publications, including his brenneronsafety.com blog.
In other International product safety roles, Mr. Brenner is immediate past president and current executive board member of ICPHSO – the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO.org) – and has served on its Board of Directors for the past six years. He most recently moderated a panel of experts on product safety issues for Internet of Things(IoT) devices at ICPHSO’S 2017 International Workshop in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2015, after 3 years on its board, Brenner was elected chair of the 15,000-member Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and has been recognized for his pioneering role in establishing product safety awareness as a primary objective and major accomplishment for this $23 billion industry. He was a founder of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and has served as co-chair of PPAI’s widely-attended annual Product Safety Summit since its inception in 2011.
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