Product Stewardship 2017 Conference

2 - 4 November 2017

ERM actively participated at the 2017 Product Stewardship Conference November 2 - 4 in Tampa, Florida, sponsoring the conference as well as presenting.

In an ever-changing world of new scientific developments, government policies and regulations, and public accountability, product stewardship professionals are faced with unique challenges and responsibilities. Not only must you be well informed on global safety, environmental and regulatory issues, you also must have a comprehensive understanding of numerous technical subjects and a variety of project management, communications, and other effective professional skills – a tremendous responsibility.

The Product Stewardship Conference helps professionals address those challenges by bringing together prominent professionals to present and discuss global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments.

Learn more about the Product Stewardship 2017 Conference

ERM and Product Stewardship

Purchasers, consumers, regulators, and investors are increasingly focused on how and where products are sourced, developed, manufactured, distributed, used, and disposed, along with a product’s overall impacts at each life cycle stage. This focus on product stewardship has intensified due to demand from consumers for greater supply chain transparency and safer, ‘greener’ products. It is also driven by a growing array of environmental, health, safety and, sustainability (EHSS) regulations (existing and pending product regulations increased from 2,000 to 12,000 globally between 2003 and 2016). A properly executed product stewardship program supports product compliance, mitigates risk, and builds competitive advantage by creating market opportunity throughout the product life cycle.

ERM’s approach to product stewardship not only seeks ways to avoid product impoundment or recall, which can disrupt supply chains, increase costs and damage brand and reputation. It also aims to identify and mitigate these risks while looking beyond them to assess key product and brand differentiators that have the potential to drive innovation, and contribute to the bottom line.

Learn more about ERM's Product Stewardship services

ERM at the Conference

ERM was is a proud Gold Sponsor of Product Stewardship 2017 and had the opportunity to present on a number of topics at the conference. Specific presentation topics and details are below.

Thursday, November 2, 9:30-11am
A Career in Product Stewardship – Education, Experience, Credentialing
Kerrie Canavan, Panelist

Thursday, November 2, 3:00-4:00pm
Nanotechnology Registration in APAC: Navigating Unknowns to Gain Market Access
Kerrie Canavan, Project Scientist

Thursday, November 2, 5:10-5:25pm
Partner Showcase - Optimizing Product Stewardship Programs to Enhance Business Value
Sarah Medearis, Partner

Friday, November 3, 1:30-2:30pm
What Your Colleagues Won’t Tell You about Product Stewardship Due Diligence
Wayne Bergin, Principal Consultant

Using Life Cycle Thinking to Improve Human Rights Performance
Sarah Medearis, Partner

ERM’s Kate Sellers moved into her new role as President of the Product Stewardship Society in November.

ERM's Speakers

Kerrie Canavan is a Project Scientist within ERM based in our Manhattan office. She has over three years of experience in the field of product stewardship, chemical regulation, and human health sciences.

Kerrie has collaborated with pharmaceutical, solvent and dye, and polymer manufacturing companies to register products manufactured or imported into the European Union through REACH. She also has edited Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) to meet the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements and helped create regulatory strategies internally and with clients to ensure timely and economical chemical registration and reporting.

Wayne Bergin is a Principal Consultant in ERM’s New York City office. Wayne is a board-certified Professional Environmental Auditor and has more than 15 years’ experience in product stewardship and environmental compliance industry.

His experience includes product and chemical compliance regulated topics including UN GHS and equivalent implementing regulations globally, US TSCA & FIFRA, EU REACH, CLP, Biocides, WEEE, Batteries & RoHS and their international equivalents. His experience also includes transactional due diligence on both environmental and product stewardship topics, post-merger integration, compliance audit, EHS and product stewardship management systems, hazardous material transportation, and environmental & social impact assessment (ESIA). 

Sarah Medearis is a Partner of ERM based in Washington DC. She has 30 years of experience providing a wide range of environmental risk and sustainability consulting services.

Sarah has completed siting, environmental assessments, planning, permitting, compliance and remediation projects throughout the US and globally. She is well versed in most US federal, state and many global environmental, health and safety (EHS) regulations, as well as local government requirements for permitting land development projects. She has also provided strategic regulatory risk management solutions and tools for healthcare and electronic products.


Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, FL

ERM at the Conference

ERM was a proud Gold Sponsor of Product Stewardship 2017 with three presenters speaking at four sessions:

Kerrie Canavan
Session: “A Career in Product Stewardship – Education, Experience, Credentialing” 
Thursday, November 2, 9:30-11am

Wayne Bergin
Session: “What Your Colleagues Won’t Tell You about Product Stewardship Due Diligence”
Friday, November 3, 1:30-2:30pm 

Sarah Medearis
Session: “Nanotechnology Registration in APAC: Navigating Unknowns to Gain Market Access”
Thursday, November 2, 3:00-4:00pm

Session: “Partner Showcase –Optimizing Product Stewardship Programs to Enhance Business Value” 
Thursday, November 2, 5:10-5:25pm

ERM’s Product Stewardship Technical Director, Kate Sellers is the President-Elect of the Product Stewardship Society and will move into her new role as President in November.