Product Safety Information Forums – Australia

With global competition and new emerging markets placing increased pressure on brand and reputation, businesses are seeking to continuously learn from each other to achieve the highest levels of safety in product development and distribution.

In 2014, Intertek Consumer Goods Australia hosted its inaugural Product Safety Information Forum. Held in both Melbourne and Sydney, the forums are designed to facilitate the opportunity for manufacturers, importers and retailers to discuss leading assurance practices, as well hear first-hand from the regulators as to their obligations under Australian Consumer Law.

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2014 Speakers

Intertek’s Product Safety Information Forum featured presentations from both Intertek and retail industry experts.


Pratik Ichhaporia, Ph.D.
Director of Technical Services
Toys, Hardlines and Softlines

Pratik Ichhaporia is a frequent speaker and author on the quality, safety and environmental issues affecting the textiles, toys, and hardlines industries.

In his capacity as Director of Technical Services, Dr. Ichhaporia provides counsel to Intertek customers about compliance and changes to regulations related to consumer product safety, chemical management and harmful substances.

Dr. Ichhaporia holds a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Fiber and Polymer Science from Clemson University. He is an active member of ASTM Committee D13 on Textiles and F15 on Consumer Products and the Apparel and Footwear Association’s RSL Working Group, a subset of the association’s Environmental Task Force.


Daran Ponton
Quality Assurance Manager
Kmart Australia

Daran has been with Kmart for almost 2 years and during this time he has been involved in a diverse range of company, industry and regulator developments.

Daran is a representative member of the National Retailers Association Technical Standards Committee, which consists of quality professionals from most of the major Australian retailers.

Most recently, Daran was an active participant in the newly released Australian Standard for Children’s nightwear. This three-year body of work has resulted in the development of new Product Safety Guidelines for Children’s Apparel and Accessories.

Previous to his new role at Kmart, Daran was the Quality Manager at Myer for 18 years.


Robert Wise
Business Manager for Product Integrity and Compliance
Catch Group

Robert is a highly skilled quality and compliance specialist with more than 25 years of experience. In his role with Catch Group, Robert brings a wealth of industry experience spanning retail, government, wholesale supply, design and manufacturing.

Recognised for his ability to develop and manage industry leading product compliance and risk management frameworks, Robert played a key role in the creation of the Product Safety Framework Handbook HB 295, published by Standards Australia.

During his career, he has served as an Executive Director with the Infant Nursery Product Association of Australia (INPAA) and also represented various industry associations including the Australian Retailers Association, Australian Industry Group and more recently Kidsafe.

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Simon Bell
Assistant Director | Chemicals & Compliance | Product Safety
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Employed in the Chemical Based Products section of the Product Safety Branch at the ACCC, Simon is responsible for overseeing a range of regulatory matters including those affecting chemicals and consumer goods.

Simon has held a number of roles at the ACCC where he has developed his expertise and interests in the nexus between regulation, market efficiency and safety.

Prior to joining the ACCC, Simon worked in a technical capacity for Airservices Australia and Sydney Water Corporation.


Tim Wain
Chief of Staff
Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo

Tim is currently the Chief of Staff for the Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo where he is involved in strategic development, nursery industry consultation and consumer product safety advocacy.

Tim is also a member of the Standards Australia Committee who is involved in children’s furniture, prams and baby dummies. He maintains an active leadership role within the Australian nursery industry and is a passionate advocate for reducing injuries associated with the use of nursery products.

Tim is a co-author of the Product Safety Framework which was published as a handbook by Standards Australia in 2007 as well as the Standards Australia handbook that provides a detailed methodology for the safe use of bunk beds in short term accommodation facilities. 


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