FAIRFIELD, N.J., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Karen Kyllo, Deputy Vice President, Global Softlines, for SGS North America, Inc.'s Consumer Testing Services, will be discussing new textile-related testing requirements at the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)'s Product Safety & Chemical Management Seminar today in New York.
Kyllo was selected to discuss new testing regulations in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that impact the apparel and footwear industry. Her expertise in the textile and apparel regulatory and testing industry spans more than two decades of global technical client services, operations management, and participation in industry standards development.
At SGS Kyllo spearheads the softlines testing business, directing the full service portfolio from performance and safety testing to final inspection, care labeling, and regulatory advisory services. Her industry contributions include chairing the D13.52 Flammability committee for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and active involvement in both U.S. and international test method development through the American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorists (AATCC), ASTM, and ISO.
Kyllo will be joined in today's 1:45 pm session at the Fashion Institute of Technology by Tommy Thompson, Senior Manager, International and Environmental Affairs, Hanesbrands, Inc., who will present a case study related to the restricted substances list; and BJ Shannon, Associate, Alton + Bird, LP, who will discuss the Toxic Substances Control Act.
The conference will also feature a keynote speech by Commissioner Anne Northup of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and a town hall forum with Neal Cohen, the commission's new ombudsman for small business. Other sessions will address customs and border protection and the commission's new public database.
About SGS North America, Inc.
SGS North America, Inc., a division of the SGS Group, is the world's leading verification, testing and certification company. The company's comprehensive testing, product inspection, process assessment and technical services cover the entire supply chain from product development to retailing for electrical products, wireless products, soft line products, hard line products and food products. SGS' global network and expertise provide a single consolidated source that can help manufacturers, suppliers and retailers reduce risk, improve efficiency and product quality, and ensure compliance to both national and international standards. Parent company SGS Group has more than 59,000 employees and over 1,000 offices and laboratories in 140 countries. For more information about Consumer Testing Services, visit www.us.sgs.com/cts.
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