David Schmeltzer is a Special Consultant for consumer products safety compliance matters. For twenty years, Mr. Schmeltzer served as the Director of Compliance for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) where he supervised the enforcement of all the Commissions regulations, monitored investigations of potentially dangerous defective products, negotiated voluntary corrective actions to address substantial hazards, reviewed the adequacy of voluntary and mandatory consumer recalls and assessed civil penalties for violations of the Commissions laws and regulations.
As a product safety consultant he advises manufacturers, importers and retailers on CPSC issues, laws and regulations, and negotiates and manages safety recalls. For an eight year period, he served as Senior Director, Government Regulatory Compliance for Intertek Testing Services, one of the largest testers of consumer products in the world. In that capacity he made presentations and consulted with the most well known and largest retailers and importers in the United States, as well as moderate and small retailers, vendors and importers of consumer products. He is currently retained as a Senior Advisor to Stericycle, a company that specializes in product recalls and disposal of recalled products and materials.
Mr. Schmeltzer joined the CPSC in 1973 shortly after the U.S. Congress authorized the agency. For four years, he served as an Assistant General Counsel and then Deputy General Counsel, where he was instrumental in most aspects of the CPSCs rule-making activities and interpretations of the new law.
Mr. Schmeltzer has frequently lectured both in the U.S. and abroad on product safety topics and has appeared as a product safety expert on numerous local and national television news shows, including Good Morning America and the Today Show. He is a former vice chairman and a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization and was co-chair of its Recall Effectiveness Committee and its International Committee.
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