Consumer Product Safety Consultant
David Schmeltzer is a product safety consultant who specializes in matters involving the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He held the key position of Director of Compliance for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for twenty years. His office is conveniently located several short blocks from the Commission’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland and the Bethesda red line metro station.
When he was the Director of Compliance at the CPSC he supervised the enforcement of all the Commission’s 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 Commission’s 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. In 1973, Mr. Schmeltzer joined the CPSC 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 CPSC’s rule making activities and interpretations of the new law.
In addition to his CPSC practice, he is retained by Stericycle ExpertRECALL for matters involving consumer product safety. In conjunction with Stericycle ExpertRECALL, David has developed a Reference Guide on the CPSC’s regulations, interpretations and frequently asked questions. He is also Of Counsel to the New York City law firm Phillips Nizer for consumer product safety issues.
He is a founding member and was Vice Chairman of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) and Chairman of the International Committee. He is presently serving a 3 years term on ICPHSO’s Board of Directors. ICPHSO is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, and membership-based organization dedicated to providing forums for the exchange of ideas and information on health and safety issues related to consumer products that are manufactured and marketed in the global marketplace. Presently the organization has over 700 members, including retailers, manufacturers, importers, lawyers and government officials involved with worldwide consumer product safety.
A native of New York City, Mr. Schmeltzer earned a B.A. degree at Long Island University and a J.D. at Brooklyn Law College. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bar.