Meeting Registration

May 22-23, 2019
St. Petersburg, FL

MAY 22-23, 2019, ST PETERSBURG, FL

PFA May 2019 General Business Meeting and Technical Program

Meeting Registration is now open. Click here for the link to the Vinoy room reservations. For additional hotel suggestions, please contact Kay Wright ( T 865.809.2596

Registration Fees

PFA Member meeting registration is $400 for manufacturing members, federated members and associate/supplier members in good standing. Non-member registration is available for $1,375. All registration fees include spouse at no extra charge. For PFA membership information, please call the PFA office 865-657-9842.

Please note: Fees have been modestly increased but now include Technical Program Proceedings without additional charge.

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May 2019 PFA Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, May 22, 2019


10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CertiPUR-US® Meeting – Open to all


2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Industry Issues Forum – Paid registration required 

The Industry Issues Forum features presenters from key industry associations on pressing topics for the industry.  Hear from PFA Legal Counsel, PFA Technical Committee Chair, and representatives of the International Isocyanates Institute, the Carpet Cushion Council, and the Upholstered Furniture Action Council.

Industry Issues Roundtable Discussion:  
In Product Safety and Chemical Regulation, Washington is Ceding Power to States and Localities

Frustrated by what they view as weak federal regulation of products, chemical content, and emissions, some states and localities have enacted their own restrictions. Others have established labelling and reporting laws to shame manufacturers away from chemicals receiving media and blog attention. California is a leader in this trend, requiring Prop 65 labeling of products containing any of about 900 “listed” chemicals, and limiting air emissions from wood products and power equipment. Another dozen states require reporting to state authorities of about 75 “chemicals of concern” in products intended for consumers under 12 years of age. Coupled with the “green” purchasing policies of retailers, these laws prompt marketplace deselection and effectively dictate how products are manufactured and sold nationwide.

Roundtable Panelists

Bill Guerry is a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Environmental Law group.  His practice focuses on environmental, energy and alternative fuels regulation. For over three decades, Bill has represented corporate clients and national trade associations in the vehicle, engine, and power tools sectors. One priority has been federal preemption of state air regulation of mobile sources. He has advocated before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), federal courts and numerous state environmental agencies.  He studied law at the University of Virginia.

Maureen F. Gorsen is a Partner, Alston & Bird, Sacramento. She was appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to lead the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). She also served as  General Counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA). In these roles, she developed insight into the tools that the state’s elected officials and regulators use to wield power over businesses and consumers.

Tracy Hammond is a Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli PC. He advises clients on the potential impacts of federal legislation and regulatory actions, with an emphasis on both threats and opportunities. He has worked extensively on energy issues, product safety, and chemical regulation. Tracy has served clients in the chemical, biofuels, plastics, building products and carpet industries. He received a masters degree from George Washington University.

Jim McIntyre, PFA, Legal Counsel, will moderate.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Business Meeting – Paid registration required

Keynote Speaker: Maureen F. Gorsen, Partner, Alston & Bird, Sacramento
“If I Don’t Live or Work in California, Why Do They Get to Run My Business?”

Maureen Gorsen was appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to lead the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). She also served as  General Counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA). In these roles, she developed insight into the tools that the state’s elected officials and regulators use to wield power over businesses and consumers. She will discuss how programs like Prop 65, the Green Chemistry Program and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) influence product design and industrial processes nationwide.

Gorsen received her law degree from Georgetown University. At Alston & Bird, she assists businesses with strategies for regulatory compliance with environmental, consumer product and supply chain regulations. With her guidance, clients manage their legal exposure and meet sustainability and product stewardship goals.


2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Technical Program – Paid registration required  

Note:  Recordings of Technical Proceedings now included in registration.

Featured Technical Abstract:
Migration of TDI and MDI From Flexible Foam Using EPA Indoor Exposure Guidance,  Tim Feely, III 

 The International Isocyanates Institute (III) undertook this project to provide a practical objective benchmark test for member companies’ downstream customers to evaluate the potential for migration of TDI and MDI from finished products.  Earlier studies conducted by III investigated potential inhalation and dermal exposure to TDI from flexible polyurethane foam by emission and migration testing; a later project did similar work with MDI.  Following this, the US EPA published guidance for assessing indoor exposure from products that includes procedures for using migration testing to represent potential dermal exposure.  The objective of this III project was to: 1) develop and validate modifications of the earlier III TDI and MDI migration procedures to incorporate the EPA migration testing procedures; 2) conduct migration tests using the modified procedure on representative foams from various foam types provided by industry; and 3) publish the results of the study in a peer-reviewed journal.  Publication of a migration testing technique consistent with that suggested by the US EPA will provide a practical objective benchmark test for flexible polyurethane foam producers to evaluate the potential migration of MDI and/or TDI from their products.

This presentation will describe the development of the migration testing method and report the results of testing of the representative foams using the method.

 Additional abstracts will be added as they become available.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Industry Cocktail Reception – Paid registration required