The Vision Council Delivers Sold-Out Standards and Compliance Seminars in Hong Kong

The Vision Council Delivers Sold-Out Standards and Compliance Seminars in Hong Kong

Alexandria, VA (July 20, 2011) - The Vision Council, in partnership with the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association and the Xiamen Optical Association, hosted two high-profile seminars in Hong Kong and Xiamen during the month of June regarding pertinent U.S. standards and regulations for optical manufacturers. The seminars were held in response to requests from member companies to aid component and device suppliers in Asia with the goal of educating manufactures about the changes occurring in U.S. standards and government compliance.

The seminars, led by The Vision Council's technical team and member services, were well-received with more than 270 individuals in attendance, representing three distinct trade organizations and approximately 200 ophthalmic product companies, as well as the Hong Kong and Asian optical trade press.

Both seminars touched on a variety of issues including U.S. customs and regulations, Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), California State Proposition 65, U.S. optical market overview and outlook, U.S. national standards, and an overview of The Vision Council's programs and resources.

China plays an important role in optical product manufacturing, said Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council. As a trade association, we want to ensure that all of our members' vendors are informed about the critical changes affecting U.S. standards and government compliance in today's optical marketplace. He added, This was the first time that The Vision Council had conducted a series of educational seminars on this scale and we were proud to have the support of two well-known associations - the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association and the Xiamen Optical Association.

In addition to the seminars, The Vision Council completed an eight-day tour of Hong Kong, Xiamen and mainland China-based manufacturers to see many of the factories firsthand and to gain a better understanding of how they are run. Follow-up meetings were also conducted upon request to address additional questions about the content delivered during the seminars.

For more information about the seminars, please visit www.thevisioncouncil.org or contact Greg Chavez, The Vision Council vice president of member services, at gchavez@thevisioncouncil.org with any questions.

About The Vision Council

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry through education, advocacy and consumer outreach. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses.