2021 Virtual Science Symposium

Oct. 26-27, 2021

Registrants will be provided conference login instructions one week prior to the start of the conference. After the conference, all registrants will be provided instructions regarding how to download session recordings. Recordings will be available for 30 days. 

The annual Science Symposium, which will be held virtually for 2021, attracts more than 300 industry leaders and decision-makers. The robust program offers the industry a chance to learn, network, and engage with colleagues and speakers on game-changing insights facing microbiology, quality assurance, safety and the environment.

Open to both PCPC members and non-members, the 2021 Virtual Science Symposium is a great opportunity to learn from the experts and connect with colleagues and friends in the industry.

For more information/questions on program content, contact Stephanie Johnson, (202) 454-0353.
For more information/questions on registration, contact Shirley Gibbs, (202) 454-0345.
For more information/questions on sponsorship, contact Catherine McDonald, (202) 454-0310.

General Session Keynote Speaker, Tuesday, October 26:

Linda M. Katz, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Office of Cosmetics and Colors, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA’s Continuing Priorities for Cosmetics

Dr. Linda M. Katz is the director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics and certifies colors used in foods, cosmetics, drugs, and devices. She will discuss FDA’s continuing priorities for cosmetics. Dr. Katz joined the FDA in 1989 in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) first as a primary medical officer, and later she served as team leader and acting director of the Pilot Drug Evaluation Staff, which reviewed anti-rheumatic drugs, anesthetic agents and drugs of abuse. In 2002, Dr. Katz joined CFSAN as director for the Office of Cosmetics and Colors and additionally served 10 years as the acting chief medical officer. She received her M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

General Session Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, October 27:

Jonathan B. Wiener, J.D. William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy, Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

Learning to Manage the Multi-Risk World

Jonathan B. Wiener is the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins professor of law at Duke Law School; professor of environmental policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment and professor of public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is the co-director of the Duke Center on Risk in Duke’s Science & Society Initiative. He is a past president of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), a faculty affiliate of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA), a member of the advisory committee of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), a member of the board of the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis (SBCA), and a University Fellow of Resources for the Future (RFF). He will discuss that we can—and have already begun to—strengthen risk analysis and policy outcomes by moving from a focus on the single to the multiple—multiple stressors, multiple impacts and multiple decisions.


Member: $650

Non-Member: $950

PCPC Member Group Discount: Receive a $50 discount when registering 5 or more employees from the same company at the same time. The first four must register at the full rate of $650, and the fifth and beyond will receive the group rate of $600. Contact Shirley Gibbs to register.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR NON-MEMBERS! Get year-round access to benefits when you join as a member! Save on more than just conference rates… join PCPC between Aug. 4, 2021 through Oct. 22, 2021, and receive up to two complimentary 2021 Virtual Science Symposium registrations. If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact membership@personalcarecouncil.org.

Government Rate: Government employees are eligible for a discounted conference registration rate of $150. Please send an email to Shirley Gibbs to register. Online registration is not available. A .gov email address is required to qualify for the government rate.

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for cancellations, but substitutions are allowed through Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, by emailing Shirley Gibbs

Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities: The continuing COVID-19 pandemic may have interrupted PCPC’s traditional face-to-face Expo, but we have created a robust platform that gives exhibitors enhanced opportunities to share information and engage with attendees. The Symposium will provide the simplicity of an online event while maximizing the value of your sponsorship dollars. The Sponsorship Prospectus listing all opportunities is available. Contact Catherine McDonald at mcdonaldc@personalcarecouncil.org or call (202) 454-0310 for more information.

Gold Sponsor


The Charles River Microbial Group delivers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of leading micro QC products and services, featuring Endosafe®, Accugenix® and Celsis® solutions.  

Silver Sponsors

Integral Consulting Inc. provides technical insight, strategy, and project delivery to help our clients move forward in an evolving world. We achieve this mission by creating a business culture of client service, technical excellence, innovation, and collaboration.


SQA provides outsourced supplier management programs for quality-critical industries, including fully-managed programs for audits, assessments, engineering, source inspection, corrective action management, and remediation. SQA develops, implements, and executes supplier quality solutions that complement and extend client quality teams to secure and improve the global supply chain.