Confirmed speakers on the REACH Conference 2019
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will be represented by Mr. Johan NOUWEN.
The first lecture „EU REACH“ will be focused on recent developments from ECHA perspective highlighting most important aspects of the ECHA efforts as well as cooperation with other partners and certainly also duties of industry to be in compliance with the REACH regulation requirements.
OECD will be represented by Mr. Peter KEARNS with lecture:
„Recent Developments in Tools for Testing and Assessing Nanomaterials“
This presentation will begin by describing the content, as well as the implications, of the OECD Recommendation on the safety testing and assessment of manufactured nanomaterials [C(2013)107], which was adopted by the OECD Council in September 2013. The OECD Council is the governing body of OECD represented at ambassadorial level. This Recommendation is an OECD legal instrument, which guides the work of OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials. The presentation will go on to describe a report, adopted by Council in May 2019, on the implementation of the Recommendation in members countries, the EU, as well as other adherents to this legal instrument. The presentation will focus on how the Recommendation has assisted, and continues to assist, in the adaption of REACH to nanomaterials. This will include an overview of the efforts to adapt existing Test Guidelines, or adopt new Test Guidelines, relevant to nanomaterials.
The Danish Ministry of Environment will be represented by Mr. Finn PEDERSEN.
Ms. Szilvia DEIM will participate representing the National Public Health Center, Hungary:
„ECHA Enforcement Forum: latest project results and other developments“
The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum) is a network of authorities responsible for the enforcement of the REACH, CLP, and PIC, POP and Biocidal Product regulations in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
The Forum coordinates various enforcement projects, one of the main ones being the REACH-EN-FORCE (REF) projects which are designed to harmonise enforcement in each Member State and check the current level of compliance with regard to particular obligations imposed on industry by the REACH, CLP and PIC regulations.
The REF-projects are carried out by inspectors based in the national authorities in the participating Member States. The resulting information is collected by ECHA and the Forum Working Group. A final report on the findings of the REF-project is then produced. Ultimately, the goal of the REF-projects is to improve the quality of enforcement in the Member States but also to improve the compliance of registrants with the REACH, CLP and PIC regulations.
Latest enforcement project results and other developments will be presented during this lecture.
The Czech Ministry of Environment will be represented by Mr. Karel BLÁHA with lecture:
„Decision of the European Court in re C-399/17 – conflict between the chemical and waste legislation“
Difficulties in the application of different definitions, requirements and overlaping between EU waste legislation and REACH and CLP regulations arise different practical problems e.g. classification methodologies and impacts on the recyclability of materials (secondary raw materials).
Recently the four most critical issues were identified in the way the legislation on chemicals, products and waste work together and how these are hampering a circular economy development. Waste often consists of mixed goods produced at different times meeting different product standards. Often, companies handling waste do not have access to information on the composition of the discarded goods they handle because the information either does not exist or if it does, it is not available by the time the good becomes waste. Furthermore, materials
may also be affected by incidental contamination throughout their lifecycle.
The Case C‑399/17 will be explained as a consequesnce of practical situation to handle different positions on the classification as regards the distinction between waste and non-waste – recently dealt with by the Czech Republic.
„Upstream Authorisations – Process and Policy Developments“ will be presented by Mr. Steve GEORGE from ASD (European Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security industries)
The upstream model of REACH Authorisation applications was always intended to the be the primary approach, though there seemed to be ambiguity as to how it would work in complex supply chains. Work started on some precedent cases of upstream authorisations in 2011 and are being decided only now 8 years later. During the intervening period the needs and expectations of many stakeholders have developed and there have been many challenges. It is time to review why various issues occurred and how industry should approach upstream authorisations differently in the future.
The Chemical Distribution Industry in Europe (Fecc) will be represented by Ms. Simina DREVE with a lecture:
“Chemicals Legislation Impacts on the Nanostructured Materials”
Summary of the lecture content:
In recent years, nanoparticles have become significant in many fields such as energy, health care, environment, agriculture, etc. due to their incredible properties. Some new developments of nanomaterials, the transfer of technologies for specific applications, and the need of compliance of the nanostructured products with the legislation at European and global level are summarised.
Abstract: Some materials develop new physico-chemical properties if the particle size is reduced below a certain value, technological advancements determine their tunable physical, chemical and biological properties, as well as enhanced performance over their bulk counterparts. Due to increased growth of production of nanomaterials and their applications, issues relating to toxicity are inevitable. Additionally, the types of toxic reactions associated with nanoparticles and nanostructured materials could trigger newregulations to be implemented in near future. The aim of this presentation is to point out some new developments of nanomaterials, the transfer of technologies for specific applications, and the need of compliance of the nanostructured products with the legislation at European and global level.
Keywords: nanomaterials, nanotoxicity, research and development, transfer of technologies, toxicity, regulations, compliance.
Eurometaux will be represented by Mr. Hugo WAETERSCHOOT with a presentation:
„Promoting the sustainable substitution concept within the metals sector examples and learnings on how to avoid regrettable substitution from the REACH and from a Circular economy perspective“
Concawe will be represented by Mr. Hannu KERÄNEN with a lecture
„PetCo: Sectorial approach for petroleum and coal stream substances“
Mr. Kai-Sebastian MELZER from Nickel Institute:
“Annulment of Authorisations by the General Court: Preliminary Assessment of Impacts”
Cobalt Institute will be represented by Adam McCarthy providing lecture
“Cobalt and cobalt compounds – REACH challenges and way forward”.
Citoxlab will be represented by Mr. David ESDAILE giving 2 lectures:
„Testing Demands after 2018“ and „Japanese Chemicals Legislation Requirements for Import“.
Ms. Ľubica MURÍNOVÁ from the Slovak Medical University will present a lecture
„Public Health Relevance of the REACH Legislation“
The lecture is bringing view on the EU REACH regulation effectivity from public health impact point of view. Different „regulated“ lists will be discussed with available data concerning the exposure levels for the European population.
The REACH regulation focuses on ensuring the safe use of chemicals, as well as the phasing-out of the most harmful chemical substances. As the third and final REACH registration deadline happened in 2018, some of the impact or direction for future will be discussed. The European Human Biomonitoring Initiative widen list of substances to be checked in the EU member states population taking part on this project.
Mr. Sol BOBST from ToxSci Advisors LLC will present
“TSCA Update and US Import Requirements”
Mr. Dave SAUCIER from Responsible Distribution Canada will present
“Canadian Chemicals Legislation Requirements and Canadian Import Rules”
Ms. Waltraud NOVAK from Global 2000 will take a lecture
„SVHCs Communication – Consumers and Companies Right to Know“
The European chemicals regulation REACH defines in its article 33 the communication channels about so called SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern). On one hand, information about SVHCs has to be passed on along the supply chain of articles from producers to suppliers and to retailers. On the other hand, consumers have the right to ask producers, suppliers or retailers whether an article contains SVHCs; the information has to be provided within 45 days. To facilitate this “right to know”, the EU-LIFE funded project “AskREACH” has been set up under the coordination of the German Environment Agency. 20 partner organisations from 13 countries are part of the 5-year-project which started in September 2017 and runs until August 2022.In the frame of the project, a smartphone App called “Scan4Chem” is being developed, which can be used by consumers to scan articles to receive information about their SVHC content. Connected to the App is a database, to which companies can upload SVHC data about their articles. Furthermore, a supply chain tool is provided to companies, to manage their SVHC informations.First experiences with the Scan4Chem App as well as approaches of companies to handling of SVHC information will be presented.
Mr. Martin MURÍN representing Ekotox Centers will present
„Polymers / Plastics / Microplastics – REACH Registration and more…“
REACH REFIT opened question of REACH registration of polymers in future.
REACH applies a tonnage triggered approach to information requirements where higher tonnage leads to more comprehensive testing. It has proven to be proportionate to address substances already on the market. However, evidence suggests that further assessment of the affordability of registration requirements for low tonnage substances and registration of certain polymers could be warranted.
Potential way of applicability for the polymers registration will be discussed.
Other aspects of plastics and microplastics are hot issues and having their development. Recent information and consequences will be highlighted during a presentation.