The European REACH Congress 2017

The European REACH Congress 2017

After the success of previous events, The European REACH Congress, organised by TSGE Forum, will return to the InterContinental Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany on 21-22 November 2017.

REACH Today and the Challenges Ahead

With a fresh theme and programme of discussions and presentations, the Congress will move away from registration-based topics to the future challenges such as voluntary versus regulatory management of hazardous chemicals at manufacturing/formulating sites.

The two day event encourages shared learning amongst industry, service providers, authorities and policy makers; and includes pre-event workshops, panel discussions and keynote presentations.

Congress Programme

A varied programme is already in place, which includes a wide range of sessions focussing on current regulatory and policy topics. The 2017 programme will look to:

inform and support industry in dealing with the demands of the REACH Regulation, and

envisage the requirements of the Regulation and explore how industry is undertaking voluntary measures to manage hazardous chemicals in their supply chains.

Topics include:

• Authorisation and restrictions

• Supply chain challenges

• International compliance and impact of REACH

• Practical advice for upstream and downstream sectors of the industry

Programme Overview

Until now, the majority of authorisation applications have been filed either by single downstream users, to cover their own uses, or by suppliers, to cover a large number of downstream users. Joint downstream users’ application for authorisation provides new opportunities to apply cost effectively without sacrificing the quality. Through several examples, Dr. Ying Zhu (REACHLaw) aims to describe why and how to make a joint downstream users’ application for authorisation. Data representativeness will be the main focus and confidentiality issues will also be discussed.

Delegates will be able to learn about a voluntary programme to substitute hazardous chemicals in a multinational health-care company, F.Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd (Roche).
Dr. Jan Backmann from Roche will report back practical experiences from the daily life with the phase-out program which proves to be both a great chance and a tremendous challenge.

In 2015, Roche committed to phase out substances of very high concern (SVHCs) from all processes and products worldwide – where technically feasible – within ten years of the addition of a specific substance to the REACH candidate list. The challenges exist within the organisation, funding, and in the field of technological development. Most significant benefits can be achieved with courageous disruptive changes of technological processes and product design.

Another example of voluntary industry initiative is to develop alternatives to long-chain Perfluorinated Compounds. Dr. Ronald Bock (Chemours International Operations) will focus on the assessments required to develop alternatives according to all internationally accepted regulatory standards to ensure that they are suitable for all applications and can be safely applied by downstream users.

During the conference, attendees will be able to find out more about an online B2B platform for solutions to replace hazardous chemicals. In her presentation, Dr. Anna Lennquist (ChemSec) will demonstrate how delegates can use the Marketplace to find safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals and what future features will be added to the tool.

Another tool delegates may find useful has been developed by Eurometaux (an association for non-ferrous metals industry in Europe) for registration file improvement and data gap analyis.

The Risk Management Option analysis is used by authorities and industry to define the best risk management option to address a specific concern related to human health (workplace and consumers) and environment. In the past years, Eurometaux created a system supporting this effort but also helping industry to improve its registration dossiers, reflect on the best risk management measures and help to identify the need for additional data. In her presentation, France Capon (European Precious Metals Federation) will present Eurometaux updated guidance for an Industry Risk Management Option analysis, as some examples coming from the industry and the authorities.

Other speakers include Dr. Erwin Annys (Cefic), Dr. Anne Bonhoff (UL Environment), Bruce Callow (TSGE Consulting), Igor Danilov (Dentons Europe LLP), Richard Dubourg (The Economics Interface Ltd), Marianne Hedberg (The Swedish Construction Federation), Irantzu Garmendia (FECC) and Simon Tilling (Burges Salmon LLP).

During the two-day Congress there will be plenty of networking opportunities with two drinks receptions to meet new and old colleagues, so don’t miss out.

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