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* = speaker to be confirmed

** = Minister Elleman will be making a video presentation


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Tuesday 31 May, 2011


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome coffee and delegate registration

Morning Chair:

Dan Baxter, Senior Vice President & Partner, Fleishman Hillard

09:00 – 10:40

I. Keynote Presentations

09:00 – 09:25

Keynote Presentation - The View from the Commission

Heinz Zourek, Director General, DG ENTR, European Commission

09:25 – 09:50

Keynote Presentation

Geert Dancet, Executive Director, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

09:50 – 10:15

Keynote Presentation

Hubert Mandery, Director General, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)

10:15 – 10:40

Morning coffee break

10:40 – 12:30

II. REACH: Where are we now, and what are the next steps?

Last November saw the first registration deadline for phase-in substances, and the completion of the first phase of REACH. With this initial major deadline now passed, what lessons can be learnt from experiences to date? How have the various aspects of the registration process (including SIEFs) worked in practice, and where do improvements need to be made? How many registration dossiers were submitted, and how do these actual figures compare to the forecasts? Looking more broadly, to what extent has it been successful in meeting its objectives of improving chemical safety and the competitiveness of industry? Has it been a useful tool in enabling industry to improve its reputation and gain the trust of the market and the public, or is further action needed? What challenges lie ahead for both industry and policy makers?

10:40 – 10:55

Experiences of the registration process, and thoughts going forward to 2013

Leo Appelman, Managing Director, ReachCentrum

10:55 – 11:10

Evaluation of REACH to date and the next steps - A retailers view

Katarina Maaskant, Manager, EU Affairs, IKEA

11:10 – 12:30

Panel Discussion

Geert Dancet, Executive Director, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Leo Appelman, Managing Director, ReachCentrum
Katarina Maaskant, Manager, EU Affairs, IKEA
Charlott Jönsson, REACH project manager, Perstorp


12:30 – 13:45

Lunch break

Afternoon Chair:

Axel Singhofen, Adviser on Health and Environment Policy, Greens/EFA, European Parliament

13:45 – 15:25

III. Has REACH gone far enough? - Chemical cocktails and endocrine disruptors

The Commission has announced plans to adapt legislation to take ‘chemical cocktails’ into account, but how should this response be framed and what will the challenges be? Are there additional risks to the health and safety of European employees who are exposed to chemical cocktails, and what should the response be? Has the Community Strategy for Endocrine Disrupters been adhered to and what conclusions has the Commission reached during their research? What is industry doing to protect end users and how should the issue of endocrine disruptors be dealt with going forward?

13:45 – 14:00

Presentation - Chemical Cocktails & Endocrine Disruptors

Patrick Murphy, Policy Officer - REACH, Endocrine Disruptors and Mixture Toxicity, DG ENVI , European Commission

14:00 – 15:25

Panel Discussion

Patrick Murphy, Policy Officer - REACH, Endocrine Disruptors and Mixture Toxicity, DG ENVI , European Commission
Erwin Annys, Director, REACH, CEFIC
Ellen Dhein, Environment and Sustainbility, Bayer
Lisette van Vliet, Toxics Policy Adviser, Health and Environment Alliance
Henrik Søren Larsen, Head of the Chemicals Division, Danish EPA

15:25 – 15:50

Afternoon coffee break

15:50 – 17:20

IV. Substances of 'Very High Concern'

Why is the SIN list so much longer than the ‘Very High Concern’ list? The CARACAL sub-committee is trying to pre-scan chemicals to speed up the process within Member States – will this help identify the most harmful substances quicker? Will this be addressed in the upcoming reviews? How are downstream users using these lists?

15:50 – 16:05


Fulvia Rafaelli, Deputy Head of Unit, Chemicals - REACH, European Commision

16:05 – 17:30

Panel Discussion

Fulvia Rafaelli, Deputy Head of Unit, Chemicals - REACH, European Commision
Kevin Bradley, President, Nickel Institute
Jerker Ligthart, Project Coordinator, ChemSec
Tony Musu, Advisor, European Trade Union Confederation

17:30 – 17:30

End of Day One

Wednesday 1 June, 2011


08:30 – 09:00

Welcome coffee

Morning Chair:
Cándido García Molyneux, Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote Presentation

Karen Ellemann, Minister of the Environment, Denmark **

09:20 – 10:45

V. Innovation vs. Protection - Regulating nanoproducts

With expectations that the European Commission Action Plan on Environment and Health will include the challenge of nanotechnology and nanomaterials as one of its priorities, and following the call by MEPs for increased stricter rules on nanomaterials, how should nanoproducts be regulated? Should mandatory labelling of nanomaterials in consumer products be introduced, and what would the implications of this be?

09:20 – 10:45

Panel Discussion

Carl Schlyter MEP, Member, European Parliament
Martin Kayser, Senior Vice President of Product Safety, BASF
Steffi Friedrichs, Director-General, Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA)
Jürgen Vogelgesang, Policy Officer, Product and Service Safety, DG SANCO, European Commission
Vito Buonsante, Staff Attorney, ClientEarth

10:40 – 11:10

Morning coffee break

11:10 – 12:50

VI. Balancing innovation, regulation and competitiveness

How will REACH impact on innovation and competitiveness within the European chemicals industry? Is there a contradiction between these challenges, and how can this be resolved? What are the direct costs of this regulation, and how will distribution costs in the value chain be changed? Have SME’s been disproportionately affected? How has the European market been affected, and is the burden on industry fair?

11:10 – 11:25


Graham Willmott, Head of Unit, Chemicals - REACH, DG ENTR, European Commission

11:25 – 12:50

Panel Discussion

Graham Willmott, Head of Unit, Chemicals - REACH, DG ENTR, European Commission
Christian Schaible, Senior Policy Officer - Industrial and Chemicals Policies, European Environmental Bureau
René van Sloten, Executive Director - Industrial Policy, CEFIC
Lena Ek MEP, Member, European Parliament


12:50 – 14:00

Lunch break

Afternoon Chair:
Geraint Roberts, Associate Editor, ChemicalWatch

14:00 – 15:15

VII. Classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

With the notification of substances under the new CLP Regulation coming into force, and the classification of substances according to the Dangerous Substance Directive (DSD) rules continuing until 1 June 2015, what will the impact of these major changes be? The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), it is argued, will facilitate global trade, harmonize the communication of hazard information and promote regulatory efficiency. Does the European CLP legislation meet these aims? Is a 2015 deadline on classifying mixtures too late?

14:00 – 14:15

What are the legal obligations set out by CLP?

14:15 – 14:30

How does CLP fit with GHS?

Marie-Noëlle Blaude, Member, United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonised System, WIV-ISP

14:30 – 14:45

Is CLP enough to protect the public and the environment?

Sylvie Maurer, Safety and Environment Senior Policy Officer, BEUC

15:15 – 15:40

Afternoon coffee break

15:40 – 17:30

VIII. The global context - how REACH compares to other chemical policies

Could REACH be a global model for chemical policy? The 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development set out aims to produce and use chemicals in ways that minimize adverse effects on the environment and human health by 2020 - Is REACH contributing to this? How does REACH need to improve the supply chain information in order to be as successful as possible? What are the biggest international challenges in implementing effective instruments and processes for the sound management of chemicals?

15:40 – 15:55

Could REACH be a global model?

David Piper, Deputy Head, Chemicals Branch, United Nations Environment Programme

15:55 – 16:10


Martina Bianchini, Vice President EU Government Affairs and Public Policy, Dow Chemicals

16:10 – 17:30

Panel Discussion - International Methods of Chemical Regulation

Martina Bianchini, Vice President EU Government Affairs and Public Policy, Dow Chemicals
Shunmugam Ganesan, Vice President - Corporate, Excel Crop Care Ltd, Chairman of the International Treaties Expert Committee, Indian Chemical Council *
Steffen Wengert, Head of Chemical Products Division, Swiss Federal Office for Public Health
David Piper, Deputy Head, Chemicals Branch, United Nations Environment Programme

17:30 – 17:30

End of Conference

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