REACH - Events
- REACHing out to SMEs: REACH Registration workshop for SMEs and larger companies, 10-11 December 2013, Brussels
- Commission Workshop "Implementation of SVHCs Roadmap and communication" - 28 November 2013 - Brussels
- 2nd Commission Workshop "Managing risks related to chemicals: REACH and sector specific legislation", 8 November 2013, Brussels
- Technical workshop on the follow-up to the Review of REACH, 27 June 2013, Brussels
- Workshop on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, 30 January 2013, Brussels
- Conference on REACH & CLP* Enforcement, 1 March 2012, Brussels
- Workshop on Competitiveness, Innovation and REACH, 6 December 2011, Brussels
- REACH Registration Conference: What did we achieve in 2010 – how can we ease the way for 2013, 23 September 2011, Brussels
- Workshop on "Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its ammonium salt - Production, use and risk", 4 May 2010, Brussels
REACHing out to SMEs: REACH Registration workshop for SMEs and larger companies, 10-11 December 2013, Brussels
The European Commission is organising a workshop to bring together SMEs and larger companies to find solutions to registration problems, including participating in substance information exchange forums (SIEFs). The workshop will be held on 10-11 December 2013, in the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels.
The registration for this workshop is now closed and the Commission has finalised the list of selected participants.
Representatives of SMEs, as well as of larger companies, are invited to actively debate the challenges and problems that they are facing or expecting to face for the next REACH registration deadline in 2018. The European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will be there to facilitate the discussions and to retain the best ideas for workable solutions to the problems identified in relation to the REACH registration. These problems are often related to the functioning of SIEFs, for example joint submission, cost sharing, access to data, communication in SIEFs, confidentiality, and uncertainty about a substance being registered.
The workshop will be an opportunity for SMEs and larger companies to interact among themselves and to enter into a direct dialogue with the European Commission and ECHA. The aim of the workshop will be on finding solutions to concrete issues. The workshop will be organised in the form of small break-out groups, encouraging all participants to make their contributions. It will be a chance to interact directly with regulators and to engage with them in a reflexion about how the implementation of REACH can be improved.
The draft programme, based on the feedback received from companies, is available on the workshop's webpage.
REACH registration is essential to ensure that manufacturers, importers and downstream users identify and take the appropriate measures needed to avoid adverse effects of chemical substances on humans or the environment. Importers and manufacturers of chemical substances have already passed two REACH registration deadlines, in 2010 and earlier this year in May. So far, the most hazardous substances as well as the largest volumes of chemical substances have been registered.
The third and last registration deadline falls in 2018 and it applies for chemical substances imported and manufactured in quantities of 1 tonne per year or more. In view of the lower volumes involved, this deadline will concern many more companies than before and will affect SMEs in particular.
Commission Workshop "Implementation of SVHCs Roadmap and communication" - 28 November 2013 - Brussels
Following the proposal made during the ad-hoc REACH Competent Authorities meeting of July 2013 in Helsinki, the Commission organised this workshop on the implementation of the SVHCs Roadmap, open to REACH MSCAs and all interested stakeholders.
The workshop was an occasion to present and discuss the Roadmap Implementation Plan prepared by ECHA, including the communication strategy.
The workshop was webstreamed live - link to the recording of the webstreaming.
Agenda [29 KB]
HOW TO IMPLEMENT THE SVHCS ROADMAP
Transparency and Communication [186 KB] , Valentina Bertato, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
Roadmap Implementation Plan [833 KB] , Simone Doyle, ECHA
German CA Approach to Risk Management [323 KB] , Anne Bambauer, German Competent authority
VIEWS AND EXPECTATIONS FROM STAKEHOLDERS
Chemical manufactures [306 KB] , Erwin Annys, Cefic European Chemical Industry Council
Automobile industry [544 KB] , Peter Kunze, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)
Trade unions [236 KB] , Tony Musu, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Environmental & health organisations [382 KB] , Tatiana Santos, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
2nd Commission Workshop "Managing risks related to chemicals: REACH and sector specific legislation", 8 November 2013, Brussels
This workshop was dedicated to the following two interesting subjects:
- Regulatory action under REACH, TOYS, POP and ROHS
- Comparison and harmonisation of the PBT-assessment under different pieces of EU legislation.
Examples of chemicals regulated by REACH, Toys, POP and ROHS were presented in order to discuss how to best regulate these chemicals under the right legislative framework, e. g. content versus migration limit values.
This was followed by another group of presentations focusing on PBT assessment during which the regulatory implications of different EU legislation and REACH were presented by the responsible Commission services.
The outcome of this workshop should help to implement the recommendations of the REACH review regarding the potential overlaps between authorisations and restrictions under REACH and other risk management measures under other legislation such as ROHS, Toys, POPs.
Competent Authorities of Member States were invited to explain how they have implemented collaboration between the different national departments after the discussion in the 1st Workshop.
This workshop was a brainstorming session between Commission, Member States and EU Agencies.
Agenda [40 KB]
Summary [35 KB]
REACH AND TOYS
REACH review and chemicals in toys [292 KB] - Robert Lindenthal, European Commission
Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) [422 KB] - Jürgen Vogelgesang, European Commission
Risk Assessment Approach: SCHER and RAC [321 KB] - Helmut Greim, Technical University Munich
REACH AND POP
Stockholm Convention principles [248 KB] - Sylvain Bintein, European Commission
REACH and the Stockholm Convention and the UNECE POP Protocol [187 KB] - Iain Forsyth, European Commission
REACH AND ROHS
Review of the List of restricted substances under RoHS II [912 KB] - Brigitte Karigl, Environment Agency Austria
REACH and RoHS [191 KB] - Iain Forsyth, European Commission
REACH AND WORKERS PROTECTION LEGISLATION
The principles of workers protection legislation [369 KB] - Alick Morris, European Commission
How the workers protection legislation interacts with REACH [260 KB] - Rémi Lefévre, European Commission
The DNEL list of the DGUV [543 KB] - Reinhold Rühl, BG BAU, Frankfurt
PBT ASSESSMENT IN EUROPE
Assessment under the Plant Protection Products Regulation [885 KB] - Laura Fabrizi, European Commission
Assessment under the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) [219 KB] - Ludovic Chatelin, European Commission
Assessment under the veterinary medicines legislation [372 KB] - Jordi Torren, European Medicines Agency
Assessment under REACH [498 KB] - Georg Streck, European Commission
Technical workshop on the follow-up to the Review of REACH, 27 June 2013, Brussels
The Commission hosted a full day workshop to present the main findings of its Report on the operation of REACH and to discuss priorities for actions, to follow-up on the Report's recommendations.
More than five years into its operation, the REACH Regulation has passed a number of important milestones, and the review obligations in the Regulation were an opportunity to look at the progress on all REACH objectives. The report concludes that REACH works but that there are many opportunities for improvement. The workshop aimed to discuss with the stakeholders some of the report's main recommendations and possibilities for concrete actions.
Agenda [90 KB]
Opening by Vice President of the European Commission, Antonio Tajani
A message from the Commissioner of Environment, Janez Potočnik
Session on Dossier Quality
Despite numerous challenges, the first registration deadline should be recognised a success, However, quality of the dossiers must be addressed.
Chair: Hansen Bjorn, Head of Unit "Chemicals", DG Environment
REACH registration dossiers: Dossier quality as a joint objective [2 MB] - Christel Musset, Director of Registration, European Chemicals Agency
Accountability and market access to address REACH non-compliance [183 KB] - Vito Buonsante, Client Earth
REACH compliance – the challenges SMEs face [2 MB] - Allen Creedy, Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses Environment, Energy & Water Committee
Metals industry approach to further improve the quality of REACH registration dossiers in line with recommendations of the REACH Review [2 MB] - Inneke Claes, EHS Manager - Waste & Chemicals, EUROMETAUX
Session on SMEs
The Commission concluded that there is a need to reduce the impact of REACH on SMEs . This was confirmed in the results of the TOP10 survey. In this session SMEs will be in the focus.
Chair: Klaus Berend, Head of Unit "REACH", DG Enterprise and Industry
SME Case 1: Agroterm, Hungary [449 KB] - Borbala Otto
SME Case 2: Gentrochema BV, Netherlands [503 KB] - Wim van Loon
ECHA has an eye for SMEs [6 MB] - Andreas Herdina, Director of Cooperation - SME Ambassador, ECHA
REACH review - the SME perspective [2 MB] - Marko Sušnik, UEAPME representative of WKÖ
REACHing Out To SME’s with 2018 in mind [2 MB] - Erwin Annys, Director REACH / Chemicals Policy, CEFIC
Session on Downstream Users
Responsible and safe handling, as well as the availability of quality chemicals is as much an issue for the chemical industry as for downstream users. However, how can downstream users enhance their role in the REACH processes?
Chair: Fulvia Raffaelli, Deputy Head of Unit, Strategic Policy Unit, DG Enterprise and Industry
SME Case 1: Dalla Torre Ermanno e Figli S.r.l., Italy [2 MB] - Lorenzo Dalla Torre, General Manager
SME Case 2: Interplay Ltd., UK [14 KB] - Bob Paton, Product Manager
REACH and an effective protection of workers against chemical hazards : still many gaps to overcome [139 KB] - Laurent Vogel, European Trade Union Confederation
Review of REACH - Automotive Industry Challenges [7 MB] - Timo Unger, Chairman of the ACEA Task Force for REACH
REACH - Work in progress. An Aerospace Perspective [753 KB] - Steve George, Co-Chair of REACH Working Group, ASD
Activities for SMEs and DU in Member States – France example [4 MB] - Stephanie Vivier, French National Helpdesk – INERIS
Working together on challenges faced by Downstream Users [2 MB] - Jack de Bruijn, Director of Risk Management, ECHA
Conclusions and Closing
Conclusions [328 KB] - Geert Dancet, Executive Director, European Chemicals Agency
Closing - Gwenole Cozigou, Director, DG Enterprise and Industry
Workshop on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials, 30 January 2013, Brussels
On 30 January 2013, the Commission has hosted a workshop to present and discuss the main findings of the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials with representatives from the European Parliament, Member States and stakeholders.
On 3 October 2012, the Commission has adopted the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials . This Communication constitutes the follow-up to the 2008 Commission Communication on regulatory aspects of nanomaterials. It assesses the adequacy and implementation of EU legislation for nanomaterials, indicates follow-up actions and responds to issues raised by the European Parliament¹, the European Economic and Social Committee² and the Council³. As part of the Second Regulatory Review, the Commission also adopted a Staff Working Paper on Nanomaterial Types and Uses, including Safety Aspects . The Staff Working Paper presents available information on types and uses of nanomaterials and analyses relevant information on the safety of nanomaterials.
The presentation documents can be found below.
A video recording of the Opening and Session 1 can be viewed via this webstreaming link.
Session 1: The Market Potential and Knowledge Base
A video recording of the Opening and Session 1 can be viewed via this webstreaming link.
Gwen Cozigou, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry - The potential of nanomaterials to create growth and jobs [33 KB]
Gernot Klotz, CEFIC - Nanomaterials as a key enabling technology [132 KB]
Eric Poudelet, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers - Assessment of nanomaterials in food, health and consumer products [146 KB]
Wim de Jong, SCENIHR, Vice-Chairman - SCENIHR´s opinions on nanomaterials [344 KB]
Kenneth Dawson, University College Dublin, Ireland - How hazardous are nanomaterials? [3 MB]
Session 2: The Policy Response
A video recording of Session 2 can be viewed via this webstreaming link.
Bjorn Hansen, European Commission, DG Environment - The main conclusions of the Second Regulatory Review [315 KB]
Armindo Silva, European Commission, DG Employment - Worker protection legislation and nanomaterials [32 KB]
Satu Hassi, Member of the European Parliament - Initial reactions and planning in the Parliament [65 KB]
John Newham, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland - Planned follow-up to the Second Regulatory Review by the Irish Presidency [200 KB]
Steffi Friedrichs, Nanotechnology Industries Association - Why is existing regulation sufficient to ensure safe use of nanomaterials and what can industry do to generate trust? [3 MB]
Vito Buonsante, EEB/ClientEarth - Is there a need for more regulation on nanomaterials and why do we need to treat nanomaterials differently from other chemicals? [43 KB]
Session 3: Panel Discussion on the Policy Response
A video recording of Session 3 can be viewed via this webstreaming link.
Panel Discussion moderated by Philippa Jones, Chemical Watch: What can the European Union do to fully use the innovation potential of nanomaterials while ensuring their safety?
Bjorn Hansen, European Commission, DG Environment
Gwen Cozigou, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
Dick Jung, Deputy Director Safety and Risks of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands
Peter Smith, CEFIC
Steffi Friedrichs, Nanotechnology Industries Association
Vito Buonsante, EEB/ClientEarth
Aida Ponce, ETUC
Session 4: Further Development of the Knowledge Base
A video recording of the first part of Session 4 can be viewed via this webstreaming link. The video recordings of the presentations of Krzysztof Maruszewski and Otto Linher are not available due to a technical problem. A video recording of the second part of Session 4 and the closure can be viewed via this webstreaming link.
Herbert von Bose, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation - Fostering safe and responsible nanotechnology innovation and supporting science-based regulation [719 KB]
Krzysztof Maruszewski, European Commission, Joint Research Centre - Addressing needs for information on nanomaterials [265 KB] – Due to a technical problem, the video of this speech is not available
Otto Linher, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry - The Commission’s plans for an impact assessment on the most adequate means to increase transparency [29 KB] – Due to a technical problem, the video of this speech is not available
Catherine Mir, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France - What are the objectives and impacts of the planned nanomaterial registry in France? [197 KB]
Franz Fiala, ANEC - What information do consumers need? [927 KB]
Florian Schellauf, Cosmetics Europe – The view of the cosmetics industry on nanomaterial registries [234 KB]
Discussion on Session 4
A video recording of the second part of Session 4 and the closure can be viewed via this webstreaming link.
¹ Resolution European Parliament on Regulatory Aspects of Nanomaterials (2008/2208(INI), 24.4.2009)
² Opinion European Economic and Social Committee; INT/456 of 25.2.2009, Nanomaterials
³ Conclusions on “improving environmental policy instruments” of 20 December 2010
Conference on REACH & CLP* Enforcement, 1 March 2012, Brussels
The Conference, organised by the European Commission, gathered authorities and stakeholders from all REACH and CLP sectors.
Enforcement and competent authorities, companies – particularly small and medium enterprises (SME) -, industry associations, workers associations, non-governmental organisations (NGO), importers and only representatives (OR) and non-EU country representatives were invited to discuss how REACH and CLP are being enforced in the EU. Enforcement helps to achieve the objectives of these regulations and fosters an equal playing field for companies on the EU market.
The Conference focused on enforcement activities and on identifying good practices from both Member States’ authorities and stakeholders. Members of ECHA’s Forum (the Member State enforcement authorities’ network) presented their activities. More information about Forum activities.
The agenda [95 KB]
The video recording of the conference is divided into four separate parts.
Presentation slides and panel
Setting the scene for REACH&CLP enforcement
European Commission's view of REACH and CLP enforcement - Fulvia Raffaelli (DG ENTR) [119 KB]
Enforcement in Germany - Katja vom Hofe (DE) [405 KB]
Enforcement in Cyprus - Tasoula Kyprianidou–Leontidou (CY) [978 KB]
Forum activities and European Commission studies
General presentation - Eugen Anwander (AT) [555 KB]
European enforcement project 1 and interlinks - Mihaiela Emilia Albulescu (RO) [423 KB]
European enforcement project 2 - Nikolay Stanimirov Savov (BG) [202 KB]
European Commission’s enforcement studies - Bartlomiej Balcerzyk (DG ENV) [200 KB]
Enforcement experiences from Stakeholders
Experiences with REACH and CLP enforcement in the chemical sector - Sandor Zuurendonk (Cefic/Ashland) [399 KB]
REACH survey on consumers' rights - Sylvia Maurer (BEUC) [214 KB]
Inspection experience in the smelting industry - Bernd Friede (Elkem) [312 KB]
Looking ahead (panel discussion)
Expectations on enforcement (video recording, choose part IV)
*REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
CLP: Classification, labelling and packaging of substances or mixtures
Workshop on Competitiveness, Innovation and REACH, 6 December 2011, Brussels
DG Enterprise and Industry, in collaboration with DG Environment, hosted this stakeholders' workshop on the impact of the REACH regulation on the competitiveness and innovativeness of the EU chemical industry.
The workshop gathered more than 100 participants from the chemical sector, authorities and NGOs to discuss the findings of two studies launched by the Commission.
These studies were launched to assess the impact of the REACH regulation on the functioning of the single market, the competitiveness and ability to innovate of the EU chemical sector. They were prepared within the framework of the reporting and review obligations prescribed in the REACH regulation and the Commission decision to launch a broader review (taking into account the experiences acquired from the first years of implementation, with particular interest to costs and innovations).
The agenda [742 KB]
Session on Competitiveness
Study findings – Mr Tsamis (CSES) [910 KB]
Feedback – Mr Annys (CEFIC) [127 KB]
Feedback – Mr Fischer (UEAPME) [214 KB]
Feedback – Mr Waeterschoot (EUROMETAUX) [276 KB]
Session on Innovation
Study findings – Mr Smit (CSES) [538 KB]
Feedback – Mr Annys (CEFIC) [127 KB]
Feedback – Ms Telcs (ORGALIME) [294 KB]
Feedback – Mr Freunscht (UNILEVER) [270 KB]
Feedback – Ms Gilbert (GAIA) [605 KB]
Conclussions – Mr Smit (CSES) [274 KB]
Next Steps – Mr Kubicki (DG ENTR, European Commission) [356 KB]
REACH Registration Conference: What did we achieve in 2010 – how can we ease the way for 2013, 23 September 2011, Brussels
Organised by the European Commission and ECHA, the conference aimed to assess what we learnt during the 2010 registration procedure, both in terms of early results of the REACH regulation and in terms of the process. The conference highlighted what went well and where improvements are needed to ease the way for the 2013 registration deadline.
All REACH stakeholders such as authorities, industry associations, workers associations, NGO's, non-EU countries were invited to attend. For more information: www.euconf.eu/reach
The closing date for registrations was 9 September 2011.
The event was webstreamed and it was interpreted into EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, and PL.
Workshop on "Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its ammonium salt - Production, use and risk", 4 May 2010, Brussels
The aim of this workshop was to share with the Member States and the other stakeholders the results of a study finalised in January 2010 and of other ongoing activities on PFOA and its ammonium salt.
The morning session was focusing mainly on the results obtained so far on the ongoing studies on the hazard and risk assessment of PFOA.
The afternoon session was twofold: the first part focused on the use of PFOA during the fluoropolymerization process, in photographic application, and in articles; the second part focused on activities at OECD level and on the regulatory possibilities to address the identified concerns.
Workshop agenda [17 KB]
- Study on Analysis of the risks arising from the industrial use of PFOA/APFO and from their use in consumer articles [5 MB] - Femke Affourtit (RPS)
- Critical Appraisal on DNEL Derivation on PFOA [458 KB] - Ulrike Bernauer (BfR)
- In vitro toxicological characterisation of PFOA and homologous substances with variant carbon chain length [685 KB] - Thorsten Buhrke (BfR)
- OECD activities on Perfluorinated chemicals [145 KB] - Bob Diderich (OECD)
- Monitoring results on PFOA in Arctic marine top predators with focus on polar bears [2 MB] - Rune Dietz (NERI)
- Use of PFOA in critical photographic applications [510 KB] - Eddy Michiels (I&P Europe)
- Analytical method for PFOA (and higher homologues) in articles - challenges and current status [83 KB] - Stefan Posner (Swerea IVF)
- Global risks for health and environment – what the EU could do [9 MB] - Ninja Reineke (WWF)
- PFOA - possible sources and regulatory needs [3 MB] - Christoph Schulte (FEA)
- Fluoropolymer Production and the use of Processing Aids [391 KB] - Eric van Wely (PlasticsEurope)
Main workshop conclusions [17 KB]
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in the conference slides and videos are purely those of the presenters and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission. The European Commission cannot give a binding interpretation of Community legislation, as this is the prerogative of the European Court of Justice.