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REACH / CLP - Events

Commission Workshop on the "Assessment of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) substances in different EU legislations ", 17 December 2014, Brussels

Several pieces of EU legislation, including the Plant Protection Products Regulation, the Biocidal Products Regulation and REACH require the identification of Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) substances.

While the PBT-criteria themselves are in general the same, differences exist in the evidence used for the determination of the P-, B- and T-properties. In most cases, such differences derive from the different regulatory framework and data requirements under the various sectorial legislations. In practice, this can lead to divergent PBT-assessments for the same substance. Furthermore, the assessment of PBT-substances changes over time in the light of the development of further knowledge in environmental sciences and ecotoxicology, leading to a constant advancement in its methods. This constant progression of the methods, on the other hand, makes an intensive exchange of information and views among all players necessary in order to achieve a close cooperation and coherent assessments.

The workshop offered a basis to foster a constructive exchange of views and information among Member State Competent Authorities, EU Agencies and Commission Services as well as stakeholders and researchers. It aimed to compare the different procedures for the identification of PBTs and examine which guidance documents are applied under the various legislations. The workshop did contain presentations addressing more specific methodological aspects of the PBT-identification, which have been controversially discussed or which have seen recent scientific progress allowing to advance the assessment methods and aimed at developing a mechanism for continuous cooperation across different legislations.



Assessment under the Plant Protection Products Regulation - Laura Fabrizi, DG SANCO

Assessment under the Biocide Products Regulation - Ludovic Chatelin, DG SANCO

Challenges of the PBT-assessment under different legislations – the industry perspective - Dr. Bernhard Jene, European Crop Protection

Origin and evolution of persistence criteria - Prof. Dr. Michael Matthies, University of Osnabrück

Challenges of the PBT-assessment under different legislations – a Member State’s perspective - Caren Rauert, Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

Assessment under REACH - Katinka van der Jagt, DG ENV

Comparison of PBT-assessment under different legislations - Georg Streck, DG ENTR

EFSA’s work on the identification of PBTs - Christopher Lythgo, EFSA

ECHA’s work on the identification of PBTs - Johanna Peltola-Thiess, ECHA

Assessment of bioaccumulation and toxicity with non-aquatic organisms - Stefania Gottardo, JRC

Non-target screening in biota samples - Pawel Rostkowski, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)

Use of monitoring data in the PBT assessment and for determining LRT - Timo Seppälä, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)



Commission Workshop on "Managing risks related to chemicals: REACH and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Legislation", 18 November 2014, Brussels

In December 2012 and in November 2013, the Commission services did organise two workshops on chemical risk management under REACH and other sector specific legislation. Both received positive feedback from the participants, mainly Competent Authorities for REACH and for other EU legislation and EU Agencies.

Following the success of those events, a new workshop was organised jointly by DG ENTR, DG ENV and DG EMPL. This workshop did focus the discussion on the common elements and possible divergences in the management of risks related to chemicals under REACH and OSH legislation. As in the previous workshops, the aim was to generate a constructive exchange of views and information among Commission services, relevant EU agencies and Member States Competent Authorities responsible for REACH and national authorities responsible for OSH legislation.

In this workshop, there was an open session, in the afternoon, in which industry/employers and workers representatives' together with scientists working in the area of limit values were welcomed. We aimed to work together towards a common understanding on how best to manage the interface between REACH and OSH legislation.


The workshop was webstreamed live. The video recording of the webstreaming is available from this link



Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) legislation – overview of chemical risk assessment and management at the workplace including limit values - Alick Morris, DG EMPL-Unit B3

REACH: Risk Management under REACH: CSR and eSDS, restrictions, authorisation - Christian Heidorn, DG ENV-Unit A3

Simplification of the authorisation procedure and potential exemption from the authorisation requirement under Article 58(2) of REACH with regard to occupational risks - Anna Borras, DG ENTR-Unit F1


Identifying challenges to joined up approaches between national authorities Common issues that necessitate coordinated follow-up actions - Robin Foster, Health and Safety Executive

Improving Safety and Health at Work by strengthening OSH and REACH synergies. Lessons from Practice - Demi Theodori, Bureau REACH-RIVM

SLIC CHEMEX view on OSH/REACH interface issues with a focus on practical issues at the workplace - Darren Arkins, the Irish Health and Safety Authority


Background to DNELs and OELs with a specific emphasis on the various uses and types of DNELs throughout the REACH legislative procedures - Tim Bowmer, Chair of ECHA-RAC

Scientific aspects including methodological approaches to uncertainty when developing limit values - Gunnar Johanson, SCOEL Member and Helmut Greim, Technical University of Munich

The views of the social partners on the use of workplace limit values - Patrick Levy, Employers' Interest Group and Tony Musu, Workers' Interest Group - ACSH Working Party on Chemicals

The communication of DNEL/OELV in SDSs: Difficulties for operators to understand the role of a DNEL/exposure scenario when already complying with OSH legislation, suggestions for an improved system - Erik Drijvers, BASF Antwerpen

The risk assessment under OSH and its relevance for substances subject to REACH authorisation –case of trichloroethylene - Jan Twisk, Industrial Hygiene Resource Manager, Dow



Workshop on the safe use of chemicals by SMEs, 16 September 2014, Brussels 

The workshop aimed to address the challenges faced by companies and in particular SMEs to comply with the new rules for classification, labelling, packaging of mixtures introduced by the CLP regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Hazardous Chemicals).

The event did bring together stakeholders such as industry associations, business support organisations, trade unions, and consumer associations, as well as competent authorities and the national CLP helpdesks. All organisations whose members need to know about and/or comply with the regulation were invited to participate and to contribute to the discussions.

The workshop did:

  • Identify main challenges for a timely implementation of the CLP Regulation
  • Discuss practical solutions to the specific needs of SMEs
  • Promote the safe use of chemicals in Europe

The CLP Regulation is relatively new EU legislation that adapted the harmonised criteria for the classification, packaging and labelling of chemicals to the international GHS system (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). Its purpose is to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as free movement of substances, mixtures and articles. In line with international agreements, CLP requires companies to classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market. The new provisions have applied for substances already since 2010, but for mixtures, which represent the vast majority of products on the market, the new provisions will apply as of 1 June 2015.

Although the obligations are similar to previous EU legislation, there are some important differences. Moreover, the number of products that must be re-labelled to comply with the CLP is enormous, including both consumer items (such as paints or detergents) as well as industrial mixtures. The majority of the operators concerned are SMEs, who may not be fully informed of the new regulation and the related obligations. Therefore, the workshop aims to attract multipliers of information towards SMEs in the first place and to help spreading the message to companies of the need for action to update their chemicals labels in line with CLP.


The workshop was webstreamed live. The video recording of the webstreaming is available from this link.



Antti Peltomaki, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise and Industry (no slides) (4:45--)

Andreas Herdina, Director, ECHA's SME Ambassador (no slides) (11:56--)

Setting the scene. What is new? 

Roberto Scazzola, Policy Officer, DG Enterprise and Industry (22:35--)

Session 1: The new CLP rules – What are the challenges for SMEs? (1:18:35--)

Marko Sušnik, UEAPME / WKÖ  (1:24:35--)

Sylvie Lemoine, Director, AISE  (1:42:25--)

Janice Robinson, Director, CEPE  (1:59:50--)

Uta Jensen-Korte, Director, FECC  (2:16:10--)

Cristobal Bernal, Technical Manager, CARINSA  (2:31:50--)

Isabelle Demoment, Regulatory Manager, HYPRED SA  (2:42:55--)

Session 2: Supporting EU industry and SMEs to become aware of and comply with CLP (4:50:25--)

Tjwan Tan,  Chair of the Bio ChemTech EEN sector group  (4:53:20--)

Jos Mossink, Head of Unit, European Chemical Agency (ECHA)  (5:07:15--)

Ilja van Alten, Consumer Safety Institute, the Netherlands (no slides)  (5:24:25--)

Andreas Fleischer, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Germany  (5:38:45--)

Ludovica Malaguti, Senior researcher, National Institute of Health, Italy  (5:51:40--)

Session 3: A safe use of chemicals in Europe – looking ahead (6:28:10--)

Panel discussion (no slides)

Closing remarks

Gwen Cozigou, Director, DG Enterprise and Industry (no slides)  (8:13:20--)


Validation workshop on transparency measures for nanomaterials, 30 June 2014, Brussels

The Commission organises a validation workshop to discuss the preliminary results of the study supporting the impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials.

The impact assessment on transparency measures for nanomaterials is a response to concerns about potentially inadequate action on health and environmental risks of nanomaterials and potentially suboptimal consumer choices as a result of lack of information being currently available to authorities, downstream user industries, distributers, workers and consumers. Over the course of the impact assessment exercise, a number of policy options will be defined, refined and assessed, such as a single nanoregistry at an EU level with different variations, a structured effort to collect available information on nanomaterials, a recommendation on best practices for national registries or no additional action compared to the current legal framework.

A study has been launched to evaluate existing notification systems for nanomaterials and to collect data in support of the assessment of different policy options. Preliminary results of this study will be made available by mid-June 2014. These results will be discussed with interested stakeholders at the validation workshop. During this workshop, stakeholders will be invited to provide their input on the study and the related impact assessment.

A summary of the workshop discussion.



The webcast of the entire meeting includes all presentations, panel discussions and questions & answers-sessions:


Workshop on REACH Registration and CLP requirements for essential oils producers and distillers, 8 April 2014, Brussels

The European Commission, in co-operation with the European Chemicals Agency, is organising a workshop on 8 April 2014 in Brussels to discuss the handling of essential oils under the REACH and CLP regulations, to identify the issues at stake and to explore possible solutions.                                                                                                                                             

Producers and distillers of essential oils (such as lavender oil) recently expressed their concerns about registration requirements under REACH and other issues such as classification and labelling obligations.

The workshop will bring together the sector's representatives from the different Member States concerned as well as the national competent authorities, and will be open to the press.

More information


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.


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.


The presentations are available on the workshop's webpage.


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 pdf - 29 KB [29 KB]

Roadmap on Substances of Very High Concern for 2020

ECHA web page - SVHC Roadmap to 2020



Transparency and Communication pdf - 186 KB [186 KB] , Valentina Bertato, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry 

Roadmap Implementation Plan pdf - 833 KB [833 KB] , Simone Doyle, ECHA 

German CA Approach to Risk Management pdf - 323 KB [323 KB] , Anne Bambauer, German Competent authority 


Chemical manufactures pdf - 306 KB [306 KB] , Erwin Annys, Cefic European Chemical Industry Council

Automobile industry pdf - 544 KB [544 KB] , Peter Kunze, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association  (ACEA) 

Trade unions pdf - 236 KB [236 KB] , Tony Musu, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

Environmental & health organisations pdf - 382 KB [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 pdf - 40 KB [40 KB]



Summary pdf - 35 KB [35 KB]


REACH review and chemicals in toys pdf - 292 KB [292 KB] - Robert Lindenthal, European Commission

Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) pdf - 422 KB [422 KB] - Jürgen Vogelgesang, European Commission

Risk Assessment Approach: SCHER and RAC pdf - 321 KB [321 KB] - Helmut Greim, Technical University Munich


Stockholm Convention principles pdf - 248 KB [248 KB] - Sylvain Bintein, European Commission

REACH and the Stockholm Convention and the UNECE POP Protocol pdf - 187 KB [187 KB] - Iain Forsyth, European Commission


Review of the List of restricted substances under RoHS II pdf - 912 KB [912 KB] - Brigitte Karigl, Environment Agency Austria

REACH and RoHS pdf - 191 KB [191 KB] - Iain Forsyth, European Commission


The principles of workers protection legislation pdf - 369 KB [369 KB] - Alick Morris, European Commission

How the workers protection legislation interacts with REACH pdf - 260 KB [260 KB] - Rémi Lefévre, European Commission 

The DNEL list of the DGUV pdf - 543 KB [543 KB] - Reinhold Rühl, BG BAU, Frankfurt


Assessment under the Plant Protection Products Regulation pdf - 885 KB [885 KB] - Laura Fabrizi, European Commission

Assessment under the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) pdf - 219 KB [219 KB] - Ludovic Chatelin, European Commission

Assessment under the veterinary medicines legislation pdf - 372 KB [372 KB] - Jordi Torren, European Medicines Agency

Assessment under REACH pdf - 498 KB [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 pdf - 90 KB [90 KB]

The workshop was webstreamed live. The recording of the webstreaming is available from these links to Part I  and Part II.



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 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] - Christel Musset, Director of Registration, European Chemicals Agency

Accountability and market access to address REACH non-compliance pdf - 183 KB [183 KB] - Vito Buonsante, Client Earth

REACH compliance – the challenges SMEs face pdf - 2 MB [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 pdf - 2 MB [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 pdf - 449 KB [449 KB] - Borbala Otto

SME Case 2: Gentrochema BV, Netherlands pdf - 503 KB [503 KB] - Wim van Loon

ECHA has an eye for SMEs pdf - 6 MB [6 MB] - Andreas Herdina, Director of Cooperation - SME Ambassador, ECHA

REACH review - the SME perspective pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] - Marko Sušnik, UEAPME representative of WKÖ

REACHing Out To SME’s with 2018 in mind pdf - 2 MB [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 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] - Lorenzo Dalla Torre, General Manager

SME Case 2: Interplay Ltd., UK pdf - 14 KB [14 KB] - Bob Paton, Product Manager

REACH and an effective protection of workers against chemical hazards : still many gaps to overcome pdf - 139 KB [139 KB] - Laurent Vogel, European Trade Union Confederation

Review of REACH - Automotive Industry Challenges pdf - 7 MB [7 MB] - Timo Unger, Chairman of the ACEA Task Force for REACH

REACH - Work in progress. An Aerospace Perspective pdf - 753 KB [753 KB] - Steve George, Co-Chair of REACH Working Group, ASD

Activities for SMEs and DU in Member States – France example pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] - Stephanie Vivier, French National Helpdesk – INERIS

Working together on challenges faced by Downstream Users pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] - Jack de Bruijn, Director of Risk Management, ECHA


Conclusions and Closing

Conclusions pdf - 328 KB [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 български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) . 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 български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) . 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.

Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry pdf - 30 KB [30 KB]

Karl Falkenberg, Director General, European Commission, DG Environment pdf - 47 KB [47 KB]

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 pdf - 33 KB [33 KB]

Gernot Klotz, CEFIC - Nanomaterials as a key enabling technology pdf - 132 KB [132 KB]

Eric Poudelet, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers - Assessment of nanomaterials in food, health and consumer products pdf - 146 KB [146 KB]

Wim de Jong, SCENIHR, Vice-Chairman - SCENIHR´s opinions on nanomaterials pdf - 344 KB [344 KB]

Kenneth Dawson, University College Dublin, Ireland - How hazardous are nanomaterials? pdf - 3 MB [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 pdf - 315 KB [315 KB]

Armindo Silva, European Commission, DG Employment - Worker protection legislation and nanomaterials pdf - 32 KB [32 KB]

Satu Hassi, Member of the European Parliament - Initial reactions and planning in the Parliament pdf - 65 KB [65 KB]

John Newham, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland - Planned follow-up to the Second Regulatory Review by the Irish Presidency pdf - 200 KB [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? pdf - 3 MB [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? pdf - 43 KB [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 pdf - 719 KB [719 KB]

Krzysztof Maruszewski, European Commission, Joint Research Centre - Addressing needs for information on nanomaterials pdf - 265 KB [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 pdf - 29 KB [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? pdf - 197 KB [197 KB]

Franz Fiala, ANEC - What information do consumers need? pdf - 927 KB [927 KB]

Florian Schellauf, Cosmetics Europe – The view of the cosmetics industry on nanomaterial registries pdf - 234 KB [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.

Fabrizia Benini, European Commission, Member of Cabinet of Vice-President Tajani pdf - 33 KB [33 KB]

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 pdf - 95 KB [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) pdf - 119 KB [119 KB]

Enforcement in Germany - Katja vom Hofe (DE) pdf - 405 KB [405 KB]

Enforcement in Cyprus - Tasoula Kyprianidou–Leontidou (CY) pdf - 978 KB [978 KB]

Forum activities and European Commission studies

General presentation - Eugen Anwander (AT) pdf - 555 KB [555 KB]

European enforcement project 1 and interlinks - Mihaiela Emilia Albulescu (RO) pdf - 423 KB [423 KB]

European enforcement project 2 - Nikolay Stanimirov Savov (BG) pdf - 202 KB [202 KB]

European Commission’s enforcement studies - Bartlomiej Balcerzyk (DG ENV) pdf - 200 KB [200 KB]

Enforcement experiences from Stakeholders

Experiences with REACH and CLP enforcement in the chemical sector - Sandor Zuurendonk (Cefic/Ashland) pdf - 399 KB [399 KB]

REACH survey on consumers' rights - Sylvia Maurer (BEUC) pdf - 214 KB [214 KB]

Inspection experience in the smelting industry - Bernd Friede (Elkem) pdf - 312 KB [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 pdf - 742 KB [742 KB]

Presentation slides


Ms Raffaelli (DG ENTR, European Commission) pdf - 518 KB [518 KB]

Session on Competitiveness

Study findings – Mr Tsamis (CSES) pdf - 910 KB [910 KB]

Feedback – Mr Annys (CEFIC) pdf - 127 KB [127 KB]

Feedback – Mr Fischer (UEAPME) pdf - 214 KB [214 KB]

Feedback – Mr Waeterschoot (EUROMETAUX) pdf - 276 KB [276 KB]

Session on Innovation

Study findings – Mr Smit (CSES) pdf - 538 KB [538 KB]

Feedback – Mr Annys (CEFIC) pdf - 127 KB [127 KB]

Feedback – Ms Telcs (ORGALIME) pdf - 294 KB [294 KB]

Feedback – Mr Freunscht (UNILEVER) pdf - 270 KB [270 KB]

Feedback – Ms Gilbert (GAIA) pdf - 605 KB [605 KB]


Conclussions – Mr Smit (CSES) pdf - 274 KB [274 KB]

Next Steps – Mr Kubicki (DG ENTR, European Commission) pdf - 356 KB [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:

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 pdf - 17 KB [17 KB]

Presentation slides:

Main workshop conclusions pdf - 17 KB [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.

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