Chemical Watch Global Supply Chain Workshop, Brussels, March 2014

A unique opportunity to participate in a programme that brings together over twenty-five experts from industry, trade associations and government from around the world. Through presentations, Q&As, panel discussions and break-out sessions, delegates will hear about the latest supply chain challenges facing organisations - including those supplying the chemical industry, those in the chemical industry together with downstream users.

11-12 March 2014,  Le Châtelain Boutique Hotel, Brussels

Overview of current global supply chain chemicals risk management.
This session includes a view from outside the EU - how Brazilian companies manage supply chain issues and also highlights the impact of the California Safer Consumer Products Regulation on non U.S. companies.

REACH and CLP Requirements and Impacts.
Experts from the EU and further afield (Turkey) discuss safe use communications through the supply chain together with how supply chain communication can benefit your authorisation dossier.

Practical Sectoral Examples: Including speakers from the following industries: Aerospace, Electronics, Retail (Home and Garden), Textiles, Automotives, Construction, and Healthcare. A special feature of Session Three is the series of break-out workshops giving delegates a choice of four topical sessions.

Expert panel

Listen to senior representatives from both Government and industry together with NGOs;

Current thinking

Gain valuable insight into the global chemical supply chain;

Time Efficiency

Bring yourself up-to-date with the complex and changeable global supply chain landscape and ask questions to which your organisation needs answers;

Q&A Panel Sessions

Have your specific questions answered by making use of the multiple Q&A sessions.  Remember - we encourage you to  send in any questions you might have in writing in advance of the conference;


Meet your peers, including our expert panel, in the informal, relaxed setting of the Le Châtelain Hotel in Brussels.

Programme Overview - Day One 

09:00 - Registration & Refreshments

09:30 - Keynote: The Imperative Need to Manage Chemicals in Supply Chains

  • UNEP project on information systems in supply chains.
Kevin Munn, Project Officer, United Nations Environment Programme
Chemicals Branch,  

09:45 - A Way to Safer Alternatives, Strategies and Tools for Chemicals Management – An NGO Perspective

  • How ChemSec works with business;
  • Different sector supply chains – different problems, summarising chemical challenges;
  • Intensification of chemical legislation internationally;
  • SIN-list as a tool for supply chain management (foster innovation; avoid lengthy risk assessments);
  • The Guide – an upcoming tool for SMEs.
Sonja Haider, Business and Investors Advisor, Chemsec 

10:05 - View from Outside the EU - Brazil’s Supply Chain Issues

Fernando Sa, Petrobras, Brazil 

10.25 - Q&A Panel Discussion

10.40 - Refreshments

11:10 - SME Global Supply Chains - Working with DU formulators to limit Risk

  • Mapping your supply chains: sub–contracting; change management;
  • Clarifying and communicating DU/Retail expectations;
  • Benchmarking SME factory knowledge – surveys, results;
  • Identifying and assessing areas of DU/ Retailer Risk;
  • Case studies: Articles supply to DU;
  • Supplementing SME factory knowledge –creative educational processes;
  • Reach Audits – limiting risk and measuring improvement.
Penny Schuler, REACH Lead consultant Director, PAS Advisory Services Ltd

11:30 - International perspectives on the impacts of the California SCP (Safer Consumer Products) Regulations

  • A basic outline of the SCP regulations themselves and likely sectors to be affected;
  • The role of importers into California and the knock-on effects up the supply-chain;
  • Parallels and differences with REACH in Europe;
  • Likely cross-fertilisation in areas such as alternative assessment, socio-economic assessment and overall substitution strategies.
Paul Ashford, Managing Director, Caleb Management Services Limited

11:50 - Responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas, a Possible EU Approach

  • Context: financing of armed groups and security forces in conflict regions via proceeds of minerals;
  • Concept of responsible sourcing to advance due diligence practices for businesses sourcing from conflict regions (UN, OECD);
  • EU engagement in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance to advance responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict regions;
  • EU context for action: European Parliament resolution and European Commission communications;
  • Outcome of the Commission's public consultation including voice of business;
  • Possible EU approach.

 Mrs Signe Ratso, Director, Trade Strategy and Analysis, Market Access; Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

12:10 - Q&A Panel Discussion

  • Panel to be joined by Sjoerd Looijs, Responsible Care Manager, Cefic

12:40 - Lunch & Networking

13:40 - Keynote: Feedback on the CSA Programme and ENES developments (exposure scenarios)

 Andrew Murray, Senior Scientific Officer, Risk Management Identification Unit, ECHA

14:00 - Safe Use communication through the supply chain: the views of formulators on priorities and needs.

The presentation will explain DU issues in relation to extended-SDS, highlight improvements seen in the last year and remaining deficiencies, as well as DUCC's contribution to ECHA CSR/ES Roadmap:

  • Generation of exposure scenarios that reflect realistic conditions of use;
  • Harmonisation of exposure scenario content and layout in order to facilitate efficient processing e.g. ES Short Titles;
  • Development of standard phrases and IT exchange format (ESCOM);
  • Conversion of exposure scenario information for substances into advice on safe use for mixtures;
  • Opportunities and challenges associated with a DU CSR.
Sylvie Lemoine, Director, Technical and Regulatory Affairs,AISE (International Association for Detergents and Maintenance Products)

14:20 - The impact of REACH on Turkish Companies and the supply chain issues they have faced

  • Ambiguity in the Pre-registration phase;
  • SIEF Issues experienced;
  • REACH related costs: Should I export to EU?;
  • Separation of the deadlines: Was it the ideal method? ;
  • LoA cost sharing principles and ambiguity in excess funds; 
  • Up and down communication of REACH registration data;
  • Substances that return home after enjoying Anatolia: Challenges on re-export to EU after formulating in Turkey;
  • Supplying from EU Brands; Does this ensure default REACH compliance?;
  • Positive impacts: Welcome party for Joint ventures.
Melih Babayigit, CRAD, Turkey

14:40 - Q&A Panel Discussion

15:00 - Refreshments

15:30 - The Impact of Free Riders on an EU Sector

  • Principles;
  • What happens in the absence of specific custom code (trade nomenclature)?;
  • A case study of the smelting industry;
  • Cross-sectoral examples;
  • Controlling compliant companies vs defrauders.

Ines Van Lierde, Secretary General Euroalliages

15:50 - What would really help SMEs?

  • Complexity of (e)SDS and what could help to make them easier to digest;
  • Articles: Art. 33 & 7.2 of the REACH Regulation – challenges and usefulness;
  • Making uses known - challenges;
  • Making regulatory actions more “SME-proof” (e.g. impact assessments, involvement in public consultations, legal stability);
  • Relevant information in SDS apart from RMM (e.g. reg.numbers, status regarding authorisation/restriction, other relevant legislation).
Marko Susnik, Advisor Chemical Policy, Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO) UEAPME

16:10 - How does supply chain communication benefit your authorisation dossier and you?

  • Key information to request from your supply chain;
  • Relationship building through supply chain communication for authorisation;
  • How to deal with difficulties in supply chain communication;
  • Feedback during and after the authorisation filing;
  • Understanding why your substance is critical in the supply chain;
  • How does understanding the uses in your supply chain help in defining your authorisation request;
  • Making valid, relevant and acceptable exposure scenarios;
  • Crisp and clear phrasing of the exposure scenario.
Julius Waller, Partner, EPPA

Leo van der Biessen, Senior REACH, Regulatory Compliance and Exposure Assessment expert, Royal Haskoning DHV

16:40 - Chemical Manufacturers' Priorities and Needs

  • Overview of Current Supply Chain Communications realities from an industry perspective;
  • Communicating about SVHCs;
  • Future problems concerning nano inventories;
  • Interaction with DUs concerning substance evaluation (exposure at DU level - an initiative by CEFIC and DUCC).
Jean-Christophe Derwat, REACH Manager, Cefic - European Chemical Industry Council

17:00 - Q&A Panel Discussion

17:30 - Close of Day One/Drinks

Programme Overview - Day Two

08:30  - Refreshments & Networking

09:00 - The Distributor’s role in the supply chain

  • How does communication flow to/from distributors?;
  • What impacts have REACH/CLP had on them?;
  • What role can they play to improve supply chain communication between suppliers and customers?;
  • Unintended consequences.
Douglas Leech, Technical Director, Chemical Business Association


9:20 REACH Authorisation – Aerospace Experience and Developments

  • Supply chain communication challenges in Authorisation;
  • End-user pros and cons of different Risk Management Options;
  • Product regulation and the implications on alternative development;
  • Aerospace experience of the Authorisation process;
  • Process improvements and industry developments.
Steve George, co-Chair REACH Working Group, ASD

09:40 - The development of the IAEG (International Aerospace Environmental Group)

  • Background to why IAEG was established;
  • Governance Structure;
  • Focus Areas;
  • Progress to date;
  • Possible future directions.
Christer Hellstrand, Chairman, IAEG


10:00 - Product Substance Management @ SIEMENS Healthcare

  • Introduction;
  • Benefits of a web based tool with central database; 
  • The BOMcheck Initiative;
  • The BOMcheck Tool;
  • Conclusion.
Johann Russinger, Director Global EH&S, Siemens Healthcare,

10:20 - Q&A Panel Discussion

10:30 - Refreshments



(1) Conflict Minerals

  • US conflict minerals law: implementation and practical experiences (Ms Wallerstedt);
  • EU responsible sourcing regulations: overview and expectations of industry impact (Ms Ratso);
  • Q&A.
Kirsten Wallerstedt, Senior Regulatory Analyst and Editor, Global Supply Chain Solutions, 3E Company and

Mrs Signe Ratso, Director, Trade Strategy and Analysis, Market Access Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission


(2)THE REACH BUS : Your Corporate (DU) REACH journey

  • B = Buy: Development and selection, legal and contracts, supply & purchasing;
  • U = Use: Product Management - Manufacturers, formulators & technical staff;
  • S =Sell: Senior executives, Marketing, Communication and PR, sales staff.
Penny Schuler, REACH Lead consultant Director, PAS Advisory Services Ltd

12:15 - LUNCH

- - - RETAIL SECTOR - - -

13:15 - How does a Multi-Product Retailer cope with Chemical Substance Management

Iain Brunning, Head of Quality and Regulation, Boots Brands and Exclusives


13:35 - Greenpeace Zero Discharge Campaign

  • Toxic Water pollution and Textile Industry;
  • History of the campaign;
  • Challenges of Elimination;
  • Supply Chain and Transparency;
  • The detox Catwalk;
  • Creating a toxic free future.

Pierre Terras, Toxic Water Campaigner, Greenpeace International


13:55 - Supply chain issues in the electronics sector

  • How the electronics sector is dealing with various RoHS and REACH (and other) legislation globally;
  • The (new) challenge with eco-labels and green public purchasing criteria (GPP);
  • Interaction with suppliers – specs, training & trust;
  • What to do in case of enforcement?;
  • Tools to use (or not?);
  • Is testing really necessary?;
  • Next hot topics: Conflict minerals, full material disclosure.
Markus Stutz, EMEA Environmental Affairs Manager, Dell

14:15 - Q&A Panel Discussion

14:30 - Refreshments



(1) EU Poison Centres

  • What do they want?;
  • How do they want it?;
  • Proposals for Article 45.4 of the CLP Regulation on the Harmonisation of Information to Poison Centres;
  • Practical advice and issues.
Maristella Rubbiani, ISS, Italy

Jonathan Gibbard, Principal Consultant, Ricardo-AEA

Daniel Haggarty, Development Manager, NCEC



(2) Understanding Downstream Impacts of Classification

  • Parallel regulation interaction;
  • Impacts in other sectors of industry;
  • Future developments.
Douglas Leech, Technical Director, Chemical Business Association


16:15 - Impacts on the Construction Industry

  • Materials on the Color Palette;
  • Challenges;
  • To receive accurate and transparent info from suppliers;
  • Example for product “history” and specifications;
  • Chemicals of concern;
  • Product declarations – useful tools for the information required.
Eva-Lena Carlén- Johansson, Manager Sustainability Projects, Skanska AB


16:35 - Material Compliance in the Automotive Industry - Tools and Challenges

  • Introduction into the material compliance tools & processes of the Automotive Industry;
  • Where are the strong & where the weak points?;
  • What are the challenges in regard to REACH & Co?;
  • What other challenges do we face, where tools cannot help?
Timo Unger, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Hyundai Motor Europe

16:55 - Q&A Panel Discussion

17:20 - End of Day Two

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Who is it for?

  • Heads of Regulatory Affairs/Regulatory Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Government Regulators
  • Product Stewardship and Supply Chain Managers
  • Risk Assessment Managers
  • Consultants and Industry Advisors
  • In-House Counsel

Workshop details

  • Timings:

    11 & 12 March 2014
  • Venue:

    Le Châtelain Boutique Hotel
    Rue du Châtelain 17
    1000 Brussels

    Tel: +32 2 646 00 55



Well organised.

Very well organised, great presentation and very informative content.
Glen House
Gougeon Brothers Inc.

Extremely clear.

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Peter Szakacs

Helped a lot.

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Gisela Carl
Evonik Industries


Informative, detailed, well-judged, clear.
Elena Nezlobina
Gazprom export

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Fernando Redondro
Reach Integra SL

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