Global Business Summit 2017

The Global Business Summit 2017 is a unique three-day event with a sharp focus on the business aspects of chemicals regulations across the globe. Taking place in Amsterdam from 20-22 March 2017, the Summit will provide you with expert insights to help you develop strategies to meet the business challenges posed by today’s complex and evolving regulatory environment.

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Day one of the Summit focuses on the rise of global chemicals regulations and their impact on business. The day starts with a keynote presentation from Achim Halpaap of UNEP which considers how we are moving forwards on sound management of chemicals globally. The expert speakers will then look at some new areas of regulation including those from Canada, Brazil, the EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals, the USA, Korea, South Africa and Turkey.

Following this, Session 2 looks at Innovation and REACH and includes speakers from the EU Commission, ECHA, and CEFIC. The afternoon finishes with a panel session considering whether we are on course to meet our chemicals management goals or we need a step change.

Session on day two will take a closer look at supply chain issues. Following a keynote address from Frank Michel, Executive Director of ZDHC, the day focuses on different industry sectors and their specific supply chain issues. Sectors to be included:

  • Electronics
  • Aerospace
  • Food contact
  • Cosmetics
  • Construction and building products
  • Textiles
  • Retail
  • Children’s products

This presentations will also look at some cross-sectoral issues including the implications of Brexit for downstream companies, supply chain communication tools, conflict mineral regulation, upstream authorisation applications, nano regulation and implications of the recent ECJ ruling on the definition of an article under Reach.

Day three starts with a look at safer chemicals and the regulatory and voluntary drivers. This includes safer chemicals under REACH, the USA and California. The expert panel will then move on to consider the different tools and approaches to safer chemicals. This session includes case studies from innovation projects. The final session of the Summit focuses on substitution and substance awareness.

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20-22 March 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, Stadhouderskade 12, 1054 ES

bullet-arrows.pngSpeakers include:

  • Achim Halpaap, Head, Chemicals and Waste Branch, UNEP, Switzerland
  • Amardeep Khosla, Executive director, Industry Coordinating Group for Cepa (ICG), Canada
  • Letícia Reis de Carvalho, Director of Environmental Quality in Industry, Brazil Ministry of the Environment
  • Herb Estreicher, Partner Keller and Heckman LLP, USA
  • Melih Babayigit, General Manager, CRAD, Turkey
  • Deidre Penfold, Executive Director, Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association, South Africa
  • Bjorn Hansen, Head of Unit: Chemicals, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Catherine Cornu, Senior Scientific Officer, European Chemicals Agency, Finland
  • Lorraine Francourt, Global Product Safety & Compliance, The Dow Chemical Company, Switzerland
  • Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC Programme, The Netherlands
  • Susanne Baker, Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance, TechUK, UK
  • Stephane Content, Manager Product Stewardship, Cefic, Belgium
  • Julian Lageard, Director Government & Policy Group EMEA, Intel Corporation SA, Belgium
  • Erwin Annys, Director -Reach/Chemicals Policy, Cefic, Belgium
  • Elena Vyboldina, Director, International Trade and Economy, Eurometaux, Belgium
  • Kirsten Kück, Sustainability Manager, Aurubis, Germany
  • Steve George, Chair of REACH Working Group, Aerospace and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD), UK
  • David Carlander,Director Regulatory Affairs, Nanotechnology Industries Association, Belgium
  • Aline Weber, Director Regulatory Affairs, Cosmed: the French Cosmetic Association for SMEs, France
  • Sussi Wetterlin, CEO BASTA online, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden
  • Viktor Riesendahl, Environmental Specialist Nordic, Tarkett SA, Sweden
  • Anouschka Jansen, Senior Manager Environmental Programmes, Foreign Trade Association (FTA), Belgium
  • Yannick Vicaire, Campaign Strategist, Greenpeace e.V., France
  • Andrea Franchi, Chemical Department Manager, BuzziLab – Buzzi Laboratorio Analisi, Italy
  • Paul Ellis, Head of Sustainable Chemicals Management, Kingfisher plc, UK
  • Adriaan van der Lely, Chemical Compliance Manager, Bugaboo International BV, The Netherlands
  • Axel Singhofen, Adviser on Health and Environment Policy, Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, France
  • Joel Tickner, Director, Green Chemistry & Commerce Council, USA
  • Matti Vainio, Head of Unit, Risk Management Implementation, ECHA, Finland
  • Linda-Jean Cockcroft, Technical Director (Business, Industry & Growth), Risk & Policy Analysts, UK
  • Maureen F. Gorsen, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP, USA
  • Timo Unger, Manager Environmental Affairs, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center, Germany
  • Rein Nieland, Policy Officer, DG Trade, EU Commission, Belgium
  • Mark Rossi, Executive Director, Clean Production Action, USA
  • Ludwig Goris, Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners, Belgium
  • Scott Echols, Technical Director, ZDHC Foundation, USA
  • Sonja Jost, CEO, DexLeChem, Germany
  • Jens Haugaard, Director, Haugaard Management, Denmark
  • Rainer Otter, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs/Advocacy, BASF SE – Industrial Petrochemicals Europe, Germany
  • Anna Lennquist, Senior Toxicologist, Chemsec, Sweden
  • Ulrike Kallee, Senior Toxics Campaigner, BUND e.V., Germany

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Day One - 20 March

09:00 Registration
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09:30 Keynote address: How we are moving forwards on sound
management of chemicals globally

  • The journey towards the 2020 goal and beyond
  • How safe chemicals contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

Achim Halpaap

Head, Chemicals and Waste Branch, UNEP, Switzerland

Session 1: The rise of global chemicals regulations and their impact on business

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09:55 Canada - the third phase of Chemicals Management Plan (CMP3) and other developments

  • Roles of risk and priority-setting in our legislation
  • Consideration given to the inventories
  • Assessments or regulatory actions of other countries
  • Linkages to OECD and other internationally accepted methods
  • Information-flow through the supply chain

Amardeep Khosla

Executive director, Industry Coordinating Group for Cepa (ICG), Canada

10:20 Brazilian Chemicals Legislation: register, risk assessment and management

  • Overview on the draft legislation
  • Status of the public consultation and the amended draft legislation
  • Next steps and pathway for its approval
  • Global relevance

Letícia Reis de Carvalho

Director of Environmental Quality in Industry, Brazil Ministry of the Environment

10:45 Q&A

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11:00 Refreshments

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11:30 EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals

  • New EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals
  • Mandatory due diligence for EU importers
  • Product scope  and entry into application
  • Recognition of industry due diligence schemes
  • EU list of responsible smelters and refiners

Rein Nieland

Policy Officer, Market Access and Raw Materials, DG Trade, EU Commission, Belgium

11:55 Comparison between EU REACH and the amended TSCA

Similarities and differences of the two regulatory regimes with respect to:

  • New chemicals,
  • Evaluation of existing chemicals,
  • Data requirements, data sharing, and
  • Protection of confidentiality
  • Global relevance

Herb Estreicher

Partner Keller and Heckman LLP, USA

12:20 K-REACH: A moving target?

  • Proposed changes to K-REACH: status and impact
  • Towards the 2018 registration of priority chemicals: pitfalls and challenges
  • Data sharing and use of EU dossiers for purposes of K-REACH registration
  • Practical advice to data owners

Jean-Philippe Montfort

Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, Belgium

12:45 Q&A

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13:00 Lunch & Networking

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14:00 Chemical Control Legislation in Turkey - Now &  Near Future KKDIK

  • Existing chemicals regulations and their enforcement
  • Near future- KKDIK
  • Comparison with EU regulatory regimes, REACH, CLP, POP, etc
  • Thoughts on progress towards harmonisation

Melih Babayigit

General Manager, CRAD, Turkey

14:25 South African chemicals management

  • Service study
  • Overview of GHS for Africa
  • Global relevance

Deidre Penfold

Executive Director, Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association, South Africa

14:50 Q&A
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15:10 Refreshments
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Session 2: Innovation and REACH

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15:35 The Non Toxic Environment and Strategy for 2018

Bjorn Hansen

Head of Unit: Chemicals, DG Environment, European Commission

16:00 REACH 2018 registration deadline

  • The 2018 registration deadline for substances in volumes from 1 to 100 tonnes per year: how to get prepared, important changes, progress of the registrations and outlook
  • ECHA regulatory strategy and further actions on registrations
  • Measuring innovation under REACH

Catherine Cornu

Senior Scientific Officer, European Chemicals Agency, Finland

16:25 REACH review 2017

  • Impact assessment
  • Ongoing re-fit assessments of other chemicals regulations
  • Nano
  • Groupings of substances

Erwin Annys

Director - Reach/Chemicals Policy, Cefic, Belgium

16:50 Global Chemicals Management – Why your current strategy is not good enough

  • Social and economic changes impacting global businesses are many
  • How will trade agreements and regulations develop?
  • What new technologies will win?
  • What about Circular Economy and other new approaches?
  • Why you need to take a fresh look at your strategy and how to do it

Lorraine Francourt

Global Product Safety & Compliance, The Dow Chemical Company, Switzerland

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17:15 Panel session: Are we on course to meet our chemicals management goals or do we need a step change?
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18:00 End of day one
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Day Two - 21 March

08:30 Registration
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Chair: Paul Ashford

Managing Director, Anthesis-Caleb, UK

09:00 Keynote address: The need for a global sustainability programme for chemicals

Frank Michel

Executive Director, ZDHC Programme, The Netherlands

Session 3: Industry sectors and supply chains issues

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09:20 Brexit: Emerging views on chemical regulation in the UK

  • The latest on UK discussions re the future of chemical regulation
  • The views from downstream users of chemicals
  • Outstanding concerns and issues

Susanne Baker

Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance, TechUK, UK

09:45 Challenges for communication in the value chain

  • Result survey value chain
  • ICCA electronic workshop
  • Validation concepts in key regions and for key sectors

Stephane Content

Manager Product Stewardship, Cefic, Belgium

10:10 The key issues and solutions in the electronics sector

  • How Intel manages corporate responsibility
  • Supply chain challenges: responsible sourcing of minerals
  • The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals

Julian Lageard

Director Government & Policy Group EMEA, Intel Corporation SA, Belgium

10:35 Q&A
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10:50 Refreshments
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11:20 Conflict Minerals: An overview and case study

Conflict Minerals Regulation: Metals producers’ perspective

  • No need to re-invent the wheel: Existing Industry initiatives: the basis for EU’s regulation
  • Need for a global playing field
  • Need for full supply chain commitment
  • Feasibility and implementation issues
  • The EU Initiative should focus on the situation on the ground

Company case study: Aurubis, Belgium

Elena Vyboldina

Director, International Trade and Economy, Eurometaux, Belgium

Kirsten Kück

Sustainability Manager, Aurubis, Germany

11:50 Aerospace - the difficulties and necessity of upstream authorisation applications

  • The issues that have emerged as a consequence of REACH authorisation applications
  • Experience and lessons from recent cases
  • Why upstream authorisation applications are important
  • Suggestions for the way forward

Steve George

Chair of REACH Working Group, Aerospace and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD), UK

12:15 Impact of nano-regulation through the supply chain: from safety data sheets to labelling and food contact case study

  • Compliance with the nano definition
  • Food and food contact material labelling
  • Nano-assessment under the Biocidal Product Regulation

David Carlander

Director Regulatory Affairs, Nanotechnology Industries Association, Belgium

12:45 State of play in the cosmetics supply chain: ingredients’ regulatory upcoming challenges

  • Balance between efficacy and safety
  • REACH, endocrine disruptor, nano, CMR
  • Continuous evolution requires monitoring of impact on ingredients
  • To be addressed upstream, in order to optimize time to market & avoid unnecessary burdens

Aline Weber

Director Regulatory Affairs, Cosmed: the French Cosmetic Association for SMEs, France

13:10 Q&A
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13:25 Lunch & Networking
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14:25 BASTA online AB for building and construction projects

  • The story behind BASTA, the development of a system with the purpose of phasing out substances of high concern from building and construction products.
  • Voluntary commitment by the construction sector – incentives for efficient documentation and information flow in the supply chain

Company case study

Sussi Wetterlin

CEO BASTA online, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Sweden

Viktor Riesendahl

Environmental Specialist Nordic, Tarkett SA, Sweden

14:55 The textile supply chain and CMRs

  • The challenge to cope with changing and complex requirements for companies

Anouschka Jansen

Senior Manager Environmental Programmes, Foreign Trade Association (FTA), Belgium

15:20 Detox My Fashion – pushing the boundaries of corporate responsibility and chemical management in the textile sector


Detox My Fashion, achievements and challenges

  • Detox My Fashion – fundamentals of our campaign
  • Detox Catwalk assessment: from brands’ commitment to implementation
  • Next challenge: closing and slowing the loop
  • Prato textile district and the Italian Detox revolution


Detox in motion in Prato, case-study on dyes and MRSL

  • First time in-depth chemical analysis on dyestuffs
  • Four priority groups were analysed (APEOS, aromatic
  • amines, phthalates and chlorophenols)
  • 31% of dyestuffs in compliance with Prato Detox MRSL
  • Future developments: analysis of other dyestuffs, analysis of other priority groups

Yannick Vicaire

Campaign Strategist, Greenpeace e.V., France

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Andrea Franchi

Chemical Department Manager, BuzziLab – Buzzi Laboratorio Analisi, Italy

16:00 Q&A
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16:15 Refreshments
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16:45 Policy development by Kingfisher in the context of the recent ECJ ruling

  • Introduction to the ECJ ruling on SVHCs in articles
  • How Kingfisher are adapting to the new ruling
  • The difficulties of the component level approach for retailers and importers
  • Striking the right balance in Kingfisher's policy development - too little / too much?
  • Importance of working with external partners and bringing in expertise on REACH

Paul Ellis

Head of Sustainable Chemicals Management, Kingfisher plc, UK

Graham Pattle

Information Scientist, The REACH Centre, UK,

17:15 Children’s products

  • Developing an RSL based on evolving regulations and growing public concern over hazardous substances
  • Challenges in creating a comprehensive hazardous substance evaluation and testing policy
  • Supplier accountability and testing and ensuring traceability to incoming parts and outgoing products

Adriaan van der Lely

Chemical Compliance Manager, Bugaboo International BV, The Netherlands

17:40 Q&A
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17:55 End of day two
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Day Three - 22 March

Session 4: Safer chemicals - Regulatory and voluntary drivers
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Chair: Joel Tickner

Director, Green Chemistry & Commerce Council, USA

08:20 Keynote: Political and regulatory drivers for safer chemicals

Axel Singhofen

Adviser on Health and Environment Policy, Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, France

08:40 Keynote: Voluntary drivers for safer chemicals

Joel Tickner

Director, Green Chemistry & Commerce Council, USA

09:00 Alternatives assessment and use of safer chemicals under REACH

  • REACH promotes the use of safer chemicals through different means
  • It requires a meaningful alternatives assessment in restriction and applications for authorisation
  • Cost-effective substitution for safer chemicals is a goal for many
  • What can we do in the EU to carry out more meaningful alternatives assessments and consequent substitution?
  • What are ECHA’s thoughts?

Matti Vainio

Head of Unit, Risk Management Implementation, ECHA, Finland

09:25 Sustainability and substitution in a corporate context

  • Update on corporate focus on sustainability
  • Substitution in the context of sustainability
  • Sustainable substitution: avoiding regrettable substitution
  • CSR and sustainability reportingin the chemicals sector

Linda-Jean Cockcroft

Technical Director (Business, Industry & Growth), Risk & Policy Analysts, UK

09:50 Trends in US and California Regulation of Chemicals and Safer Consumer Products: What’s new in 2017?

  • California’s New Priority Products
  • Children’s products
    • Flame retardants
    • Potential aquatic impacts and continued uses of nonylphenol ethoxylates and Triclosan;
    • Nail salon products and chemicals; and
    • Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, and their care and treatment products
  • California’s new Prop 65 warning label requirements
  • California VOC regulations
  • Biomonitoring
  • TSCA implementation

Maureen F. Gorsen

Partner, Alston & Bird LLP, USA

10:15 The challenge of avoiding regrettable substitutions

  • Drivers for unsustainable material selections
  • Challenges of sustainable management decisions
  • Visions of a more sustainable approach
  • Concrete actions of the EU automotive industry

Timo Unger

Manager Environmental Affairs, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center, Germany

10:40 Q&A
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10:55 Refreshments
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Session 5: Safer chemicals - tools and approaches
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11:20 Chemical Footprinting: demonstrating progress to safer chemicals with quantitative metrics

  • What is chemical footprinting?
  • Who is interested in chemical footprinting?
  • How companies are measuring and reporting their chemical footprint?

Mark Rossi

Executive Director, Clean Production Action, USA

Case studies: How companies are using green/sustainable chemistry


11:45 1) ZDHC Innovation projects

  • Chemical Gateway
  • Advantages of input chemistry
  • The management of chemical inventories to drive more sustainable chemistry in the textile and footwear value- chain
Scott Echols

Technical Director, ZDHC Foundation, USA

12:10 2) How water as solvent in pharmaceutical and fine chemical production lowers manufacturing costs as well as the environmental impact

  • Industrial application possibilities
  • Advantages of using water as solvent (e.g. re-use opportunities of indispensable expensive resources as noble metal catalysts)
  • The challenge of a ‘paradigm shift’ in industry
  • Regulation or communication barriers? How information asymmetry hinders industrial implementations

Sonja Jost

CEO, DexLeChem GmbH, Germany

12:35 The role of venture capital in turning the chemical value chain fully sustainable

  • How to merge venture capital returns with the corporate development of early to mid-stage chemical ventures
  • Lessons learned from +10 years of investing in the chemical and bio-chemical sectors
  • What to look out for in the next wave of VC investing in the chemical space

Ludwig Goris

Investment Manager, Capricorn Venture Partners, Belgium

13:00 Q&A
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13:15 Lunch & Networking
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Session 6: Substitution and substance awareness
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14:15 Brominated flame retardants and substitutions and a case study with technical and business related aspects

  • Danish EPA approach (including political context):
  • Signal: List of Undesirable Substances (LOUS)
  • Support: Overview of the Danish Eco-Innovation
    Program (MUDP) and the Kemi i Kredsløb partnership
  • Strategy for regulation and implementation: Danish strategy on brominated flame retardants (focus on the alternatives assessment area)

Case study

  • Alternative, environmentally friendly brominated flame retardants
  • Use in polystyrene based isolation (which will ensure a lower environmental impact during both manufacture, use and disposal and furthermore, will reduce evaporation from brominated compounds for the end consumer)

Jesper Gruvmark

Chemical Engineer, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Denmark

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Jens Haugaard

Director, Haugaard Management, Denmark

14:45 Case Study – Substitution of Phthalates by Alternative Plasticizers

  • Phthalates under scrutiny - why?
  • The facts - toxicological structure activity relationship
  • Regulatory measures - status overview
  • Specific applications (toys, food contact, medical devices)
  • Substitution process
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Rainer Otter

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs/Advocacy, BASF SE – Industrial Petrochemicals Europe, Germany

15:10 Q&A
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15:25 Refreshments
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15:40 ChemSec Marketplace – the online resource for alternatives to hazardous chemicals

  • ChemSec’s new online, interactive marketplace for alternatives to hazardous chemicals
  • To connect companies and make alternatives visible to promote substitution
  • Demonstration and first examples

Anna Lennquist

Senior Toxicologist, Chemsec, Sweden

16:05 How to identify hazardous chemicals in consumer products – BUND’s ToxFox App

  • Hazardous chemicals: a problem for health and environment
  • Hazardous chemicals in products
  • Consumer awareness of hazardous chemicals in products
  • BUND’s ToxFox App and Database

Ulrike Kallee

Senior Toxics Campaigner, BUND e.V., Germany

16:30 Q&A
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16:45 Close of conference
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