Shropshire, UK -- iSmithers has announced the programme for its next conference on the EU's REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), and says the agenda is designed to provide help on handling this complex legislation in hard times.
This fifth iSmithers REACH conference, planned for Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 24-25 June, will look at the current status of the regulation and at developments from the European Chemicals Agency. Dr Derek Knight, senior scientific advisor to the executive director at ECHA, will open the conference.His keynote paper will discuss risk assessment under REACH, setting the tone for the conference and giving delegates the opportunity to discuss their concerns and provide valuable feedback to ECHA.
Other presentations will cover management of consortia and SIEFs (Substance Information Exchange Forums) with case studies from Caleb Management Services, among others, giving practical advice on managing such groups in an economic downturn.
iSmithers said the pooling of test data within SIEFs has raised questions over the rules on cost-sharing, the implications of "no data, no market" and the appropriate use of 'Only Representatives' - all of which will be discussed in depth at the conference.
"While pre-registration was branded 'free and simple', everyone is bracing themselves for the challenge of meeting the first registration deadline in 2010. Many practical aspects must still be resolved in order to ensure the completion of dossiers containing confidential information on product chemistry, quantity and use", said Dr Steffen Erler, director of REACH Services at Smithers Rapra.
Chemical manufacturers trying to meet REACH will face challenges in getting through bottlenecks at the contract research organisations who are likely to handle such work and need to plan well in advance for such work, as speakers will discuss.
REACH will also be related to wider industry legislation across the world and within Europe. Also, the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) present the next step of its SIN (substitute it now) list.
To finish off, Colgate-Palmolive, Ciba Expert Services and Computer Sciences Corp. will discuss communication in the chemical supply chain.
iSmithers is the information group of UK-based SmithersRapra, both part of US-based Smithers Group. More details on its conferences can be seen at www.polymerconferences.com