Plastics Regulations 2017 | event preview

Understanding REACH With the REACH 2018 deadline fast approaching, the conference will provide a well-timed opportunity to gain impartial and well-informed guidance focused specifi- cally on the needs of the plastics industry. The third session will focus on specific chemical restrictions and how polymers are treated within REACH and other relevant legislation. Lucas Bergkamp, a Partner at law firm Hunton & Williams, will look at how chemical restrictions may affect plastics companies. Hans Wendschlag, the EMEA Social & Environmental Program Manager for HP Inc in Sweden will present a methodology that has been used to assess flame retardants and phthalate replacements. Michael Penman, Managing Director at European product stewardship, scientific and regulatory service provider Penman Consulting, will speak about achieving compliance for polymers under REACH. The fourth session of the day will focus on compliance

and data-sharing. Laura Portugal, who is REACH Issue Manager within DUCC – Downstream Users of Chemicals Coordination Group (the platform of European associa- tions representing downstream industries), will discuss the critical importance of communication and its part in ensuring chemical safety within the supply chain as part of REACH compliance. Claudio Mereu, Joint Managing Partner at law firm Fieldfisher (Belgium), will then focus on the data sharing rules of REACH. The final session of the first day will explain the latest

developments with regard to REACH authorisation of substances of high concern and nanomaterials. Richard Dubourg, Director of the consultancy service The Economics Interface, will look at what REACH authori- sation has in store for SVHC users in the plastics industry. Dr Anna Gergely, Director of EHS Regulatory at law firm Steptoe & Johnson, will close the day with an update on the EU Regulation of Nanomaterials.

Recycling ideas The second day of the conference turns the focus away from REACH and onto plastics recycling. The day will be opened by Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of the EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance), an association of national recovery organisations. He will present an update on the new European legislation for plastics and plastic recycling.

Food in focus The second session will provide an overview of food contact legislation, another evolving area of regulation that has significant implications for For more information

Plastics Regulations 2017 will take place in Cologne in Germany on 28-29 March 2017. This high level international conference will provide delegates with the vital information needed to ensure compliance for their company with the latest regulations in areas ranging from chemicals (REACH), food contact, recycling, nanotechnology, biocides and inks. To find out more, to book a place, or to exhibit at the event, visit the conference website or contact Conference Organiser Jenny Skinner. Email:; Tel: +44 (0)117 314 8111.

Responding to new and future regulatory developments that will impact on the plastics supply chain including REACH and food-contact legislation

28 – 29 March 2017 Maritim Hotel,

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suppliers of polymers, additives, compounds and masterbatch, as well as for producers of food packaging and food processing equipment. The session will be opened by Dr Andreas Tschech, Director of WT Consulting, who will discuss the historical development of regulations dealing with food contact plastics. Then Dr Ioan Paraschiv, Regulatory Affairs Manager at consultants Knoell NL, will compare the different food contact regulatory regimes for those doing business across established and new global markets. Marcel Bosma, a Regulatory Expert at SABIC, will begin the third session of day two by presenting the polymer producer’s view on the assessment of NIAS (non-intentionally added substances) as a basis for value chain collaboration. He will be followed by Jasmin Bird from the Polycarbonate/BPA-group at PlasticsEurope, who will explain the safety evaluation and regulatory status of Bisphenol A in food contact applications (Bisphenol A was this year added to the REACH Candidate List as an SVHC). Testing for European food contact regulations - includ-

ing migration testing and NIAS – will be covered by David Eaves, an Intertek Regulatory Consultant at ITS Testing Services UK. And Rijo Jacob Robin, an Application Engineer at Superior Graphite Deutschland, will present a case study on compliance focused on thermally purified carbons for food contact.

Inks and biocides The final session of the conference will focus on the latest moves in some other key areas of legislation that have critical implications for the plastics industry, including printing inks and biocides. Dr Bernhard Fritz, European Product Manager at Sun Chemical, will discuss printing ink compliance while Maud Grunchard, OF Counsel at Fieldfisher, will give an insight into the regulatory updates impacting on the use of biocides in plastics.

Left: The conference will explain the latest regula- tory develop- ments in food contact plastics



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