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Conference welcomeLeigh StringerManaging Editor, Chemical Watch, UK
- Session one: Regulatory updates from Europe
The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and main initiatives relating to the electronics sector
Harry WildLead Chemicals Analyst, Sphera BOMcheck
- Background and main aims of the CSS;
- Key actions that will affect the electronics industry; and
- Approach taken by leading electronics companies to reduce non-essential substances.
Updates on EU RoHS: the RoHS general review
Steven AndrewsSubject Matter Expert, Environmental Stewardship and Policy, Assent
- The original RoHS directive came into force in July 2006, with a major revision taking effect from January 2013;
- The process to introduce a third version is now fully underway - with a Call for Evidence and a major stakeholder consultation already completed this year; and
- Hear an overview of progress to date and find out the latest developments & timelines.
RoHS and REACH issues at the borderlineRuxandra CanaPartner, Steptoe and Johnson
Claudio MereuJoint Managing Partner, Head of EU Regulatory, Competition & Trade, Fieldfisher LLP, Belgium
- The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) and the revision of REACH;
- Restriction vs authorisation;
- Essential use;
- Generic approach to risk management (‘GMA’); and
- Considerations for the electronics sector.
SCIP database updates
Michaela SimjakovaRegulatory Assistant, European Chemicals Agency
- Background on SCIP database and its major milestones;
- Current status of SCIP; and
- Insights into the dissemination of SCIP data.
Lunch break for 60 minutes
Chemical Watch platform demonstration
Welcome backLeigh StringerManaging Editor, Chemical Watch, UK
- Session two: E-waste and EEE
EEE and sustainability obligations beyond chemical policy
Kamelija MilosevSubject Matter Expert - Chemicals, Enhesa
- Introduction to EU sustainable product policy;
- Current EEE product sustainability "obligations"; and
- EEE product sustainability obligations in the future
The work of the WEEE Forum
The WEEE Forum is the world’s biggest association of e-waste producer responsibility organisations. The forty-six PROs collected more than 3 million tonnes of e-waste last year. The WEEE Forum’s mission is to tackle the worldwide societal challenge of electronic waste.Pascal LeroyDirector General, WEEE Forum
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) recycling from e-waste plastics into new products
Jitka StrakovaGlobal Researcher, IPEN/Arnika
- Product testing in 19 European countries showed items on sale in Europe contained flame retardant chemicals, which are found in electronic waste and are restricted on health and environmental grounds; and
- Civil society organisations under the Arnika and IPEN lead calls for closure of the loophole in EU and international legislation that allows products made from recycled waste to contain these contaminants.
Joined byJindrich PetrlikProgramme Director, Arnika
- Session three: Electronics components and substance specific issues
Key challenges for electronic components
Randy FlindersCompliance Specialist, GreenSoft Technology, United States
- A review of unique challenges facing component manufacturers as a result of their position in the supply chain;
- How the latest trend of prioritising environmental concerns is impacting component providers ability to respond to supply chain requests; and
- Some ideas for component producers who are seeking to develop a robust environmental compliance validation process.
PFAS updates for the electronics sector
Jonatan KleimarkSenior Chemicals and Business Advisor, ChemSec
- Why PFAS? There is an increased focus on removing PFAS from everyday products, both from legislators and consumers, and this will have tremendous effect on the electronics industry;
- Where is PFAS? How can companies identify uses of PFAS, the first step towards phasing out, and where can they get the support they need?; and
- Instead of PFAS? Where are the alternatives, for which uses, and where is it a lack of alternatives?
REACH authorisation for lead metal and future risk management consequences
Lisa AllenSenior Regulatory Affairs Manager, International Lead Association (ILA)
- Business and supply chain impacts in the event of REACH authorisation listing;
- Regulatory concerns and overlaps; and
- Timeline, actions, next steps
The future of risk management and the influence of the Pb metal case
Hugo WaeterschootChemicals Management Advisor, Eurometaux, Belgium
- The Pb metal case provides a good example to reflect on appropriate and efficient risk management;
- The present risk management scheme on Pb focusses on restrictions and OEL setting and is effective;
- Authorisation seems for Pb more a policy aim given substitution pressure is there since decades;
- In the future under the new REACH we expect:
- more emphasis on prioritisation what matters;
- use of risk based restrictions when EU wide risk management is needed;
- complemented by some generic risk approach cases for remaining consumer cases for specific health/environmental endpoints; and
- (more) efficiency and effectiveness should drive risk management in the future embedded in a sustainability view for the substance or technology of concern.
Increase in restrictions on Li
Francesco GattiglioDirector External Affairs, EU, Albemarle
- The risk assessment committee of ECHA proposed in 2021 a 1A classification reprotox for lithium chloride, carbonate and hydroxide, despite weak evidence;
- If approved, the classification will have serious implications for the development of a European lithium and battery value chain, particularly for strategic autonomy and green deal objectives; and
- The presentation will focus on recent developments in the classification process and possible socio-economic impacts.
Sander KroonDirector Advocacy Europe, ICL-Industrial Products (IP)
- The importance of fire safety & use of flame retardants in electronics;
- Defective or non-standard EEE contribute to increased fire risk;
- Brominated flame retardants (BFR) & recycling of WEEE plastics in Europe; and
- How BFRs provide important solutions for a circular economy.
Close of day one