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  1. Coffee and registration

  2. Welcome and introduction

    Charmaine Russell Charmaine Russell
    Head of Content (Events), Chemical Watch Events & Training, By Enhesa
    Richard Bishop Richard Bishop
    Operations Director & Principal Consultant, TSG Consulting
  3. KEYNOTE: How does society want substances of concern and products managed and what is it ready to substitute – using the example of PFAS?

    Ian Cousins Ian Cousins
    Professor, Stockholm University
  5. The definition of substances of concern (SoCs) under the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) and its links with the chemicals strategy for sustainability and other legislation

    • The Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) in the context of the EU chemicals strategy for sustainability 
    • Definition of 'substances of concern' under ESPR 
    • Twofold approach: Information requirements and performance requirements 
    • Expected timeline for legislative measures under ESPR and possibilities for stakeholder engagement 
    Wojtek Sitarz Wojtek Sitarz
    Policy Officer, European Commission
    Aleksandra Małyska Aleksandra Małyska
    Policy Officer, European Commission
  6. Q&A

  7. Refreshment break

  9. Study of substitution planning of hazardous substances

    • The wider objectives of the project 
    • The current study 
    Laia Perez Simbor Laia Perez Simbor
    Policy Officer, DG Grow, European Commission
  10. Brief individual Q&A

  11. TURI’s approach to enabling the adoption safer solution

    • History 
    • Funding and institutional arrangements  
    • Methodology   
    • Results and lessons learned   


    Baskut Tuncak Baskut Tuncak
    Director, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, TURI
  12. When is a chemical a viable alternative across different uses?

    • As defined in REACH 
    • With further clarity provided by the Commission and the European Court 
    • Is it the same for all uses whether complex or simple, highly regulated or not? 
    • Is further work needed to help define a viable alternative? 
    Jan Ahlskog Jan Ahlskog
    Senior Director, Fipra
  13. Q&A

  14. Lunch and Networking

  16. European Commission updates

    Cristina de Avila Cristina de Avila
    Head of Unit, Sustainable Chemicals, DG Environment, European Commission
  17. ECHA updates

    • ECHA’s new 5-year strategic plan 
    • The agency’s growing responsibilities (batteries, RoHS, microplastics) 
    • Update of integrated regulatory strategy 
    Peter Van Der Zandt Peter Van Der Zandt
    Director Risk Management, ECHA
  18. CLP revision – changes and impacts for a consumer/professional products sector

    • Process and key changes in the pending revision of CLP 
    • Impacts of the new provisions for detergents and maintenance products 
    Jan Robinson Jan Robinson
    Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Director, International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, A.I.S.E.
  19. Q&A

  20. Refreshment break

  22. EU chemicals legislation in a global context

    • The recently adopted Global Framework on Chemicals: vision of a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste  
    • A unique multi-stakeholder and multisectoral approach 
    • Focus on building chemicals and waste management capacities in all countries to catalyse a transformational shift towards sustainable chemistry in a life-cycle approach 
    Jürgen Helbig Jürgen Helbig
    Team Leader International Chemicals Policy, DG Environment, European Commission
  23. Sustainable finance policies – taxonomy, CSRD and how they affect the chemical industry

    • The aims and chemical details of the new classification system for sustainable economic activities – the EU taxonomy  
    • Corporate Sustainable Reporting Directive and its mandatory disclosing information on substances of concern 
    • Increased transparency and shortcomings – what do investors need to know? 
    Sonja Haider Sonja Haider
    Senior Business and Investors Advisor, ChemSec
  24. Mastering chemicals management amid regulatory onslaught

    • Lack of knowledge and understanding of the chemicals contained in products is the main obstacle for downstream users to ensure compliance 
    • Traceability of chemicals, as foreseen in the new ecodesign regulation, will put chemicals management back on track 
    Julian Schenten Julian Schenten
    Senior Law and Policy Advisor, ClientEarth
  25. Q&A

  26. Networking drinks reception

    Join us for relaxed networking, drinks and appetisers with our speakers and attendees.  

  27. Close of day one

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