2019 conference highlights

This year’s Chemicals Management for Electronics and Electricals USA conference took place on 17-18 September, in Boston, MA. It provided over 80 professionals with the latest information and advice on chemical restrictions in electronics and electricals, covering regulations and standards from North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The two-day conference welcomed a panel of 25 carefully-selected experts from leading organisations including United Nations Environment Programme, Compliance Assurance for Responsible Enterprise, Design Chain Associates, Northwest Green Chemistry, ECHA and HP.

Key topics that were covered include:

  • The REACH Candidate List database
  • Updates to EU RoHS
  • Enforcement actions for RoHS, REACH and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants)
  • REACH SVHC article analysis of electronic components
  • EU circular economy initiatives and electronics
  • Chemical regulations and market-based sustainability initiatives in the high-tech manufacturing sector
  • Conflict mineral and process chemical tracking
  • Proposition 65 and electronics
  • e-Waste in the US and Canada
  • The prohibition of certain toxic substances regulations in Canada:
  • IEC TC 111
  • The end of plastics in electronics
  • Supply chain issues including manufacturers of complex components
  • Supply chain management for the circular economy

View the full 2019 programme

Key speakers:

Achim Halpaap
Keller and Heckman, USA

Sanaa Chakibi
Senior EHS Regulatory Consultant, Compliance Assurance for Responsible Enterprise

Bo Balduyck
Project Manager, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Lauren Heine
Senior Science Advisor, Northwest Green Chemistry

Michael Kirschner
President, Design Chain Associates

Nidia Mariana Calvo Mendez
Americas Chemical Regulatory Affairs and TSCA Global Program Manager, HP

View all speakers here



‘The range of topics covered is amazing and informative, extremely helpful content and speakers.’ – Deepa Tallamraju, Hologic 

‘Diverse and good speakers, thoughtful and courteous audience, and nice venue.’ – Lauren Heine, Materialwise

‘My favourite event!’ – Randy Flinders, GreenSoft Technology

‘Excellent organisation and speakers, including folks from government and organisations.  There was also, a nice mix of existing compliance issues, emerging issues, and more visionary topics and ideas.’ – Laura M. Duncan, Product Law Group


News articles from the conference:

Echa SVHC database is ‘tip of the iceberg’
Industry obligations to populate Echa’s substances of very high concern (SVHCs) database are "just the beginning" of a trend in requiring detailed information on chemicals in products and waste in the EU, delegates heard at Chemical Watch’s electronics conference in Boston, Massachusetts this week. Read the full article here

US EPA calls on electronics sector for TBBP-A use information
The US EPA is calling on electronic and electrical companies to provide information on the uses of the brominated flame retardant, TBBP-A. Read the full article here


Chemicals Management for Electronics and Electricals 2019, 16-17 September, Boston, USA

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Future events from Chemical Watch

Please take a look at our upcoming events for the rest of the year which you may also be interested in:

  • Food Contact Regulations Europe 2020
    11-12 February, Brussels – Register here
  • Understanding the Content of SDSs/eSDSs
    3-4 March, London – Register here
  • Global Business Summit Europe 2020
    25-27 March, Amsterdam – Register here

For our full listing of upcoming events, including conferences, training courses, webinars and eLearning courses have a look at our dedicated events website