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Seminar on 10 years of REACH Litigation

Welcome to Helsinki on Wednesday 24 May 2017 for our REACH Litigation Seminar on the occasion of REACH’s 10-year anniversary. This one-day seminar is organised jointly by ECHA and the Board of Appeal of ECHA.

The seminar will discuss the similarities and differences in the European Courts’ and the Board of Appeal’s work on REACH over the past 10 years, mainly from the angle of procedure and scope of review.

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required.



Registration of the participants


Welcome by ECHA


Opening speech of the seminar

Mr Marc Van der Woude, Vice-President of the General Court, Presentation


Coffee break


Litigation before the General Court and the Board of Appeal – similarities and differences

Chair: Mr Heikki Kanninen, President of Chamber at the General Court, Presentation


Mr Emmanuel Coulon, Registrar of the General Court, Presentation

Mr Vincent Navez, Executive Director of Legislation & Institutional Affairs, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Presentation

Ms Sari Haukka, Legally Qualified Member of ECHA Board of Appeal, Presentation

Mr William Broere, Senior Legal Adviser of ECHA, Presentation



Lunch break


Scope of review by the Courts and Board of Appeal

Chair: Mr Daniel Šváby, Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, Presentation


Mr Alfred Dittrich, Judge at the General Court, Presentation

Ms Mercedes Ortuño, Chairman of ECHA Board of Appeal, Presentation

Ms Minna Heikkilä, Head of Unit of Legal Affairs Unit of ECHA, Presentation



Coffee break


Impact of Court and Board of Appeal decisions on REACH and ECHA’s processes

Chair: Ms Sharon McGuinness, Chair of ECHA Management Board Presentation


Mr Jukka Malm, Deputy Executive Director of ECHA, Presentation

Dr Christian Meineke, Head of Unit of Fundamental Aspects and Law Division of Environmental Health, Chemical Safety Directorate of the Environment Ministry of Germany, Presentation

Mr Jan Wijmenga, Senior Advisor for chemical safety policy, Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment of The Netherlands, Presentation



Closure of the seminar

Mr Ken Mifsud-Bonnici, Member of the Legal Service at the European Commission , Presentation


Deadline to register to the Seminar has passed. If you missed the deadline but wish to participate, we kindly invite you to contact us directly at tenyearlitigation (at) We will come back to you as soon as possible upon the availabilities of place.

If you have registered on time but cannot participate, we kindly invite you to inform us so that we can allocate your place to another interested person. Thank you very much.

Target audience

The event is open to interested public, and in particular lawyers familiar with REACH matters, litigation before the European Courts and Boards of Appeal.


The language of the seminar is English.

Travel and accommodation, lunch

Participants will need to cover the cost of their own travel, accommodation and subsistence. There are several restaurants nearby. It is also possible to have lunch in ECHA’s staff canteen but places are limited.


European Chemicals Agency (entrance from the inner yard):

Annankatu 18
00120 Helsinki

Security, data protection

Please arrive well in advance. Identity cards and confirmation of registration will be checked at the entrance.

ECHA will ensure that the personal data of participants is processed as required by the Regulation (EC) No 45/2001. The list of participants (first name, last name, organisation, country) may be distributed to the other participants and/or upon request. Photographs may also be taken to be used for external communication purposes. You have the right to access and rectify that data.
To exercise these rights, please contact tenyearlitigation (at) 

Contact email

For specific questions, contact: tenyearlitigation (at)


ECHA has published a selection of photos taken in the event.

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