Forum's Open Sessions

The Forum holds its open sessions once a year back-to-back with the last Forum meeting of the year. All ECHA Accredited Stakeholders (ASO) are invited to participate.

A call for interest and request to submit proposals for presentations is launched at the end of the summer each year.

The ASOs are invited to bring of issues they wish to highlight and discuss with the Forum.

The discussions are seen as beneficial for both sides as they served to clarify, in general terms, the NEA approaches and existing activities in Member States.


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The Forum's 2018 open session took place on 14 November 2018 in Brussels. For the first time, this open session was prepared jointly with the Forum Biocidal Products Regulation Subgroup (BRPS).

The open session was attended by 24 representatives of 17 accredited stakeholder organisation (ASO) and five representatives of the instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance Programme.

Six ASOs presented topics they considered relevant to their members, covering the enforcement issues related to REACH, CLP, PIC and Biocidal Product regulations. The ASOs brought to the Forum varied issues, from ways in which DUs address differences between exposure scenarios sent by suppliers to the management of tanks for biocidal Active Substances (see table below).

Opportunities for improvement of the quality of the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) were discussed during the open session. The Forum, in cooperation with various ASOs, established a joint Working Group (WG) to analyse the most common deficiencies found in SDSs and discuss ways in which stakeholder organisations can work on overcoming them. This WG will continue its work in 2019 and report in the next open session.

The participants were also briefed about the results of the enforcement projects finishing in 2018, such as the pilot project on the online sales, PIC and the REF-5 project on extended SDS and exposure scenarios focusing on duties related to flow of information in the supply chain. The latter two reports will be published by the end of 2018. The Forum also invited the ASOs to submit new proposals for its 2019 cycle of selecting enforcement projects.


Agenda item Title Speaker Presentation
3.2 Introduction of the Forum BPR Subgroup Eugen Anwander – BPRS Chair [PDF] [EN]
5.1.1 Discussion with the ASOs on opportunities for improvement of the quality of SDS - WG provisional findings Henrik Hedlund – SE Forum member [PDF] [EN]
5.1.2 Discussion with the ASOs on opportunities for improvement of the quality of SDS - Member State experience J Jos van den Berg – NL Forum member [PDF] [EN]
5.1.3 Discussion with the ASOs on opportunities for improvement of the quality of SDS - Stakeholder experience Erwin Annys - CEFIC [PDF] [EN]
5.2 WG mandate - Joint initiative ECHA Forum – ECHA ASOs on Improvement of the quality of SDSs - [PDF] [EN]
6.1.1 Management of ES information in SDS - Distributors’ consolidation methodology Giovanna Cozzupoli - European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC) [PDF] [EN]
6.1.2 Fecc good practice guidance: Storage tank management for Active Substances under BPR Marianne Lyngsaae - European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC) [PDF] [EN]
6.2 Enforcement issues at manufacturers of articles’ whilst no EU IT Infrastructure is in place for codification and distribution of SDSs Pascal Frou - Aerospace and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD) [PDF] [EN]
6.3 Regulatory Acceptance of Read-Across approach Costanza Rovida - ECOPA [PDF] [EN]
6.4.1 Learnings from the 2016 Forum pilot project on child-resistant fastenings and AISE safe use campaign Roberto Scazzola - International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.). [PDF] [EN]
6.4.2 Bridging principles and mixture classification under CLP and DetNet: challenges and opportunities Roberto Scazzola - International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.). [PDF] [EN]
6.4.3 Labelling of treated articles under BPR: case of detergents Elodie Cazelle - International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.). [PDF] [EN]
6.5 Urgent need for better market surveillance for textile and apparel products Mauro Scalia - EURATEX [PDF] [EN]
6.6.1 Improved collaboration between enforcement authorities and stakeholders Erwin Annys - CEFIC [PDF] [EN]
6.6.2 REACH Exposure Scenario Compliance Check: Industry experience and a proposal for a pragmatic approach Evelyn Tjoe Nij – Dow [PDF] [EN]
7 REACH implementation in the work place Nathan Kuper – SLIC-CHEMEX [PDF] [EN]
8.1 Update on the scope of REF projects Tasoula Kyprianidou-Leontidou – CY Forum member [PDF] [EN]
8.2 Forum’s finalised projects during 2018 Sinead McMickan – Forum Vice-Chair [PDF] [EN]
8.3 Cooperation with customs – upcoming pilot project Tasoula Kyprianidou-Leontidou – CY Forum member [PDF] [EN]
9 Conclusions and Action point of Open session   [PDF] [EN]