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 Joint Forum-BPRS open session took place on 29 October 2020 as a virtual meeting.

The open session was attended by representatives of 40 accredited stakeholder organisations (ASOs) and five countries participating in the instrument for pre-accession assistance programme.

Seven ASOs presented topics they considered relevant to their members, covering various enforcement issues related to REACH, CLP and BPR regulations (see table below).

The Forum and BPRS discussed topics ranging from industry initiatives for fast tracking the supply of disinfectants, streamlining the classification of petroleum substances of unknown or variable composition (UVCBs), controls of online sales of products and enforcement of REACH duties to use animal testing as a last resort.

The participants were also briefed about the results of the Forum enforcement projects finalised in 2020, namely the REF-7 project on enforcement of REACH registration obligations after the last registration deadline, second pilot project on cooperation with customs, and the first major BPR enforcement project on treated articles (BEF-1). The customs project report was published in September, while reports for the other two projects are planned for publication towards the end of 2020. The Forum also invited the ASOs to submit their proposals for its 2021 cycle of selecting enforcement projects.

Agenda item Title Speaker Presentation
OS 2.1 Update on the scope of REF/BEF projects Oldrich Jarolim – CZ Forum member Eugen Anwander – AT Forum member, BPRS Chair [PDF] [EN]
OS 2.2

Results of projects to be finalised
during 2020

- Results of REF-7

- Pilot Project on Customs 2

- BEF-1


- Paul Cuypers – BE Forum member

- Maria Orphanou – CY Forum member

- Jenny Karlsson – SE BPRS member


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OS 3.1 Industry alliance for a better compliance (BPR) Irantzu Garmenia – European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) [PDF] [EN]
OS 3.2 Microplastics restriction: enforcement challenges and how to (help) solve them (REACH) Blanca Serrano Ramon – European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) [PDF] [EN]
OS 3.3 Mixture classification and concentration ranges in safety data sheets (REACH/CLP) Jan Robinson – Downstream Users of Chemicals Coordination Group (DUCC) / International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.) [PDF] [EN]
OS 3.4

Automotive Industry questions to the Forum (REACH, POPs)

- POPs Regulation and PFOA Amendment

- Formaldehyde Restriction

- SCIP (Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products)) - CAS numbers

- Safety data sheets (SDS)

European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA):
Timo Unger
Laurent Sarabando
Timo Unger
Stefan Riewerand
Anita Hillmer

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OS 3.5 Illegal consumer products sold on online marketplaces (REACH) Pelle Moos – European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) [PDF] [EN]
OS 3.6 Concawe’s approach to classification of petroleum UVCB substances Helena Niemela – Concawe [PDF] [EN]
OS 3.7 Upholding the principle of animal testing as a last resort under REACH (REACH) Marina Pereira - Humane Society International/Europe (HSI) [PDF] [EN]
OS 4 Conclusions and Action points of the Open session