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Stock-taking conference on the implementation of REACH authorisation

The purpose of the conference was to take stock of the evolution and achievements of the authorisation process in terms of the progression of substitution, proper control of risks and cost-effectiveness.

The conference helped to further increase confidence and understanding of the application for authorisation process over the years to come. The conference was a follow-up to the Workshop on Streamlining applications for authorisation held in Brussels on 17 November 2015 and the 'Lessons Learned' conference on applications for authorisation held in Helsinki on 10-11 February 2015.

Date and venue

The conference was co-organised by ECHA and the European Commission and took place in the ECHA conference centre from 13 November (13:00) to 14 November (16:00) 2017.

Programme

Presentations

13th November 2017
Welcome
  • Geert Dancet, ECHA Speech
  • Christina de Avila, the European Commission Speech
  • Results of the study on the impacts of authorisation, Valentina Bertato, the European Commission Presentation
Experiences of the applicants
  • Overview of applicants’ experiences, Erwin Annys, Cefic Presentation
  • Experiences of upstream chromates applications, Matthias Enseling, Hartchrom GmbH Presentation
    • Commentary, Richard Luit, the Dutch competent authority Presentation
  • Experiences of a downstream joint applicant, Rene van Rij, Hoogovens Presentation
  • We can do it alone – The application process of a small enterprise, Uwe Moeller, empBiotech Presentation
How the authorisation process has reduced risks
  • How has the authorisation process reduced risks: Results of the European Commission’s study on the impacts of authorisation, Hiram Moerman, Apeiron Presentation
  • An SME applicant’s experience of risk reduction, Iann Rancé, Expanscience Presentation
  • Authorisation and Risk Reduction - A Member State Perspective, Mark Schwägler, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany Presentation
  • Experiences of enforcement, Dimitri De Coninck, the Belgian competent authority Presentation
  • Reduction of risks as a result of the authorisation requirement and the opinion-development, Tim Bowmer, Chairman of ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee Presentation
    • Commentary, Dolores Romano, European Environmental Bureau
World café
  • Study on the impacts of authorisation, Rohit Mistry, eftec, and Hiram Moerman, Apeiron Presentation
  • REACH beyond 2018 – with special consideration of the regulatory alternatives ‘restriction’ and ‘authorisation, Olaf Wirth, Ökopol GmbH Presentation
  • ECHA’s Information bazar on DU notifications, Vasileios Kouloumpos, Giorgi Kvatchadze, ECHA Presentation
14th November 2017
Experiences of substitution
  • How has authorisation affected substitution: Results of the European Commission’s study on the impacts of authorisation, Rohit Mistry, eftec Presentation
  • Substitution of diarsenic trioxide in Murano glass, Maria Letizia Polci, the Italian competent authority Presentation
  • Experiences of substitution for flame retardants, Erwin Boënne, CTF 2000 Presentation
  • Experience of an alternative provider, Rüdiger Schäfer, Oerlikon Presentation
What has the system cost and what are the benefits
  • What are the costs and the benefits of authorisation: Results of the European Commission’s study on the impacts of authorisation, Rohit Mistry, eftec Presentation
    • Commentary, Hugo Waeterschoot, Eurometaux Presentation 
    • Commentary, Frida Hök, ChemSec
  • Socio-economic impacts of REACH authorisations — A meta-analysis of the first 100 applications for authorisation, Christoph Rheinberger, ECHA Presentation
Outlook of the years to come
  • Matti Vainio, ECHA, and Anna Borràs, the European Commission Presentation
Conclusion
  • Jack de Bruijn, ECHA, and Anna Borràs, the European Commission [Forthcoming]

Participants

Approximately 100 representatives of industry, accredited stakeholder organisations, the European Commission, Member State Competent Authorities and ECHA (secretariat and RAC/SEAC) attended the conference in person. In addition, around 15 remote participants followed the conference through web-streaming.

Contact

For questions about the conference, please contact: application-authorisation [at] echa.europa.eu

 


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