Chemical Watch Global Business Summit 2017

The Global Business Summit 2017 is a unique three-day event with a sharp focus on the business aspects of chemicals regulations across the globe. Taking place in Amsterdam from 20-22 March 2017, the Summit will provide you with expert insights to help you develop strategies to meet the business challenges posed by today’s complex and evolving regulatory environment.

Day one of the Summit focuses on the rise of global chemicals regulations and their impact on business. The day starts with a keynote presentation from Achim Halpaap of UNEP which considers how we are moving forwards on sound management of chemicals globally. The expert speakers will then look at some new areas of regulation including those from Canada, Brazil, the EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals, the USA, Korea, South Africa and Turkey.

Following this, Session 2 looks at Innovation and REACH and includes speakers from the EU Commission, ECHA, and CEFIC. The afternoon finishes with a panel session considering whether we are on course to meet our chemicals management goals or we need a step change.

Session on day two will take a closer look at supply chain issues. Following a keynote address from Frank Michel, Executive Director of ZDHC, the day focuses on different industry sectors and their specific supply chain issues. Sectors to be included:

  • Electronics
  • Aerospace
  • Food contact
  • Cosmetics
  • Construction and building products
  • Textiles
  • Retail
  • Children’s products

This presentations will also look at some cross-sectoral issues including the implications of Brexit for downstream companies, supply chain communication tools, conflict mineral regulation, upstream authorisation applications, nano regulation and implications of the recent ECJ ruling on the definition of an article under Reach.

Day three starts with a look at safer chemicals and the regulatory and voluntary drivers. This includes safer chemicals under REACH, the USA and California. The expert panel will then move on to consider the different tools and approaches to safer chemicals. This session includes case studies from innovation projects. The final session of the Summit focuses on substitution and substance awareness.



20 March 2017 to 22 March 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dr. Elisabeth Wekel Head of Business Chemicals & Biocides - Product Safety
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