Overcoming New Hurdles: Biocides, REACH, and Food Contact Materials

(A Steptoe-sponsored Event)
April 1-2, 2014

Annual Chemicals Regulation Seminar

On 1 and 2 April, 2014 Steptoe organized in Brussels a complimentary seminar on the latest chemical regulatory issues.  The speakers were drawn from the European Commission, industry leaders, and members of Steptoe's Environment and Life Sciences team in our Brussels, Washington, and Beijing offices.  This event was supported by the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (AmCham Belgium).

Location: Le Châtelain Hotel Brussels - rue du Châtelain 17, 1000 Brussels


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

10:00 – 13:00 General Chemicals Regulation: EU and China
10:00 – 11:30

REACH - Substance and Dossier Evaluation
Ruxandra Cana, Indiana de Seze, Michel Michaux

Global Chemical Inventories – Challenges and Opportunities for Substance Evaluations
Lydia Duff, Senior Environmental Counsel, WR Grace                    

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:00

Chinese Chemical Regulatory Update
Ying Huang, Steptoe’s China Counsel 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Biocides in Food Contact Applications Around the Globe
14:00 – 15:30 Food Contact Materials Under the BPR
Dr. Anna Gergely, Steptoe’s Brussels office 

Regulating Antibacterials in Food Contact Applications in the US
Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman, Steptoe’s Washington office 

Reform of China’s Disinfectant Regulatory System: Are You Ready?
Ying Huang, Steptoe’s China Counsel

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Panel Discussion: The Regulatory Path Forward for Food Contact Materials Under the BPR 
Including Dr. Annette Schäfer, Head of the Food Contact Sector Group, DG SANCO, European Commission  
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 – 20:00  Introduction to the BPR for Regulatory Professionals New to Biocides
  Regulatory Overview of the Biocides Regime
Indiana de Seze, Steptoe’s Brussels office
Craig Simpson, Steptoe’s Brussels office 

Practicalities of the Dossier Submission for Active Substances and Products
Dr. Stefan Nave, Assistant Manager Regulatory Affairs Biocides, SCC Scientific Consulting Company
Dr. Michael Werner, Senior Manager Biocides, SCC Scientific Consulting Company 

BPR Data Protection, Sharing and Compensation
Darren Abrahams, Steptoe’s Brussels office

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

09:30 – 16:30  In-depth Biocides Review
09:30 – 10:00  Welcome Coffee
10:00 – 10:10

Opening Remarks
Seth Goldberg, Steptoe’s Washington office

10:10 – 10:45 

Business Impacts of the BPR: An Industry Perspective
Nathalie Hanon, Regulatory Affairs Manager Europe, Troy Corporation

10:45 – 11:20

BPR Data Negotiation Process
Darren Abrahams, Steptoe’s Brussels office

11:20 – 12:05

BPR: Key Commission Issues and Next Steps
Pierre Choraine, Biocides Team Coordinator, DG Environment, European Commission

12:05 – 12:40 Q&A
12:40 – 13:30 Lunch 
13:30 – 14:10

Successful Dossier Strategies for Actives and Products
Indiana de Seze, Steptoe’s Brussels office
Craig Simpson, Steptoe’s Brusselsoffice


14:10 – 14:30

Protecting Business Secrets
Darren Abrahams, Steptoe’s Brussels office

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:20

Controversy Around Treated Articles and In-situ Generated Active Substances
Dr. Anna Gergely, Steptoe’s Brussels office

15:20 – 15:40

Borderline Issues (Chemical Legislation, Biocides, Cosmetics, Medicinal Products and Packaging)
Ruxandra Cana, Steptoe’s Brussels office
Dr. Barry Podd, Steptoe’s Brussels office

15:40 – 16:30 Final Q&A With All Speakers and Closing Remarks