EU Biocides Seminar: The End of the Beginning

A Steptoe-sponsored event
May 18, 2017

EU Chemicals Regulation in 2017: Confronting the Issues

Please join us on Thursday, May 18 in Brussels for our annual EU Biocides Seminar.  Newly confirmed speakers include Eugen Anwander, Chair of the ECHA subgroup on BPR enforcement, Petra Van Sloun from Merck, and Ian Watt from Dow Chemical Services UK.  Other speakers include representatives from ECHA, the European Commission, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), industry and Steptoe's biocides team.  Participation is free of charge. 

Many of the transitional arrangements introduced by the BPR come to an end in 2017.  While the review program for active substances will continue for many years, the full force of the BPR is only beginning to bite now.  Our seminar will provide a forum to exchange views on problem areas, share best practices, and plan for the future.


Date: Thursday, May 18

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. 
Registration will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
A networking cocktail reception will follow the event

Location: Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Avenue Louise 489
B-1050 Brussels

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Erik van de Plassche, Chairman of the Biocidal Products Committee, ECHA
  • Eugen Anwander, Chair of the Subgroup on BPR Enforcement in ECHA’s Enforcement Group
  • Martinus Nagtzaam, Policy Officer, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Ulrike Frank, Scientific Officer, Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI)
  • Isabelle Demoment, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Hypred
  • Nathalie Hanon, Regulatory Affairs Manager Europe, Troy Chemical Company
  • Komal Jain, Senior Director, Chemical Products & Technology Division, American Chemistry Council
  • Petra Van Sloun, Manager Regulatory Affairs Europe - Cosmetics, Merck
  • Ian Watt, European Product Stewardship and Regulatory Manager, Dow Chemical Services UK Limited

Key Topics:

  • The work of ECHA's Biocidal Products Committee and priorities
  • Innovation and the BPR: Happy bedfellows?
  • Authorisation strategies: An industry perspective
  • The Commission's perspective on enforcement
  • Enforcement priorities of the BPR Subgroup within ECHA’s Forum
  • Treated articles enforcement
  • Litigation on data sharing before the Board of Appeal and the European Court of Justice
  • Approaches to biocides beyond the EU: US and Korea
  • Issues for downstream users of biocides (cosmetics, food contact, medical devices, and other uses)

To view a copy of the agenda, please click here.