What does emerging environmental policy tell us about the future of chemical regulation?

Time & Location

Wednesday: 12.30 to 13.00, Stage 2

Session Host:

Session Host: Caroline RaineTechnical Director - National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)

About this Session

This discussion will look at the wider environmental policy trends, shifts and conversations to discuss how the ongoing focus on sustainability, at both corporate and legislative level, will likely impact how organisations put chemical products on the market. We will start with nearer policy like the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability and the European Green Deal, as well as the intentions underpinning the UK chemical regimen, before taking a wider view further into the future. This horizon scanning discussion will explore substance types and groups which may be enforced upon further, new classification and substance types, as well as enforcement.

Guest panellists embrace a mix of chemical regulatory and environmental policy experts. – including:

  • Chris Hughes, Head of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology – National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)
  • Nishma Patel, Policy Director – Chemical Industry Association
  • Simon Tilling, Partner – Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

Session Host Bio:

Caroline is a chemical legislation expert, with experience of interpreting and implementing EU legislation relating to hazardous chemical substances. Her knowledge and expertise is wide ranging, covering both supply and transport legislation. This experience has been developed whilst working directly in the chemical industry and through consultancy projects. Caroline is a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) for the transport of hazardous goods by road and rail, and holds a post graduate certificate in REACH management. Her depth of expertise means Caroline is able to help clients understand and manage their regulatory obligations, providing bespoke advice and guidance on specific regulatory matters and how best to comply.


Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Head of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology - National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)

Chris leads the Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology team at Ricardo, specialising in evaluating chemicals which pose a concern for long-term adverse impacts in the environment. Chris has over 10 years industrial experience, in his previous role at Shell he specialised in environmental hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, and global regulations such as REACH and GHS. He acted as a focal point for coordination of health and environmental hazard and risk information for safety data sheets (SDS) and was chair of a technical expert group at Concawe (Ecology Group), responsible for addressing environmental aspects of REACH for the European refining industry. Chris has built on this foundation and continues to work closely with Concawe as well as other key stakeholders including CEFIC and the Environment Agency supporting them with their environmental challenges.

Nishma Patel

Nishma Patel

Policy Director - Chemical Industries Association (CIA)

Nishma is Policy Director at the Chemical Industries Association . A Regulatory affairs professional with extensive experience in policy developments and interpretation of chemicals supply legislation such as GHS, CLP, transport regulation and REACH.

Simon Tilling

Simon Tilling

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP, UK

Simon is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson specialising in environmental law, chemicals regulation and product stewardship. With a first-class joint honours degree in chemistry and law, Simon has developed expertise in EU and UK regulations on the control of chemicals and products, such as REACH, BPR and RoHS, supply chain risk, and liability arising from chemicals in the environment. Simon is qualified in England & Wales and Scotland and has a particular focus on the new regimes for the GB market.  Simon is recommended in the leading legal directories where he is described as “super – especially on chemicals regulation” (Chambers 2021), and he was awarded ‘environment lawyer of the year’ in the Lexology Client Choice Awards 2021.