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:

Chris HughesHead of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology - 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.


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.