UK REACH : Implementations and Implications

Guest panellist:

Darren AbrahamsPartner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP

Time & Location

Wednesday: 14.00 to 15.15, Stage 1

About this Session


UK REACH : Implementations and Implications

Running on both days, bringing together a daily balanced panel drawn from government/gov agency , industry, association, legal & NGO sources, the UK REACH panel will seek to address this hugely topical and sensitive issue for attending manufacturers, distributors as well as downstream formulator industries, pharma to automotive and other key chemical-user industry groups.

Each panel session provides an opportunity to hear contrasting perspectives from panellists around this key topic, seeking to address ‘real concerns’ from across the industry as well as reflecting day to day sector practicalities. Opening up then into an open Q&A , audience participants get the chance to get up to the minute latest feedback from expert industry panellists.

Panellists for WED 15th Sept currently include:

  • Neil Hollis, Regulatory Affairs Manager – BASF plc  (Panel Host)_
  • Nishma Patel, Policy Director – Chemical Industries Association (CIA)
  • Mel Biring, Global Product Regulatory Advocacy Manager – LUBRIZOL
  • Darren Abraham, Partner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP
  • Lara Dickens, Managing Director – Chemservice
  • Simon Johnson, Head of Chemicals Stakeholder Communications and Engagement Team – Defra
  • Ciara Dempsey, Regulatory Affairs Manager, British Coatings Federation (BCF)

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Panellist bio:

Darren enables clients throughout the chemicals and life sciences supply chain to get and keep their products on the European market (in the UK and the EU). He focuses on defence of products through strategic advice, advocacy before institutions and agencies, and litigation before EU and national courts and tribunals. He has a wealth of experience with the regulation of biocidal products, plant protection products (agrochemicals), REACH, classification, labelling and packaging, GM food and feed, cosmetics, and endocrine disruptors. Darren is recognized Europe-wide for his Environment and Agro/Food practice by Chambers Europe, who quotes clients’ praise for his work: “he is very knowledgeable and experienced in his field – a very good communicator who is responsive and strategically savvy” and “when it comes to things like REACH and chemicals law, he is the best”.