UK REACH: What’s New in ’22 !

Time & Location

Thursday: 14.00 to 15.00, Stage: 1

Session Host

Neil HollisRegulatory Affairs Manager at BASF

About this Session

Running on both days, bringing together a daily balanced panel drawn from government/gov agency , industry, association, NGO & legal 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.

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

Host Bio:

Neil leads on regulatory affairs for BASF plc and has worked in the chemical industry for over 30 years. He began his career in a laboratory for Allied Colloids in Bradford (UK) and during the following 20 years undertook various technical production roles. Neil further developed his expertise with CIBA Specialty Chemicals and subsequently, BASF.

For more than a decade, Neil has been actively involved in global substance registration and REACH compliance projects including technical dossier compilation, SIEF negotiations, data cost-sharing mechanisms along with consortia representation and site conformity. Currently, he is also coordinating BASF’s preparations and impact analysis with respect to Brexit and REACH across their expansive portfolio.

Guest Panellists:

Douglas Leech

Douglas Leech

Technical Director - Chemical Business Association

Douglas Leech is the Technical Director of the Chemical Business Association based in Crewe.

He joined the association in 2003 following over twenty years in the product formulation sector in management, health & safety, quality and R & D roles.

He is a charter chemist, scientist and safety professional and holds a dangerous goods safety advisor (DGSA) qualification since 1999. In his role in CBA he involved in work within the broad topics of transport, trade controls, chemical handling, security and health and safety.

He works in the UK, Europe and internationally in the area of security being a member of DG Home standing committee of experts (SCP) on explosives, in Europe, as an industry expert in the field of misuse of chemicals.

He is a member of the UK Chemical Weapons Authority Advisory Committee, a role he has held since 2006 and annually attends the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) associates programme to education national inspectors and industry of the extensive regulations for trade in chemicals.

He has also worked with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and Interpol to help provide an insight into industry obligations, systems and procedures to government officials and foster cooperation.

Jane Lawson

Jane Lawson

Senior PSRA manager - Croda International PLC

Jane has worked in regulatory affairs for over 30 years and has experience of chemical registration in several jurisdictions.

She led the REACH program for Croda and has been Chair of a number of consortia. She is currently the chair of the CIA’s REACH issue team.

Chloe Alexander

Chloe Alexander

UK Campaigner CHEM Trust

Chloe Alexander started as CHEM Trust’s Trade campaigner in February 2020. She has experience in UK policy-making and advocacy as a senior UK parliamentary researcher working on environmental issues for over ten years, including on the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 and the 2018 Agriculture Bill. She has also been campaigning on issues affecting the creative sector from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, as Policy Development Officer at Equity and political consultant to the trade unions of the Performers Alliance.

Craig Kelly

Craig Kelly

Director/Senior Consultant - ACRE Consultancy & representing British Chemicals Association (formerly BACS)

Craig has more than 25 years of chemicals regulation experience. With a career ranging from contract laboratories, product stewardship in industry and regulatory consultancy, he has broad experience of EU REACH. This has involved managing consortia, supporting lead registrants, running testing programmes and data sharing arrangements. Having established ACRE Consultancy in 2020, Craig is now directly involved in the challenges of UK REACH. This is both from a practical side, in supporting clients, but also as an advisory source for BCA member companies, who include chemical manufacturers and downstream users, from product formulators to distributors, service providers and retailers.”

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.

Dr. Andrew Smith

Dr. Andrew Smith

Head of REACH-CLP-PIC Technical Delivery, and Toxicology, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate Chemicals Regulation Division - Health & Safety Executive

Andrew has been Head of operational delivery for REACH, CLP and PIC in HSE’s Chemicals Regulatory Division since 2019. Teams in his Unit are also responsible for the toxicological and environmental assessment of biocides and plant protection products. In recent years, he has provided advice to industry and worked closely with officials from other government departments to ensure readiness for the UK’s exit from the EU. Previously, he contributed to the development of the EU REACH and CLP Regulations, and led the UK’s Competent Authority for REACH. Andrew joined HSE in 1992 as a toxicologist and has spent much of his career working closely with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and similar international bodies on regulatory dossiers. He was one of the UK’s two scientific experts on ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee, 2008-2019.

Main messages

HSE doesn’t have the lead policy role for UK REACH, so our focus is on providing a high quality regulatory service as the “Agency” that is driven by wider government and devolved policy, industry inputs, and the legislation itself. To achieve this we need to embed and operationalise efficient, effective processes and policies; recruit and train many new specialist staff, and work closely with partners in government, the scientific community, industry stakeholders and NGOs, as well as engaging internationally.  In the early years of UK REACH, we must both help ensure business continuity and initiate UK-specific regulatory activity to address key risks and substances of concern.